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Current Funding Opportunities

All Current, Open Funding Opportunities Are Listed Below

Thank you for your interest in funding opportunities from The Kresge Foundation. We invest in cities through eight programs and practices, which have established specific objectives to advance strategic goals. These objectives are called focus areas. It is through focus areas that grant opportunities are made available to grantseekers. You can learn more about each focus area in the Our Work section under each program.

We use an array of flexible grantmaking and social investing tools. Kresge awards single and multiyear grants for general operating support, projects and planning. We also use impact investing tools such as program-related investments, guarantees and equity.

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Available Opportunities

We currently have one funding opportunity open. Click on the Program below to view.


PHEARLESS (Public Health Regenerative Leadership Synergy) Initiative

Applications are now open for the inaugural 2023-2024 cohort of PHEARLESS, a new initiative that will bring rising public health leaders together with community leaders to co-create sustainable solutions that advance health equity and well-being for all.

The PHEARLESS (Public Health Regenerative Leadership Synergy) initiative will integrate regenerative leadership education and experiential learning with innovative collaborative tools that will help public health and community leaders build the skills they need to tackle the complex issues facing their communities today. As a holistic, strengths-based and adaptive approach to leadership, regenerative leadership focuses on creating positive change and restoring balance in complex
living systems.

Fifteen community collectives will be selected to participate in a one-year program comprising four competency-developing modules and a culminating activity. Each four-person team will include two rising public health leaders and two rising community leaders. The community collective should submit one application on behalf of all four collective members.

Selected community collectives will be eligible for:

  • $100,000 in grant funding to support culminating community capacity building activities.
  • A $9,000 stipend for each of the two chosen community leaders in a community collective.

There will be four modules held over the course of the one-year program as well as a culminating activity. Three of four modules will be held virtually and will require the community collectives to meet together locally. Collective members will be required to travel to attend the live in-person module in November 2023.


  • June 6, 2023: Call for applications opens
  • July 6, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EST: Applications due
  • August 11, 2023: Applicants will be notified of their application status.
  • September 19-22, 2023: First live virtual module (Pre-work will be required prior to the September virtual session)

To learn more about the criteria and how to apply, visit:

Questions? E-mail [email protected].

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