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February 5, 2010
Kresge News

PBS Documentary Focusing on Detroit’s Future Airs Feb. 8; Recent Panel Discussion Explores Regional Infrastructure and Transit Opportunities

TROY, MICHIGAN – Kresge President Rip Rapson and Rich Homberg, president of Detroit Public TV, co-hosted a preview of the PBS documentary "Blueprint America: Beyond the Motor City," together with an hour-long panel discussion about the city's future at the Detroit Public Library Main Branch on January 27. The PBS special will be aired on Detroit Public TV, Channel 56, on Monday, Feb. 8 at 10 p.m. View a videotape of introductory remarks delivered at the screening.


February 1, 2010
Kresge News

$900,000 in Grant Awards for Safety-net Enhancement Initiative; Additional $4.6 Million Awarded for Health Clinic Opportunity Fund Grants

TROY, MICHIGAN – The Kresge Foundation announced today that it has awarded $900,000 for part-one planning and design grants to 12 public-health agencies and community nonprofit organizations in 11 states as part of its Safety-net Enhancement Initiative. The foundation also has committed $4.6 million in first-round operational funding to 20 charitable and public-health clinics in 12 states and the District of Columbia through its Health Clinic Opportunity Fund.

Categories: Health

January 26, 2010
Program Update

Kresge Community Arts Program Calls for Applications; $100,000 in Grant Funding Is Available for Projects in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park

TROY, MICHIGAN – The Kresge Foundation is calling for applications for year-two of Kresge Community Arts, a national community arts and engagement project being piloted in five cities in the United States, including Metropolitan Detroit. Grantseekers are invited to submit applications for projects in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park that use art and culture as a tool to address issues in these communities.


January 22, 2010
Kresge News

Gateway to College National Network Receives $13 Million to Expand Programs

TROY, MICHIGAN – The Gateway to College National Network has received $13 million in grants from four leading foundations to expand a program that transforms high school dropouts into college-ready students. Now in operation in 27 colleges in 16 states, these new investments will allow Gateway to College to expand into 15 new community colleges and to make the program a model for colleges serving students who need remedial academic help.

Categories: Education

January 7, 2010
Speech

In a Recent Speech Rip Rapson Discusses Philanthropy's Role in Helping To Shape Detroit's New Civic Trajectory

Rip Rapson, president of The Kresge Foundation, framed the closing plenary, "Strengthening Communities Together," at the Independent Sector and Council of Michigan Foundation's 2009 annual conference, with a discussion of where the city of Detroit is headed and what it may be able to teach other post-industrial cities seeking renewal. Read Rip Rapson's full remarks, "A Different View of Detroit."


January 5, 2010
Kresge News

Kresge Gives More Than $1 Million To Help Double the Number of College Graduates in Michigan by 2025

Troy, Michigan – The Kresge Foundation of Troy, Michigan, has thrown its grantmaking support squarely behind the state's efforts to make postsecondary education more accessible, particularly among low-income and/or first-generation college students, by awarding a grant of more than $1 million to the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN), a nonprofit organization that works to increase college participation and success rates statewide.

Categories: Education

December 8, 2009
Kresge News

Former Kresge Foundation CIO Honored For Lifetime Achievements

TROY, MICHIGAN – The Kresge Foundation of Troy, Michigan, announced that former Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer Edward Hunia, who served the foundation for 17 years, received the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from Foundation and Endowment Money Management at the 9th annual Nonprofit Awards for Excellence ceremony held this fall in San Diego, California.

Categories: The Kresge Foundation

December 2, 2009
Kresge News

Kresge Foundation Announces $109,958 in First-Year Community Arts Grants; Will Launch Similar Effort in Birmingham, Alabama, and Tucson, Arizona in 2010

TROY, MICHIGAN – The Kresge Foundation announced today that it has awarded $109,958 in grants for 12 community arts projects in Metropolitan Detroit. The awards fund projects that engage a wide spectrum of Detroiters using a variety of arts genres and range in scope from the creation of outdoor murals and sculptures for neighborhood gardens, to a photo documentary and oral history of Hispanic immigrants living in southwest Detroit, and a grassroots community radio journalism program for high school students.

Categories: Arts & Culture

November 11, 2009
Program Update

Safety-net Enhancement Initiative: New Frequently Asked Questions Section Has Been Posted

TROY, MICHIGAN – The frequently asked questions discussed during the Health Team's Safety-net Enhancement Initiative pre-proposal information session have been posted.  The webcast and PowerPoint slides also are available online.

Categories: Health

November 4, 2009
Program Update

Safety-net Enhancement Initiative: Webinar of Pre-proposal Information Session Is Now Live

TROY, MICHIGAN – The Safety-net Enhancement Initiative pre-proposal information session conducted by the Health Team on October 27 is now available for viewing. The PowerPoint slides that accompanied the session also are available online. Visit the Caring Communities page of the Kresge Web site and scroll down to the section of that page that is devoted to the Safety-net Enhancement Initiative. There you will find a complete description of the initiative as well as links to the webcast and slides.

