The national reform network seeks to increase the academic success of community college students, particularly low-income and underrepresented students. This three-year grant enables Achieving the Dream to strengthen its national community college leadership development program, add four urban community colleges in California to its network and prepare for a transition in executive leadership.
The association is the world’s oldest, largest and most diverse organization of public health professionals. Through this three-year grant, the association’s Center for School, Health and Education is helping nine school-based health clinics link the education and public health communities to reduce the impact of social conditions that lead to poor health and academic outcomes in at-risk students.
The human-services organization provides counseling, health care, employment training and job placement, translation, immigration and youth services to Middle Eastern and mainstream communities in Southeast Michigan. Assisted by this grant, the council is developing a community farmers market and education center offering nutrition programs at the Penrose Village Housing development in Detroit’s Chaldean Town.
The association promotes education, policies and activities that mitigate current and future losses, costs and human suffering caused by flooding, and protects the natural and beneficial functions of floodplains without causing adverse impacts. A grant enables an association staff member to assist the White House Council on Environmental Quality with the implementation of recommendations developed by a special task force to advance national climate resilience and preparedness.
The organization creates national issue-based campaigns, such as Opportunity Nation, driven by broad cross-partisan coalitions intended to inspire culture change and accelerate public-policy development to bring about positive changes in society. This grant supported Opportunity Nation’s 2015 national summit and supplements prior funding for the coalition of 300 nonprofits, businesses, educational institutions and civic organizations working to expand economic mobility and close the opportunity gap in America.
The family-counseling agency works to strengthen and enhance the lives of children, youth and families through partnerships that support safe, nurturing, vibrant homes and communities. This grant funds a 13-month, community-based neighborhood stabilization initiative to establish comprehensive land-use plans and mobilize a volunteer-driven cleanup campaign for the Osborn neighborhood.
The nonpartisan investigative news organization works to enhance democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of trust by powerful public and private institutions. A two-year grant supports the center’s high-impact reporting on environmental and health issues and their implications for vulnerable communities.
The center identifies causes of racial inequity at a systems level and works with partners to promote equity and fairness. It is using a two-year grant to develop model policies and support pilot programs to bring community-driven energy-efficiency and renewable-energy projects to low-income communities.
The national nonpartisan research and policy institute provides rigorous analysis on federal and state budgets and programs to strengthen the safety net and protect pathways to economic security. Funding covered additional costs of our third Kresge Human Services Grantee Policy Convening, held in December 2014, which coincided with the center’s annual State Fiscal Policy Conference.
The faith-based organization provides housing, workforce training, neighborhood-beautification and youth-development services designed to bolster Central Detroit neighborhoods and empower residents. This grant is being used to transform vacant lots into fitness-focused neighborhood pocket parks and connect them with a walking path to foster healthy, active living in the Middle Woodward Corridor.
The college of art and design enrolls 1,400 graduate and undergraduate students across a variety of disciplines and provides community-based programming. A two-year grant provides operational funding for the college’s Detroit Creative Corridor Center, a program operated by the college, and accelerates the expansion of the local creative economy.
The advocacy organization focuses on building consumer advocacy to impact health care policy. Assisted by a three-year grant, Community Catalyst is developing and implementing a Community Benefits Scorecard in six cities to help community members, advocacy groups and hospital systems work collaboratively to improve population health and strengthen the role of anchor institutions in low-income urban communities.
Community Partners’ efforts to promote social service innovation include the City Project, which utilizes land-use planning strategies, policy and legal research and community organizing to address environmental disparities and to increase access to natural places for urban communities. Community Partners also serves as the fiscal sponsor of the Talent Philanthropy Project, an initiative to strengthen the nonprofit sector, and is using this grant to underwrite TPP’s first advisory council meeting.
The national network provides financial and technical assistance to communities to develop permanent supportive housing for people who are homeless because of unemployment and chronic health issues. This two-year grant underwrites the launch and operation of the Strong Families Fund, a 10-year pilot program that incentivizes affordable-housing developers to use housing as a platform for delivering human services to low-income residents.
Cranbrook is a leading center of education, science and art with a 319-acre campus that encompasses the graduate Academy of Art, contemporary Art Museum, the Institute of Science and K-12 college preparatory schools. This grant supports the Art Museum’s “Nick Cave: Here Hear” exhibition and a Detroit-based performance series.
The foundation works to transform the practice of public health by supporting projects that build workforce capacity, improve infrastructure and advance information and data sharing. Through a two-year grant, it is serving as the administrator of the BUILD Health Challenge (a collaborative with the Robert Wood Johnson, de Beaumont and Colorado Health foundations and the Advisory Board Co.), an initiative to increase the number and effectiveness of hospital/community/public health collaborations that improve population health and promote health equity.
The consortium of more than 20 neighborhood organizations and institutions is dedicated to revitalizing Detroit’s east side through information sharing, joint advocacy and collective action. This grant advances planning for the Beaufait Belt Line Greenway, a 1.5-mile bike and walking greenway connecting Gleaners Community Food Bank to the Riverwalk at Mt. Elliott Park.
The organization champions local and national collaboration to advance environmental justice, achieve sustainable redevelopment and foster safe, healthy communities through innovative policy, education and workforce initiatives. This grant is being used to develop plans for the Southwest Detroit Green Buffers project, which creates buffer zones between residential and industrial areas to improve environmental quality and public health.
The legal-aid organization works to protect civil rights, promote tribal sovereignty and alleviate civil legal problems for people who live in poverty in the southwestern United States. Through a three-year grant, five sites will be added to DNA’s medical-legal partnership program, which leverages medical-legal collaboration and direct legal advocacy to reduce health disparities and improve outcomes for low-income Native Americans.
The program develops good citizenship in urban youth through strong academic support, a demanding boxing program and a commitment to community volunteer service. This grant funds the phase-one renovation of a larger facility to create a new headquarters and expand programming.