SpartanNash continues checkout donations program

The SpartanNash Foundation will kick off a program through SpartanNash’s corporate owned D&W Fresh Market, Family Fare, VG’s and ValuLand stores throughout Michigan on March 1, 2015. The program will run through March 14, 2015. Store guests will have the opportunity to donate $1, $5 or $10 at checkout to support home building in the communities where the dollars are raised.

Changes to U.S. Affiliated Organization Policy Handbook

HFHI is inviting comments on three proposed policy revisions to the U.S. Affiliated Organization Policy Handbook.

Proposed policy revisions include:

Policy 22 – Sale of the Housing Unit. If approved, this proposed policy will replace the existing Policy 22: Closing and Servicing and the substance of existing Policy 23: House Pricing Policy.

Policy 23 – Mortgage Origination. If approved, this proposed policy will replace the existing Policy 23: House Pricing and the substance of existing Policy 24: Mortgage.

Grants available from State Farm

State Farm Youth Advisory Board funding:

The State Farm® Youth Advisory Board (YAB) has made its 2015 service-learning grant application available. Four million dollars will be granted to quality, youth-led service-learning initiatives throughout the United States.

Grants range from $25,000 to $100,000, and Request for Proposals (RFP) must be submitted online by Friday, May 1 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Complete details and contact information are available at

Take advantage of incredible craftsmanship through the Prison Build Program

The Prison Build program, a partnership between Habitat for Humanity of Michigan and the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), provides Habitat partner families with affordable products built with high quality craftsmanship while also supporting the education of prisoners for their reentry into society. This program is generously subsidized through a grant provided by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).

Home Depot Foundation seeks applicants for Veteran Housing Grants Program - deadline is February 24

January 29, 2015

The Home Depot Foundation (THDF) is seeking opportunities to support veteran housing projects around the country to further its mission to ensure every veteran has a safe place to call home. The Veteran Housing Grants Program provides grants to nonprofits to fund the development and repair of housing for veterans. Projects may be new construction or rehab and must be either in progress or about to commence within the next 12 months. Awards typically range from $100,000 to $500,000. The deadline for proposal is February 24.

Michigan Nonprofit Association membership

Habitat for Humanity of Michigan provides all Michigan affiliates with a membership to Michigan Nonprofit Association at no cost to the affiliate. This partnership provides all Habitat affiliates with full membership access to MNA resources, including: publications, grant research, convening, negotiated discounts on services and trainings, as well as live and recorded webinars.

January AmeriCorps Spotlight

The 2014-2015 year for the AmeriCorps program is well underway! The program currently has 17 members currently serving in 8 affiliates and 2 partner agencies across Michigan. In the spring, 8 more members will start in their positions with 4 additional affiliates. Since September, AmeriCorps members have assisted in the completion of 4 new homes, 7 home rehabilitations, and 8 critical home repairs. They have also recruited or trained over 450 new volunteers and trained 40 families in valuable homeownership skills.

Upcoming Neighborworks Training Opportunity

The next NeighborWorks Training Institute (NTI) will occur May 4-8, 2015 in Kansas City, MO. Are you (or someone else at your affiliate) interested in attending? Please email Nicole Schafer at for more information and to be added to our waiting list. This opportunity extends to staff, board members and volunteers.