Motor City Mission Fellowship Criteria
What are we looking for in a project?
Projects need to include the following criteria
- Be carried out in service to your community
- Be carried out in cooperation with a community partner also concerned with serving the same community
- Involve the people or congregations of the Presbytery of Detroit as an opportunity for mission.
What are we looking for in a Fellow?
Our Fellows are innovators and risk takers. They are proactive, self-starters and are committed to their community. Motor City Mission Fellows want their religious life to be a matter of action and practices. They want to explore the connection between their faith and their vocation.
If there is an area of work that you’ve been passionate about but haven’t felt able to pursue or if you want to make the transition from a day-to-day job to meaningful work in service to others you may be a Motor City Mission Fellow.
Working with a Community Partner
All projects will need to work with a community partner whose work is relevant to the community you intend to serve. This is who you will work with in the nuts and bolts of making your project a reality. They may be a congregation, nonprofit organization or even a local business. The community partner will serve as a resource, providing accountability and a supportive environment for the starting of a new venture.
Community partners agree to work with the Fellow on a part time basis, to provide them minimal administrative support as appropriate to their project and to commit to helping them be successful in their work.
A community partner may be suggested by the nature of your project or the the area or demographic you wish to serve. If you have an idea of who you want to work with you should include it in your initial pitch. Final proposals need to be made with the understanding that you have been in communication with your community partner and that they are willing to work with you.
Work with one of our partners
Motor City Mission Corps has been building relationships with several organizations who believe in supporting young adult leadership and are interested in working with young adults in service. If you don’t have a partner in mind, consider the organizations we are already working with.
Stage 1 - Pitch your idea
Pitches are accepted on a rolling deadline
You’ll need to be able to describe the people you want to serve, what activities your program will entail, and where it will take place. What is the purpose of your project and what could it accomplish for the people you are serving? What will it mean for you to receive this grant and be able to make your idea a reality?
You’ll need to communicate clearly and spell correctly but you don’t need to give us a complete plan as to how your project will be carried out. At this stage our team needs to understand what you want to do and get caught up in your excitement to make it happen.
Stage 2 - Finished Proposal
We accept proposals for a possible start in the next month
After submitting your pitch you will work with us to further develop it into a proposal that fully communicates your vision for lifting up your community. Decisions will be made based on written proposals and other materials submitted. Only if we need additional help making a decision will we ask prospective participants to present in person.
The final proposal must include a written document with the elements listed below. You may also use video, audio, images, slides or other media to make your case. All submitted materials should build on your vision and give us a better idea of who you are and what you want to do.
Elements to include in a final proposal
- Overview of your project - A brief description of what you want to do and why.
- Who are you - What is your background? What have you done in the past that might show us you have what it takes to be successful now?
- Community Partner - Who are you going to work with and why are they a good fit for your project?
- Your community - Introduce us to the community you wish to serve. Who are they, what are their needs? Who else, apart from the people you are serving, will be interested in what you want to do?
- Impact - What will your program accomplish for your community, your community partner, and for you (personally and professionally)
- Methodology - How will your program work? Is your work in providing services, hosting events, empowering advocacy, etc?
- Resources - What resources are needed to make your project happen? You should consider physical space, intellectual capital, spiritual guidance, program materials, and financial needs as well as anything else relevant to your work. This portion will need to include a rough budget showing how you intend to put the grant to work.
- Lifespan - If your project is intended to accomplish a specific goal, how long do you think it will take? If it ongoing, what will it look like in one, five or ten years? During its lifespan, how do you think you can sustain it?
Your proposal should include these elements in order to be successful but this is not an exhaustive list nor are prospective fellows required to use this list as an outline.