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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Financial security is a universally complex goal. For many it’s a goal that seems out of reach. In San Francisco, Mission Economic Development Agency and its 26 community partners are helping thousands of low- and moderate-income Latinos reach their financial goals and achieve self-sufficiency.
To help foster quick wins in neighborhoods, Kresge has created a $5 million, three-year initiative to fund Detroit-based nonprofits in their efforts to strengthen neighborhoods across the city. Dubbed the Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit, the initiative will provide between $50,000 and $150,000 each for seven to 10 shovel-ready projects that can be completed in 18 months. Seven to 10 smaller planning grants will also be awarded to organizations with promising ideas.
Sixty-five arts and cultural organizations in the Detroit metropolitan area will receive two-year grants to help support their operations. The grants totaling more than $4.1 million were made by Kresge’s Detroit Program.
Kresge President Rip Rapson on Thursday presented the foundation’s 2014 Eminent Artist with a commemorative monograph celebrating his life and work. Bill Rauhauser, an iconic Detroit photographer and educator, received the monograph at the Virgil Carr Center, in downtown Detroit, during the opening of a two-week show of his works.
Kresge CEO Rip Rapson discussed the challenges and opportunities facing municipal transit in a recent address at the Rail-Volution conference in Minneapolis. Speaking to a crowd of urban planners, transit and economic development professionals, city and other officials in September, Rapson recounted what he called "the city of Detroit’s grand adventure in creating a light-rail system, describing:
In an effort to ensure more low-income students earn college degrees, 11 major public research institutions have formed an alliance that will test and share proven innovations. The founding members of the University Innovation Alliance have raised – and will match – $5.7 million from a group of foundations and charitable organizations. That funding will support the development of a national “playbook” to improve the retention and graduate rates for low-income and first-generation college students.
The public television four-part miniseries “Designing Healthy Communities” is being rebroadcast this fall in five major cities across the United States. In conjunction with the rebroadcasts, sponsoring Public Broadcasting Service stations will engage viewers, community residents and local leaders in events and programs focused on addressing the environmental factors that affect health.
Kresge and The Surdna Foundation are jointly inviting proposals from community development financial institutions working in disinvested communities. The philanthropies will provide support to CDFIs with promising programs for supporting community-based activities that fully integrate arts, culture and creativity as part of a comprehensive revitalization strategy.
Kresge’s Health Program provided funding for the 2012 public television miniseries “Designing Healthy Communities,” hosted by Dr. Richard Jackson, a public health advocate who in recent years has focused on the man-made environment. This year, Kresge reprised that effort with support for community-outreach activities designed around rebroadcasts in five metropolitan areas.
Detroit Head Start providers will receive nearly $2 million a year for two years through grants announced by the Detroit Head Start Early Childhood Innovation Fund. The grants are part of an initiative by eight foundations that are part of the Southeast Michigan Early Childhood Funders Collaborative: the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Skillman Foundation, the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, the McGregor Fund, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the Jewish Fund, PNC Foundation and Kresge.