32 small businesses win grants from Detroit’s Motor City Match program

Tracy Reese, the founder of sustainable fashion company Hope for Flowers, received a $55,000 cash grant from Detroit's Motor City Match program.

Detroit’s Motor City Match program announced Wednesday that it is giving cash grants to 32 other businesses in the city.

Round 21 winning small businesses will receive funding from a pool of $1.3 million. There are 17 new companies that will receive grants from a pool of $965,000. The other $341,000 in cash grants will go to 15 existing businesses through the program’s restoration pathway, which is funded by the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan Act that was intended to provide COVID-19 relief.

The 17 new companies represent 15 different Detroit neighborhoods across seven council districts.

Tracy Reese, the founder and creative director of Hope for Flowers, received a $55,000 grant. Her sustainable fashion business is located at the Franklin Wright Settlements YouthVille Center, but will be moving to a new space at 119 Garfield Ave. in Detroit. The company organizes courses and workshops for young people and adults. Reese hopes the new space will have more room for people to attend classes, which she says are usually overflowing.