The Community Engagement division builds membership, partnerships, notoriety and capacity on behalf of the Collaborative and the organizations we work with everyday to provide quality service to Ward 8 families.


Mini-Grants & Capacity-Building Grants

The mini-grants program was established to support the implementation activities and initaitives that help:

  • Keep children safe from child abuse and neglect.

  • Help families build support systems

  • Assist residents and local non-profits to develop and improve the capacity to solve issues and community challenges

Our Spring / Summer Grant Application Cycle has CLOSED. Please check back for more information about our Fall / Winter grant process. 

Ward 8 Drug Free Coalition

The mission of the Ward 8 Drug Free Coalition is to develop and implement comprehensive community-based activities designed to provide youth with positive alternative life choices. 

The coalition engages Ward 8 youth, ages 11-17, in year-round programming designed to reduce alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, and synthetic drug use among youth through community engagement and peer intervention. 

Please contact our office if you have a child interested in W8DFC. 

Safe Summer Initiative 

Our annual Safe Summer Program is a three tier approach to keeping our children and families safe and engaged: 

  1. Work with MPD to identify neighborhoods where an increase in crime exists. Identify key community stakeholders that can work collectively to flood the neighborhood with programs and activities that will keep children safe and aim to decrease deviant behavior;

  2. Hire young people between ages of 18-25 who live in targeted neighborhoods to help with the programming and provide workforce development training to help prepare them for careers;

  3. Develop and distribute a comprehensive calendar of community activities for youth and families so all neighborhoods are aware of constructive programming aimed at keeping children safe and neighborhoods free from violence.


The Community Engagement Division leads FSFSC’s capacity-building efforts through collaboration with service providers to ensure that there is effective coordination of programs, events and activities for residents. We assist our partners with identifying grant opportunities and resources to help build the system of care.

•       Partners Network- HUB Model

•       Family Support Centers

•       Mini-Grants 

•       Grant Writing Assistance and Technical Support

•       Prevention Programs 

•       Capacity Building Grants