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January 29, 2015
Kresge News

Textile artist Ruth Adler Schnee selected as 2015 Kresge Eminent Artist

Groundbreaking textile artist Ruth Adler Schnee has been named the 2015 Kresge Eminent Artist.


January 15, 2015
Kresge News

Leading South African educator seeks to change lives as his was changed

The Atlantic Philanthropies and Kresge announced today a joint investment of $500,000 (R5,726,100) to establish The Brian O’Connell Visiting African Scholar Fund. The fund will bring visiting scholars and scientists of African descent to the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.

Categories: Education

January 13, 2015
Kresge News

Kresge CEO explores role in arts and culture in Detroit in Federal Reserve journal

The Center for Community Development Investments at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco focuses on creative placemaking in the newest issue of its journal Community Development Investment Review. The themed issue includes articles by experts in multiple disciplines, all addressing the importance of artists and arts organizations in community development. Together, the articles encourage greater incorporation of creative approaches in placemaking.

Categories: Detroit

January 8, 2015
Kresge News

Kresge and Surdna foundations support community lenders’ integration of arts and culture in local revitalization efforts

Seven Community Development Financial Institutions will receive grants for efforts that integrate arts, culture and creativity into community revitalization work. The Kresge and Surdna foundations will provide a total of $1.35 million over two years to the seven community lenders. The grants will allow the lenders to support the activities of artists and art enterprises that contribute to health and well-being of neighborhoods as part of broader redevelopment efforts.   For example, the CDFIs will:

Categories: Arts & Culture

January 6, 2015
Kresge News

Public health teams around U.S. chosen for projects to help communities, enhance leadership

Local public health officers in nearly a dozen states have been selected to take part in a Kresge Foundation initiative to enhance their ability to lead in today’s changing health care environment. Twelve public health officer teams were identified in a nationwide competitive process. Each team will receive up to $125,000 and technical assistance to implement a project in the community it serves. Participants in Kresge’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health are:

Categories: Health

December 19, 2014
Kresge News

Foundation closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 4

The Kresge Foundation will be closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 4. You may leave messages via the Contact Us page and by email. Our staff members will respond as quickly as possible after the offices reopen Jan. 5. The Kresge staff and Board of Trustees extend best wishes to our friends and partners for the holiday season and new year.

Categories: The Kresge Foundation

December 15, 2014
Program Update

Arts and Culture Program grant opportunity continues into 2015

Early next year Kresge’s Arts and Culture Program expects to revise its grant opportunity for organizations integrating arts and culture into specific community revitalization work. The Arts and Culture Program’s grantmaking and investing centers on advancing the body of knowledge around creative placemaking practice.   

Categories: Arts & Culture

December 10, 2014
Kresge News

Early childhood education: Kresge pledges $20M to White House initiative

The Kresge Foundation has committed $20 million over five years to help ensure Detroit’s youngest children have access to high-quality early childhood education and are well prepared for school.

Categories: Detroit

December 4, 2014
Kresge News

Book focuses on better using data to support efforts to improve health, education, economic stability, communities

A new book from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Urban Institute outlines opportunities and challenges for using data to reduce poverty, improve health, expand access to quality education and build stronger communities. 

Categories: The Kresge Foundation

November 24, 2014
Program Update

FAQ available for Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit grant opportunity

Kresge’s Detroit Program has updated the Frequently Asked Questions document for the Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit grant opportunity. The update is based on questions raised during a Nov. 17 question-and-answer session. Members of the Detroit Program team and Detroit Future City fielded questions at the event, which was held at TechTown in Detroit.

Categories: Detroit

November 20, 2014
Kresge News

$1.7M in grants support climate-resilience efforts focused on low-income communities

Community-based nonprofits in 10 states will get help with climate-resilience planning, policy development and implementation efforts to advance the priorities and needs of low-income people.  Seventeen nonprofits will receive grants through The Kresge Foundation’s Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity Initiative. Launched this past summer, the initiative attracted more than 230 nonprofits seeking planning grants. The organizations selected from that field will each receive $100,000. They are: 

Categories: Environment

November 12, 2014
Kresge News

$7.5 million BUILD Health Challenge aims to bolster community health and health equity

Hospitals, public health and nonprofit and community organizations are invited to take part in a national competitive award program aimed at improving community health and promoting health equity. The BUILD Health Challenge will support communities that are collaboratively working to improve health at a population level.

Categories: Health

November 10, 2014
Program Update

Public invited to hear details of grant opportunity to strengthen Detroit neighborhoods

The Kresge Detroit Program and the Detroit Future City Implementation Office will hold an information session at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, at TechTown to discuss the recently announced Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit grant initiative. 

Categories: Detroit

November 7, 2014
Kresge News

Time to return to the business of rebuilding, says Kresge CEO as Detroit bankruptcy ends

At the conclusion of Detroit's bankruptcy, Rip Rapson issues a statement in behalf of the foundation's trustees and staff.   The whole world should be looking at Detroit and the state of Michigan right now, witnessing one of the great demonstrations in this new century of community resilience, pride and hope. U.S. Judge Steven Rhodes today accepted the stakeholder-approved plan of adjustment, resolving this unprecedented bankruptcy.


November 6, 2014
Kresge News

Kresge awards $2.9 million to improve data analysis at South African universities

The Kresge Foundation has awarded $2.9 million to four South African universities and an education institute to improve student success through improved data analysis.

Categories: Education

October 29, 2014
Kresge News

Application opens Dec. 1 for 2015 Kresge Artist Fellowships; guide available now

Detroit-area literary and visual artists are invited to apply for Kresge Artist Fellowships. The online application opens Monday, Dec. 1, and must be completed by Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. A guide and additional information are available at the Kresge Arts in Detroit website.


October 28, 2014
Kresge News

Akron receives $1 million Talent Dividend prize for increase in college graduates

Akron, Ohio, has been awarded a $1 million prize for increasing the number of residents receiving college degrees by 20.2 percent over four years, the largest increase among 57 cities participating in the Talent Dividend, a national project to increase college-attainment rates. The Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education, which coordinated Akron’s efforts, accepted the award Wednesday in Washington, D.C. The council advocates for higher education and develops partnerships across the business and higher-education communities.

Categories: Education

October 26, 2014
Kresge News

Scam alert: Kresge name being used in bogus emails circulating in India, the Philippines and on African continent

Individuals from India, the Philippines and several countries in Africa have received email notifications that they are eligible for a $250,000 grant from The Kresge Foundation. This is a scam and an illegal misrepresentation of the foundation and the work we do. Kresge is not awarding grants to individuals living in India or in countries located in Africa. Kresge does not award grants to individuals living in the United States. Our charter prohibits us from awarding grants to individuals.

Categories: The Kresge Foundation

October 21, 2014
Kresge News

Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco named beta sites for testing new approach to community and economic development

The greater Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area regions have been selected as beta sites for a project to research and develop methods that will help communities attract and deploy private investment capital for public purposes.

Categories: The Kresge Foundation

October 21, 2014
Kresge News

State of the South report highlights challenges and solutions to youth economic mobility

Southern cities such as Raleigh, Charlotte, Nashville and Atlanta may be thriving, but they fail to help their youth up the economic and social ladders, according to a new report. The report also says this problem is worse in the South than in other regions of the nation.

Categories: Education