Categories: Health

October 29, 2009
Program Update

Audit and Board of Directors List Required for Safety-net Enhancement Initiative Proposals

TROY, MICHIGAN – The Health Team is requesting all applicants for Safety-net Enhancement Initiative planning grants include as part of their proposal packets an audit for the lead agency and a list of the names and affiliations for the lead agency's board of directors. Both items have been included in the requirements list on the Health Program's Application Process page.

Categories: Health

October 21, 2009
Program Update

Online Info Session for Safety-net Enhancement Initiative Is Oct. 27

TROY, MICHIGAN – The Kresge Foundation is webcasting an online, pre-proposal information session to assist organizations interested in applying for Part 1 of the Health Program's new Safety-net Enhancement Initiative. Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 27, at 3:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time.

Categories: Health

October 16, 2009
Program Update

Arts and Culture Team Gives Priority to Renovation and Repair Projects in Facilities-capital Challenge Grantmaking

TROY, MICHIGAN – Kresge's Arts and Culture Team has prioritized its facilities-capital challenge grantmaking, giving support to facility renovation and repair projects over new construction and expansion efforts. Facilities-capital challenge grants are intended to help meet the facilities needs of arts and cultural organizations that foster access and opportunity among community residents, offer culturally relevant programming, develop innovative methods for increasing audience participation, and proactively support creative individuals.

Categories: Arts & Culture

October 12, 2009
Kresge News

With Third-quarter Awards Totaling $43.7 Million, The Kresge Foundation Helps Those Hardest Hit by the Economic Crisis

TROY, MICHIGAN – Feeding the hungry, assisting those least able to pursue a college degree, and advancing energy efficiency in low-income communities exemplify The Kresge Foundation’s desire to improve the long-term life circumstances of the poor and, in response to the nation's severe economic contraction, bring some immediate relief to those in greatest need.


October 8, 2009
Kresge News

Trumpeter Marcus Belgrave named 2009 Kresge Eminent Artist

TROY, Mich. – Master jazz trumpet player Marcus Belgrave – who has enthralled audiences world-wide with his musical virtuosity and mentored scores of aspiring young musicians – has been named the 2009 Kresge Eminent Artist by The Kresge Foundation.


October 8, 2009
Kresge News

Profile of an artist: Marcus Belgrave, master jazz trumpet player

"Music was all around me. I heard music and grew up in it. I was designed to be a musician. I can see no other way." With these words, master jazz trumpeter Marcus Belgrave reflects on how his lifelong immersion in and dedication to music has orchestrated each and every measure of his 73 years. Music, he says, instilled good values during his youth, opened doors of opportunity during his adult years, and shaped the legacy he leaves to the music world and the city of Detroit.


September 11, 2009
Program Update

Grantseeker Alert: Online Application System Not in Service September 12-13

TROY, MICHIGAN – The technology used to support The Kresge Foundation's online application process for facilities capital challenge grants and Health Program grants will be out of service from Saturday, Sept. 12, at 11 p.m. Eastern Standard Time to Sunday, Sept. 13, at 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. The technology provider is upgrading the system.

Categories: The Kresge Foundation

September 2, 2009
Program Update

Human Service Agencies: Deadline for Community Relief Loan Fund Applications Is September 15, 2009

TROY, MICHIGAN – The deadline for applications to the Community Relief Fund, a zero-interest loan fund announced June 30, will be September 15, 2009, at midnight Eastern Standard Time, The Kresge Foundation announced today. "Our intent is to provide interest-free short-term loans to exemplary human service organizations that are struggling to meet the increased need for emergency assistance because of the economic recession," says Virginia L. Romano, program director for the Human Services Team.

Categories: Human Services

September 1, 2009
Program Update

Health Program’s Safety-net Enhancement Initiative Announced Today

TROY, MICHIGAN – The Kresge Foundation is requesting proposals for its Safety-net Enhancement Initiative, a new grantmaking opportunity that seeks to foster new models of health-care delivery among local and regional providers in order to reduce health disparities and improve the health outcomes of adults and children living in underserved communities.

Categories: Health

August 25, 2009
Kresge News

Human Services, Health, and Arts and Culture Organizations, Among Others, To Benefit from Kresge Foundation Second-quarter Grants

TROY, MICHIGAN – The Kresge Foundation’s grantmaking continues to seek a balance between responding to the immediate hardships arising from the economic downturn and the longer-term challenges of addressing enduring social, environmental, and economic problems. At its second-quarter board meeting in June, Trustees awarded 73 grants totaling $26 million for nonprofit organizations in 23 states, the District of Columbia, and Ireland.