Detroit’s Motor City Match gives grants to 20 more businesses

Detroit’s Motor City Match gives grants to 20 more businesses

Ken Walker has had a goal to open a high-end street fashion clothing store since

Ken Walker, the owner of K. Walker Collective, won a $30,000 Motor City Match cash grant.

Ken Walker has had a goal to open a high-end street fashion clothing store since he was 15 years old.

His dream will soon come true for his clothing brand, the K. Walker Collective. With the assistance of a Motor City Match cash grant of $30,000, Walker plans to open a storefront in Midtown at 4161 Cass Ave., just two blocks away from where he attended the Detroit School of Arts. 

He said he has a goal to provide “opportunities and equitable positions for a lot of these youth that are coming up in Detroit who are interested in fashion, but maybe not seeing opportunities right in the city that they know and they love. So for me, it’s really about bringing that to the area, but really helping that to be an incubator of hope for a lot of other people.”

Walker is one of 20 businesses that received a cash grant during the 20th round of Detroit’s Motor City Match program. The program announced Tuesday that it has doubled its typical grant fund of $500,000 to $1 million. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan stated that the increase in funding will come from American Rescue Plan Act dollars. 

Detroit's Mayor Mike Duggan congratulates the Round 20 cash grant winners of the Motor City Match program on August 30, 2022.

“I think what we consistently have seen is that there’s generally always more great applicants than we have the capacity to award,” said Drew Lucco, director of Motor City Match. “So what this will allow us to do is offer more grants to more businesses, in some cases to offer larger grants than we would have in the past.”

Grant prizes ranged from $30,000 to $80,000. The winning businesses offer products and services such as a cider mill, an art gallery gathering space, a beauty spa, coffee roastery, ice cream shop, party decorations, a distribution center, a laundromat, plumbing, apparel and several restaurants.