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.