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Applications open for $1.5 million in neighborhood projects through Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit Plus


Applications are open for Detroit-, Highland Park- and Hamtramck-based nonprofits seeking a share of at least $1.5 million for efforts that support the vision and creativity of residents through Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit Plus (KIP:D+).

First-phase applications can be made online with Co.act Detroit through Jan. 11. On the basis of those short written or video applications, organizations selected will be invited to make more detailed applications for grants to be awarded in June 2023.

Last-round applicants who were not selected can update their previous filings rather than repeat the full application process.

Group of seven adults posed in what appears to be a parking lot in front of pop-up banner that says Virtual Dialysis Support Center
Virtual Dialysis Support Center received a KIP:D+ grant earlier this year to support their work, including caregiver focus groups. From left:  William Parrish, Rosetta Cooper, Kendra Milliner, Dr. Jean Wright, Aarolyn McCullough, Shawn Manley, and Richard Vincent in front of the parking lot mural of Detroit’s Sheffield Center. (Photo by Lon Horwedel for The Kresge Foundation.)

KIP:D+ is an extension of the Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit (KIP:D) initiative launched by Kresge in 2014. That initiative distributed $11.1 million through 127 grants to 78 different organizations. The new name recognized key organization changes — including the introduction of resident selection panels — and the expansion of the initiative footprint beyond Detroit to include Highland Park and Hamtramck.

Last June, 28 community groups shared $1.3 million in the first grants of KIP:D+, which is now a partnership with Michigan Community Resources (providing thought partnership along with technical assistance, capacity building and advocacy on behalf of grantees) and Co.act Detroit (which leads the application and evaluation process and makes final grant awards in collaboration with Kresge).

The 2022 grantees included building birthing centers, reopening historic venues and analyzing the impact of pollution on communities, all selected with a frame of inclusive, collaborative processes that authentically engage community members in planning, design and implementation.

The KIP:D+ team is supporting potential applicants with virtual information sessions and virtual office hours.

Let's stay in touch Sign up for our newsletters SubscribeA recording of a virtual session held today will be available online for viewing. A second session will be held Thursday, Dec. 8,  from 6-8 p.m.

MCR is offering sign-ups for virtual office hours to be held Nov. 21 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.), Dec. 1 (2:30-6:30 p.m.), Dec. 15 (10 a.m.-2p.m.), Jan. 9 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) and Jan. 10 (2:30-6:30 p.m.). General questions can be submitted via email to [email protected].

Co.act Detroit has created an FAQ-style webpage covering the basics of the program including eligibility, the four types of grants available (pre-planning, planning, planning + implementation and implementation) and application details.