Skip to content

Human Services Program announces Detroit Next Generation Initiative

Human Services

The national Human Services Program at The Kresge Foundation today announced a new $1.25 million funding opportunity: The Detroit Next Generation (NextGen) Initiative. This funding opportunity builds off Human Services’ national NextGen efforts. Detroit is the first place-based, NextGen city.

As part of Kresge’s commitment to advance the human services sector and accelerate social and economic mobility (SEM) for people with low income, the Human Services Program will be investing in organizations that are improving social and economic mobility for children and families in Detroit.

Eligible nonprofits are high-performing organizations characterized as: person-centered; outcomes-based; data-driven; applying a racial equity lens; and focused on greater sector impact and systems-wide change. Additionally, these organizations adhere to innovative best practices revolutionizing the human services sector such as brain-science informed and whole-family approaches.

The initiative will be structured as a two-year program consisting of three components:

  1. Leadership development;
  2. Development of a community of practice; and
  3. Development of organizational and cohort action plans toward advancing and accelerating SEM using a two-generation; whole-family approach.

Grants of up to $250,000 over two years will be awarded to up to five organizations. Grantees will be supported to form a learning and collaboration network that will include three meetings per year.

Proposals must be submitted through Kresge’s online grantee portal between September 24, 2018 and no later than 12 p.m. noon (eastern) on October 12, 2018.

If you have previously been a Kresge grantee, please use your existing Fluxx credentials to apply. If you are a new partner to Kresge, you will need to register for an account for your organization before applying. Please know that it can take 5 to 7 days to receive your Fluxx credentials.  You can find a guide to using Fluxx here.

Please refer to the FAQ for more details. Further information about Kresge’s national Next Generation work can be found here.

The Foundation will also answer questions during an informational breakfast meeting on Friday, October 5, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Kresge Foundation, 3215 W. Big Beaver Road, 48084. Please RSVP by Friday September 28, 2018 at

If you have any further questions, please contact [email protected].