Each of our programs award grants within specific focus areas. In certain situations, when a proposal offers opportunities to advance the goals of multiple programs, our teams will jointly fund the proposal.
We encourage prospective applicants to thoroughly review the Programs section of this website and identify the program that best suits your project. Many of our programs include information about the types of requests that will be competitive.
We award single- and multiyear grants and provide operating support, project grants and planning grants. Most of our grants span 1-3 years.
Below are the eligibility requirements for all of Kresge’s programs. In certain situations, criteria are added for specific grant opportunities. Any additional requirements will be listed in the appropriate program eligibility section.
Who is eligible?
- U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that are not classified as private foundations.
- Government entities.
- Faith-based organizations that welcome and serve all members of the community regardless of religious belief.
Who is ineligible?
- Organizations that fail to comply with all applicable Federal and State Statutes and local laws relating to nondiscrimination. Organizations that fail to take affirmative action to ensure that employees are treated during employment and applicants are considered for employment, without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, ancestry, age, physical or mental handicap unrelated to ability, marital status, or unfavorable discharge from military service. See Non-Discrimination Statement and Screening Policy.
- Any organization which uses any of the categories outlined in the non-discrimination provision found in the Form Grant Agreement in staffing or hiring decisions, will not be eligible for Foundation grant opportunities.
- Organizations that require membership in a certain religion or advance a particular religious faith. (Faith-based organizations may be eligible for funding if they welcome and serve all members of the community regardless of religious belief.)
- Programs operated to benefit for-profit organizations.
Review the appropriate program pages for complete information.
Program Operations and Information Management
Full NameGenise T. SingletonDirector of Grants ManagementGrants Management
Full NameViktoria PalushajAssociateGrants ManagementDetroitAmerican Cities
Full NameJoyce M. HollimanAssociateGrants ManagementArts & CultureSocial Investment PracticeOpportunity Fund
Full NameAnnelise HuberAssociateGrants ManagementEducationEnvironment
Full NameGreg FreemanAssociateGrants ManagementHealthHuman Services
To apply or review an existing application, visit The Kresge Foundation Fluxx portal.
First-time visitors will be required to create an account. In addition, Fluxx is configured to work optimally in Google Chrome browser, which should be installed before you access the portal.
Instructions for creating an account and for installing the Google Chrome browser are available in “Fluxx Portal Instructions and Helpful Tips” found in the Library section of this website. That document also is available once you enter the portal for easy reference.
Some of our funding opportunities are open to grantseekers and others are by invitation only.
Open funding opportunities
Applications for open funding opportunities may be accepted on an ongoing basis or for specific, publicly announced periods of time. Open funding opportunities are listed on the focus area pages within the Programs section of this website and on the Current Grant Opportunities page; access to our application system may also be found on those pages.
By invitation only
Program officers solicit, or invite, applications from organizations that are advancing programmatic priorities. If your organization is invited to apply, you may receive special instructions about using our application system.
We often utilize a two-part application process. Part 1, the preliminary application, contains a data-entry component and several attachments, including a narrative description of your proposed work. If a program officer determines your request has potential for funding, he or she will ask you to provide additional information. This will constitute Part 2 of the application process.
In some instances, an organization is invited to apply for funding and asked to provide, at one time, all the information required to evaluate a grant proposal. This is our one-part, full-proposal option.
All solicited or invited organizations are emailed a link to access our application system.
To be eligible for consideration, applications must include your organization’s annual budget and a completed demographic data sheet. We will accept an annual budget in any format. We offer a sample budget format for requests for project support.
You will receive an email confirmation when your application is submitted and a second email when your application is assigned a request number. In many instances, a program officer will contact you to discuss your proposed project.
In most cases, we will let you know about the status of your application within 10 to 12 weeks.
Program officers determine the reporting requirements for their grantees, often in consultation with the organization receiving the funding. These requirements are explained in the section of the grant agreement titled “Reporting.” In most cases, grant reports include a narrative update and financial report, both due at certain intervals during the grant period.
If you have a question about the foundation, our program priorities or the application process, please utilize the email us form found on the Contact page. Please select Program Operations and Information Management in the inquiry field. We do our best to respond to inquiries within 3 business days.