Citizens Bank, Bader Foundation and Skidmore Studio are proud to announce a new round of the Growing Communities Initiative. To date, the Growing Communities initiative has invested $470,000 in the Eastern Market Corporation and the Detroit Community Market Network for neighborhood revitalization through small business development.

Through Growing Communities, enterprises with a connection to Eastern Market, the Detroit Community Market Network or urban growers in Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck can apply for business enhancements including signage, custom stands, equipment and land.

How the program works (NEW FOR 2017!)

Eastern Market is teaming up with ioby to give grantees an opportunity to get more funding for their business. This year, Eastern Market Growing Communities grantees will be given the opportunity to create a crowdfunding page on, and for every dollar raised, EM Growing Communities will match it -- up to $3,000 per grantee. 

About ioby: ioby is a national nonprofit crowdfunding platform for projects that make communities stronger, healthier, more equitable and more livable. On, anyone with a great idea for their community can raise funds, find volunteers, and build visibility for their project, all with one-on-one support and training from ioby.

Also new for 2017, Skidmore Studio is offering an array of marketing services ranging from brand strategy to creative execution for up to 5 Eastern Market Growing Communities grantees. Based on the grantee’s needs and objectives, the studio will propose a plan of action which may involve the development of a tactical marketing plan and/or the development of a logo, identity system, packaging design, signage, or website design. Services will be valued at approximately $10,000 per grantee.  

Learn more                                          Apply now