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Grants Awarded

Kresge’s grant database allows you to search for grants awarded since 2009. You can search and filter by program area, focus area, year and location.

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National Civil Rights Museum

Geography Served: Memphis, Tennessee

Project:

This grant will assist the National Civil Rights Museum in its efforts to safely reopen, reengage visitor audiences and resume operations following disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Museum, located at the historic Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, honors and preserves the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King by chronicling the American civil rights movement and telling the story of the ongoing struggle for human rights. View Website

Amount

$15,000

Year

2020

Location

Memphis, Tennessee

Program

American Cities

Focus Area

Place-Based Community Development

SoHarlem

This general operating support grant will allow SoHarlem to continue operations and retain its staff and creatives. SoHarlem leveraged the skills of its artisans to manufacture personal protective gear – masks and gowns – to essential workers in Harlem early on during the COVID-19 pandemic. View Website

Amount

$75,000

Year

2020

Location

New York, NY

Program

American Cities

Focus Area

Place-Based Community Development

Community Arts Stabilization Trust

This grant amendment will enable the Community Arts Stabilization Trust to continue operations, address the need to re-envision cultural spaces and preserve and create long-term affordable spaces for creative work and housing. View Website

Amount

$150,000

Year

2020

Location

San Francisco, CA

Program

American Cities

Focus Area

Place-Based Community Development

The Collective (CLTV)

Geography Served: Memphis, Tennessee

Project:

This $35,000 grant amendment will continue to support the operations of The CLTV, a Kresge Innovative Projects: Memphis grantee, as it works to elevate Black artists and empower Black communities, especially in the city’s Orange Mound neighborhood. The CLTV (Collective) is a Black arts organization dedicated to elevating Black artists, empowering Black communities, and shifting the culture of Memphis.  View Website

Amount

$35,000

Year

2020

Location

Memphis, Tennessee

Program

American Cities, Arts & Culture

Focus Area

Communities Unlimited

Geography Served: Memphis, Tennessee

Project:

This grant supports Communities Unlimited's efforts to provide technical assistance to minority-owned small businesses in Memphis experiencing challenges due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The mission of Communities Unlimited (CU) is to move rural and under-resourced communities in areas of persistent poverty to sustainable prosperity. Communities Unlimited is also a Kresge Innovative Projects: Memphis grantee.  View Website

Amount

$100,000

Year

2020

Location

Memphis, Tennessee

Program

American Cities

Focus Area

Fresno Metro Ministry

Geography Served: Fresno, California

Project:

Fresno Metro Ministry is a multi-cultural, multi-faith nonprofit organization with the mission: “Learning, connecting and engaging to achieve healthy people and healthy places.” This one-year grant supports the Fresno Community & Economic Development Partnership in building the capacity of its member organizations, through back-office support and leadership development, in order to drive community impact. View Website

Amount

$150,000

Year

2020

Location

Fresno, California

Program

American Cities

Focus Area

In Our Backyards Inc.

Geography Served: Memphis, Tennessee

Project:

The mission of In Our Backyards Inc. (ioby) is to mobilize neighbors who have good ideas to become powerful civic leaders who plan, fund, and make positive change in their own neighborhoodsworks to connect neighborhoods with various forms of resources – including cash, social networks, in-kind donations, volunteer time and advocacy – for a cause or project. This one-year grant supports ioby Memphis efforts to mobilize neighbors with good ideas to become powerful citizen leaders who plan, fund, and make positive change in their neighborhoods. View Website

Amount

$60,000

Year

2020

Location

Brooklyn, New York

Program

American Cities

Focus Area

FSG

Geography Served: Memphis, Tennessee

Project:

The consulting firm specializes in strategy, evaluation and research to help organizations and companies create greater, more effective social change. This grant advances the goals of the Shared Prosperity Partnership by establishing structured, cross-sector alignment to a common agenda via a co-creative facilitation approach and meaningful stakeholder engagement. View Website

Amount

$248,000

Year

2020

Location

Boston, Massachusetts

Program

American Cities

Focus Area

The Aspen Institute, Inc.

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. This grant will support convenings in three cities for local and national partners in the Shared Prosperity Partnership, enabling leaders to connect with peers from other cities to identify specific actions to advance sustainable prosperity in their communities in addition to creating relationships that could support future work. View Website

Amount

$200,000

Year

2020

Location

Washington, DC

Program

American Cities

Focus Area

Foundation for Louisiana

This grant supports the Louisiana Fund for COVID-19 Relief, which aims to lessen the negative impacts of COVID-19 in the state through targeted supports that address emergent community needs including lost wages, childcare expenses, medical expenses, and adequate medical care and protections for people who are incarcerated. The foundation invests in people and practices that work to reduce vulnerability and build stronger, more sustainable communities statewide. View Website

Amount

$120,000

Year

2020

Location

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Program

American Cities, Detroit, Health

Focus Area

Innovate Memphis

Innovate Memphis is a nonprofit organization that focuses on social innovation and neighborhood economic vitality within Memphis. This grant supports efforts to provide high quality common spaces for people to interact with those from different demographics and life experiences, as part of Memphis' Civic Commons.  View Website

Amount

$138,000

Year

2020

Location

Memphis, Tennessee

Program

American Cities

Focus Area

U3 Advisors Inc.

