PHILADELPHIA – The nation’s largest awards program for responsible finance, the Wells Fargo NEXT Awards for Opportunity Finance, has announced three finalists for the $8.25 million NEXT Opportunity Award. The finalists plan to finance housing and community facilities in economically distressed Nevada, to create supportive housing for people with exceptional needs, or to expand access to affordable primary health care. The $8.25 million award will be divided between two or among all three finalists.
The Kresge Foundation has joined the wave of organizations renovating and re-using office, retail and other space in Detroit. The national philanthropy recently completed the renovation of a 2,500-square-foot office in the city’s Woodward Garden Block. The office space gives Kresge’s Detroit Program a home base close to its work and a convenient space for meeting with grantees and other partners.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides more than 2 million eligible veterans with full tuition and fees at public universities, plus a housing stipend, money for books and supplies and a one-time relocation allowance. But many veterans have left that money on the table – not because they don’t value education, but because help can be scarce when life gets in the way.
Kresge awards $1.2 million to Indiana and Wisconsin primary health care associations to strengthen community health centers
The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act will mean huge changes, including increased demand, for health centers serving the nation’s most vulnerable populations. To help federally funded community health centers adapt to a rapidly changing environment, The Kresge Foundation is investing more than $1.2 million in a comprehensive technical assistance program in Indiana and Wisconsin that could be replicated in other states. More than 20 million Americans receive primary care through community health centers.
Community health centers and primary-care associations have until next week to apply for innovation awards for projects that highlight health center successes in: Advancing innovations in the delivery of primary care. Addressing the social determinants of health. And/or building healthy communities. Four awards of up to $25,000 each will be made as part of a National Summit on Community Health Center Lending and Innovation.
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Applications and scholarships are now available for educational programs that give communities the opportunity to assess and respond to climate-related risks that may be threatening their infrastructure, budgets and resident well-being.
Two dozen Metropolitan Detroit literary and performing artists have been awarded Kresge Artist Fellowships for 2012. Each of the 24 fellowships includes an unrestricted prize of $25,000, rewarding creative vision and commitment to excellence within a wide range of artistic disciplines. The fellowships represent The Kresge Foundation’s desire to advance the artistic careers of Detroit artists living and working in its hometown, as well as elevate the profile of the area’s artistic community.
The development of light-rail transit systems in U.S. cities represents a positive step toward reducing urban sprawl and traffic congestion and revitalizing inner-city neighborhoods. A recent research report by PolicyLink finds light rail also generates new jobs for residents and creates compact, walkable communities centered around transportation.
Goodwill of San Antonio helps bring businesses, community college together on job training that changes lives
Iliana Maldonado was eight months pregnant and working as a customer-service rep at a check printing company when the high-risk nature of her pregnancy forced her to quit her job. Within a few months she lost her apartment because she couldn’t pay the rent. With her two-month-old son and two young daughters, Maldonado moved into a small room at Sam Ministries, a San Antonio homeless shelter.
CHICAGO – ArtPlace, a nationwide initiative to transform communities through strategic investments in the arts, announced today it will invest $15.4 million in 47 projects in 33 communities. Among projects receiving support are the restoration of a Memphis blues man’s home into an interactive music center, an art installation of aerial “nets” across a Philadelphia pier, and the engagement of artists to combat urban vacancy and foreclosure in Cleveland.
Leaders of M-1 RAIL, a long-planned light rail project in Detroit, today released a statement following a meeting with local, state and federal officials. The M-1 group includes Roger Penske of Penske Corp., Dan Gilbert of Quicken Loans, M-1 RAIL CEO Matt Cullen and Kresge Foundation President and CEO Rip Rapson. Kresge is among the private funders committed to the project. The foundation has pledged $35 million.
Kresge supports KaBOOM! and Rails-to-Trails efforts to bring play, physical activity to nation’s cities
Two organizations — KaBOOM! and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy — are working with communities across the nation to increase recreational opportunities so residents can be physically active. Each group also has developed informational materials to help cities, school districts and community organizations make the most of their resources, from underused playgrounds and vacant lots to bike and pedestrian paths.
Kresge’s Arts and Culture team will integrate its grantmaking framework under the concept of ‘creative placemaking’
The Kresge Foundation’s Arts and Culture team plans to roll out a new program that unifies the elements of the three-part framework that has guided its grantmaking since 2010. The aim – helping communities use arts and culture to create healthy, vibrant places – is unchanged. But where recent grantmaking has used multiple approaches to support that goal, the new direction will put the focus squarely on the integration of arts and culture into comprehensive community revitalization efforts.
National investment publications have recognized two members of The Kresge Foundation’s Investment Group for excellence in their field. Investment Director Donna L. Snider was included a story The Chief Investment Officer Forty (Mostly) Under Forty in Asset International’s “aiCIO” magazine in April.
It’s not hard to imagine abundant urban agriculture in Detroit, which has large swaths of under-utilized land and half a million people with limited access to fresh food. But it takes more than imagination to transform the food system.
The Kresge Foundation received a silver award for its website when the Council on Foundations presented its Wilmer Shields Rich Awards for Excellence in Communications this week.
Kresge and Lumina offer grants to ensure community college transfer students get ‘credit when it’s due’
The Kresge and Lumina foundations have teamed up to offer grants aimed at ensuring college students get credit – and credentials – for coursework that sometimes isn’t accounted for today. Dubbed “Credit When It’s Due,” the grant opportunity is directed at a problem that affects community-college students who transfer to four-year institutions before receiving an associate degree from a two-year college.
The Kresge Foundation’s Detroit Program will again offer two-year grants to small and mid-size arts and cultural organizations in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. The application period for Detroit Arts Support grants is May 1-June 4. Detroit Arts Support grants provide unrestricted operating dollars to organizations in the performing, visual and literary arts. Funding is also available to institutions engaged in arts service, education and broadcasting.
Kresge president discusses findings from Center for Effective Philanthropy’s grantee perception report
A recent Center for Effective Philanthropy report finds nonprofit organizations much more positive about The Kresge Foundation than a few years ago. The Center for Effective Philanthropy’s Grantee Perception Report ranked The Kresge Foundation higher in understanding of fields, communities, and organizations; clarity of written guidelines and program goals; and ability to enhance the capacity of organizations than in 2007, the last time the perceptions were measured.