*Programming for RFP has Ended*


Ford Motor Company Fund is pleased to announce that we are accepting proposals for 2018 programming for both Ford Resource and Engagement Centers (FREC):

FREC D1: Mercado 2826 Bagley Detroit, MI 48216 location

FREC D2: Fisher Upper Magnet Academy 15491 Maddelein St. Detroit, MI 48205.

Ford Resource And Engagement Centers are part of Ford Fund’s ongoing commitment to drive social economic mobility for families in Detroit.

What is the FREC?

The Ford Resource and Engagement Center (FREC) is a client-directed community center where people can learn new skills, obtain needed services, develop new talents and celebrate community. Made possible with grants from Ford Motor Company Fund, The Ford Resource and Engagement Center brings together nonprofit partners to serve the surrounding community.

Who should apply?

501c3 non-profit organizations, for-profit businesses, and social ventures wishing to collaborate with Ford Motor Company Fund on a project or program that offers solutions to pressing social and economic problems in Southeast Michigan’s most underserved communities. 2018 FREC Partners will deliver ideas that address the following question:

“How might we accelerate inclusive and sustainable economic mobility for individuals and families in Detroit’s underserved neighborhoods?”

 We are looking for social ventures that provide best-in-class, innovative services that fit into the following three socio-economic buckets:

  1. Basic Needs (stabilize) – Services that stabilize and remove socioeconomic barriers including safety, food, and housing.
  2. Economic Growth (accelerate) – Services which accelerate and create socioeconomic growth opportunities including education, workforce and entrepreneurship training.  
  3. Quality of Life (thrive) – Services which contribute to the greater good of humankind through a sense of community including arts and culture, mentoring/mentorship and service.


What types of ideas are we looking for?

Solutions may address, but are not limited to, any of the following outcome areas:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Workforce Readiness
  • Career Pathway Education
  • Financial Literacy
  • Mobility
  • Food and Shelter
  • Safety
  • Health and Wellness
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Youth Development & Mentorship
  • Education Innovation

If you have an idea to drive social mobility that is not listed here, we want to hear from you too.
Proposal Evaluation
We will be evaluating each organization’s proposal based on the following five criteria/themes:

  1. Activation of the Space – This is our community, and we want to see you.
    The most competitive applications will have a clear vision for usage of the space, a dynamic mix of planned programing and activities to attract new users into the space, a commitment to being present beyond scheduled programming, and the number and quality of programming hours.
  2. Connectivity/Collaboration – We support and learn from each other in our community.
    Beyond programming, how will your organization use the space to integrate your goals with other partners on site? How will your organization use the space to drive social mobility through community engagement? Are you a feeder/referral source or recipient partner within the socioeconomic mobility pipeline? How are you connected to other partners? 
  3. Budget Efficiency – We are both effective and efficient.
    What steps has your organization taken to become more efficient in the delivery of services, both administratively  and in terms of cost per person impacted?  What is your average cost per person served?
  4. Team/Capacity/Sustainability – We bring the right people to make the difference.
    Who is on your team? What is their current capacity? How is your team uniquely positioned to drive social mobility? Who from your team will be on site?
  5. Measurable Impact on Social Mobility – We know what works, what doesn’t, and what we need to learn.
    What problem does your organization solve? In what ways does your programing drive social mobility? How do you measure your impact on social mobility?

Proposal Submission Process

  • Organizations can begin submitting proposals on November 15, 2017. The RFP can be found at https://www.freccity.org/rfp/
  • Applications are due in our online system by 5 p.m. on December 5, 2017.
  • Finalists will be invited to Community Pitch Day – If an organization is selected as a finalist, they will be asked to make a pitch to the community during the week of December 11, 2017. A variety of community stakeholders, including parents, students, teachers and community members will play an integral role in the selection of which partners will be providing programming during the 2018 calendar year in both of the FREC’s.  
  • Applicants will be notified of the status of their proposal by the end of January 2017.

What Can You Expect if Your Organization Is Selected?

Funding will be awarded for the 2018 year, with the expectation of a mid-year performance review based on the above-mentioned criteria.

Any questions regarding Ford Resource and Engagement Center programming proposals should be directed to Justin Kimpson, Senior Program Director, Ford Resource & Engagement Center, jkimpson@gcfb.org or James Feagin, FREC City Entrepreneur-In-Residence at jfeagin@freccity.org.