U3 Advisors is a nationally-recognized consulting practice that provides real estate, economic, and community development solutions for anchor institutions and their surrounding communities. This grant supports efforts to continue a robust national Civic Commons Learning Network, as part of the Reimagining Civic Commons multi-funder initiative, with a focus on metrics and impact assessment, storytelling and cross-city learning opportunities, while expanding the learning network to five new cities. View Website

Amount

$67,500

Year

2020

Location

New York, New York

Program

American Cities

Focus Area

BLDG Memphis

Geography Served: Memphis, Tennessee

Project:

BLDG Memphis (Build. Live. Develop. Grow.) is a coalition for organizations and individuals who support the development and redevelopment of healthy, vibrant, attractive, and economically sustainable neighborhoods throughout the Memphis region. This one-year grant will support the implementation of the BLDG Memphis 2020-23 Strategic Plan. View Website

Amount

$135,000

Year

2020

Location

Memphis, Tennessee

Program

American Cities

Focus Area

Southeast Regional Development Corporation

SRDC is on a mission to holistically revitalize urban core neighborhoods through comprehensive redevelopment, resulting in inclusive communities with opportunity for all.  This one-year grant supports efforts to scale up non-profit urban development capacity in Memphis and create a leader in inclusive revitalization for predominantly African-American neighborhoods in the heart of Memphis. View Website

Amount

$100,000

Year

2020

Location

Memphis, Tennessee

Program

American Cities

Focus Area

Whole Child Strategies, Inc.

Geography Served: Memphis, Tennessee

Project:

This grant supports a coalition of place-based organizations, led by Whole Child Strategies, Inc., providing emergency relief to families living with low incomes in eight Memphis neighborhoods, specifically cash assistance for food and other household necessities; relief funds for households experiencing loss of income due to the pandemic; and internet access and devices for households without broadband or hardware. The coalition includes: Agape Child and Family Services; Center for Transforming Communities, Inc.; Knowledge Quest; Memphis Medical District Collaborative; Neighborhood Christian Center, Inc.; Refugee Empowerment Program; and The Urban Strategies, Inc. Whole Child Strategies, Inc. empowers neighborhoods and communities disproportionately affected by poverty to self- determination in addressing barriers hindering children from graduating on-time, career and college-ready – providing funding, critical supports and coordinated efforts around collective accountability, public advocacy and community development. View Website

Amount

$100,000

Year

2020

Location

Memphis, Tennessee

Program

American Cities

Focus Area

Whole Child Strategies, Inc.

This grant provides general operating support to the organization. Whole Child Strategies, Inc. empowers neighborhoods and communities disproportionately affected by poverty to self- determination in addressing barriers hindering children from graduating on-time, career and college-ready – providing funding, critical supports and coordinated efforts around collective accountability, public advocacy and community development. View Website

Amount

$100,000

Year

2020

Location

Memphis, Tennessee

Program

American Cities

Focus Area

Foundation for Louisiana

The foundation invests in people and practices that work to reduce vulnerability and build stronger, more sustainable communities statewide. The grant supports the Greater New Orleans Funders Network's (GNOFN) efforts to increase and align philanthropic investments that support social and economic mobility in New Orleans.  View Website

Amount

$60,000

Year

2020

Location

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Program

American Cities

Focus Area

Sankofa Community Development Corporation

Sankofa CDC works to increase access to fresh healthy produce and educate residents about the importance of growing and consuming healthy foods. This grant supports Sankofa's efforts to advance social and economic mobility in New Orleans through resident-centered neighborhood development activities in the Lower Ninth Ward. View Website

Amount

$100,000

Year

2020

Location

New Orleans, Louisiana

Program

American Cities

Focus Area

Greater New Orleans Foundation

This grant helps mobilize and support a network of nonprofit organizations that are working to directly serve individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially nonprofits that support seniors, the homeless, and low-wage workers. Serving the 13-parish region of metropolitan New Orleans, the foundation works to create a resilient, sustainable, vibrant community by spearheading strategic initiatives, connecting donors to local needs and supporting effective nonprofit organizations. View Website

Amount

$500,000

Year

2020

Location

New Orleans, Louisiana

Program

American Cities, Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Health, Human Services

Focus Area

Community Foundation of Greater Memphis

This grant supports the community-based grantmaking of the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund. The foundation works to strengthen the community through philanthropy. View Website

Amount

$300,000

Year

2020

Location

Memphis, Tennessee

Program

American Cities, Health, Human Services

Focus Area

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