Green Grocer Project
The Green Grocer Project has helped create competitive, sustainable grocery offerings in Detroit while
improving fresh food offerings for residents. The Green Grocer Project
was launched with a $500,000 seed grant from The Kresge Foundation. DEGC
manages the program, which includes:
- A Grocer Clearinghouse for
existing store operators and those operators interested in making new
investments in Detroit.
- Technical Assistance: The
Program will assist participating grocers in addressing operational and
store development needs that they encounter on a daily basis, in order to
ensure the highest quality provision of fresh foods at the store.
- Loan funding for store
improvements: The City of Detroit plans to allocate $500,000 in CDBG-R
funds to seed a revolving loan fund at DEGC. In addition, staff will assist
grocers in accessing other financing sources to carry out the improvements
identified through the technical assistance program.
- A Facade Improvement Program designed
to upgrade the exteriors of
Detroit’s neighborhood grocery stores with a 50/50 matching grants up to $50,000.
For information about applying for assistance through the program,
send a message with contact information and a brief description of your request
via email to the Green Grocer Program Manager or via fax to (313) 963-8839.