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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

In 2020, Kresge granted $17 million to partners in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We also issued a $2 million program-related investment to support nonprofit access to the Paycheck Protection Program. Explore the map below to see individual grants and amendments made. Our work to fund COVID recovery in 2021 continues with support for equitable vaccine distribution and awareness.

COVID-19 Response Grantees


All COVID-19 Grantees

COVID-19 Resources

The Saving Power of Community Creativity

As communities begin shifting from COVID-19 immediate response efforts to long-term recovery, now is the time to recognize the true value that arts, culture and Creative Placemaking organizations bring to…

Arts & Culture

Public Health Messaging Across the Political Divide in the Time of COVID

In a politically polarized environment, effectively communicating about public health challenges and interventions is essential to public health practice and implementing public health policies that keep the community safe. In…

COVID-19, Health