We are a private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and social investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services and community development in Detroit.
This grant provides project support to In Our Backyards (ioby), a national organization that uses a crowd-resourcing platform to support community-led projects, for the continued operation of the organization's Detroit office. In Detroit, ioby's two local Action Strategist staff work with residents in neighborhoods around the city to provide training, resources and coaching to grow the capacity of community leaders and support these leaders in executing small-scale projects that create positive change in their neighborhoods. Kresge supported the launch of ioby's Detroit office in 2016 and has provided funding for operations for the last three years; in that time ioby staff have built relationships with community leaders and a pipeline of neighborhood-level projects, training over 1,700 residents and supporting 100 resident-led projects across the city. Over the next three years ioby expects its network of residents and partners to enable its staff to have even greater impact, with goals of training an additional 2,250 residents and supporting 250 resident projects.