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BMe Community offers $200,000 to support black men working togetherto better Detroit
Applications open through Feb. 28, 2013
BMe is a growing network of black men working together to strengthen Detroit
(Jan. 23, 2013) African-American men from all walks of life who are making a positive impact inDetroit now have the opportunity to win grant money from BMe to continue making thecommunity stronger.From Jan. 23 to Feb. 28, 2013, black men who have uploaded a video testimonial of what theydo to better their community and fill out brief applications at BMeCommunity.org have achance at grants of up to $20,000 each. BMe will be giving away a total of $200,000 in Detroit.The idea is to acknowledge what so many brothers are already doing for their communitiesand to support their willingness to work together for the greater good. To forward thatmission, priority for funding will be given to projects that include partnerships or multiplepeople working together to deepen their impact.
“So many brothers are doing more than their fair share to make Detroit a better place to live.
By providing funding, BMe hopes to both give them the boost they need to go further with
their work, and bring more people into the growing ranks of engaged black men,” said Trabian
Shorters, vice president of communities for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, whichis piloting BMe in partnership with the Open Society Foundations.Numerous events
—from barbershop talks to “random acts of community”—
have taken placein three cities
Detroit, Philadelphia and Baltimore
—since BMe’s official launch in November
2012. Hundreds of men have shared their stories at these events
many of which can be foundat BMecommunity.org.
“BMe is a powerful platform that builds on the existing assets and contributions of black menin Detroit,” said Shawn Dove
, manager of the Open Society Foundations Campaign for Black
Male Achievement. “We’re thrilled to partner with the Knight Foundation in this endeavor that
spotlights and supports the iconic leaders we need who are already in our communities doing