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As COVID-19 accelerated into every corner of our nation, Kresge responded with more than $19 million in grants and social investments and added flexibility for partners.

How Kresge is doing its part


Suspension on grant reports and site visits

Expedited decisions on grants and amendments

Re-purposing event funding

COF Pledge of Action

New grants and social investments

Supporting Our Partners

In April 2020, Kresge’s President & CEO Rip Rapson wrote that, “we find ourselves face-to-face with a challenge unlike any in our lifetimes. But rather than yield to fatalism and inertia, community after community in America has begun to draw on deep reservoirs of the kind of courage, creativity, and fortitude that will be required to get to the other side. A foundation like Kresge must do everything in its power to affirm, support, and fortify your resolve and enhance your capacity to endure and prevail.”

Read Rip’s full letter here, which outlines the ways we are supporting current partners during this time, including full flexibility and expedited grant approvals and amendments.

Funding Response

2020: $19 million delivered to organizations confronting COVID-19

Through November 2020, Kresge has grant-funded about $17 million to partners in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In April 2020, we issued a $2 million program-related investment to support nonprofit access to the Paycheck Protection Program. Explore the map above to see individual grants and amendments made. Our work to fund COVID recovery in 2021 has continued with support for equitable vaccine distribution and awareness.

COVID-19 Response Grantees


All COVID-19 Grantees

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Kresge staff is working remotely, and our offices are closed until further notice.  See our promise to partners during COVID-19.