Expanding opportunities in America’s cities

Current Funding Opportunities

We welcome new partners to work with us to achieve our goal of expanding opportunities in America’s cities.

A note to potential and current grantees

Please be advised that individuals have been fraudulently posing online and by telephone as “representatives” of The Kresge Foundation. These individuals are using the foundation’s name without authorization and have contacted potential and existing grantees to suggest that funds are forthcoming if personal identification and financial information are provided. These messages are fraudulent. Please note that the foundation never charges a fee or asks for personal information in connection with grants.  We only ask for financial information of our grantees once a grant has been approved and vetted by Foundation staff - never to start the grant process. If you are contacted by someone posing as a Kresge employee and the communication appears suspicious, please report it to the foundation at: media@kresge.org. More information about this scam can be found here.  

 

All current, open funding opportunities are listed on this page

Our programs have established specific objectives to advance programmatic goals. These objectives are called focus areas. They are described in detail in the Programs section of this website. It is through focus areas that grant opportunities are made available to grantseekers.

Funding opportunities take three forms:

  • Open on an ongoing basis, without deadlines.
  • Open for a limited time, with specific deadlines.
  • By invitation from a Kresge program officer.­­­

We post grant and social investment opportunities here and announce them on the front page of our website as Program Updates. You also may be notified of these opportunities by subscribing to email alerts or by following @kresgefdn on Twitter.

 

Available Opportunities

Place-based Initiatives

(Please note that the Arts & Culture Program has fully committed its 2018 allocation. We welcome the opportunity to review letters of inquiry for consideration in 2019).

We welcome proposals from organizations that:

  • Infuse creativity (arts, culture and community-engaged design) into comprehensive community development and urban planning practices.
  • Build on a community’s assets and distinctive attributes, recognizing and highlighting narratives of place.
  • Are cross-sector and cross-disciplinary – collaborations of multiple partners from different sectors (public/private) and disciplines (arts, health, environment, human services).
  • Take root in economically distressed communities and ensures that residents with low incomes contribute to, engage in, benefit from, and are empowered by activities.
We accept and review these proposals on an ongoing basis. There is no deadline.
Local Systems

(Please note that the Arts & Culture Program has fully committed its 2018 allocation. We welcome the opportunity to review letters of inquiry for consideration in 2019).

We welcome proposals from organizations that:

  • Infuse creativity (arts, culture and community-engaged design) into comprehensive community development and urban planning practices.
  • Build on a community’s assets and distinctive attributes, recognizing and highlighting narratives of place.
  • Are cross-sector and cross-disciplinary – collaborations of multiple partners from different sectors (public/private) and disciplines (arts, health, environment, human services).
  • Take root in economically distressed communities and ensures that residents with low incomes contribute to, engage in, benefit from, and are empowered by activities.
We accept and review these proposals on an ongoing basis. There is no deadline.
Detroit Next Generation Initiative

The national Human Services Program at The Kresge Foundation is requesting proposals for a $1.25 million Detroit Next Generation Initiative to support nonprofit organizations working to advance the social and economic mobility of Detroit families.

Kresge’s national Human Services Program is pleased to invite proposals to participate in the Detroit Next Generation (NextGen) Initiative. Detroit is the first place-based, NextGen city.  This funding opportunity builds off our national NextGen efforts.

As part of our commitment to advance the human services sector and accelerate social and economic mobility (SEM) for people with low income, we seek to invest in organizations that are improving social and economic mobility for children and families in Detroit. These high-performing organizations are characterized as: person-centered; outcomes-based; data-driven; applying a racial equity lens; and focused on greater sector impact and systems change. Additionally, these organizations adhere to sector best practices such as brain-science informed and two-generation, whole family approaches. Finally, organizations working towards a generative business model as defined by the Human Service Value Curve.(You can learn more about these approaches in our FAQ document  and about our national NextGen work here.)

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) the 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.

To apply, submit a proposal 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. We 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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/human-services-nextgen-breakfast.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact InquiryHumanServices@kresge.org.

Thank you. We appreciate your work to advance the human services field and your interest in partnering with us.

Advancing innovative, multi-sectoral policy solutions in human services

We welcome proposals from organizations that:

  • Advocate for policies that foster greater collaboration among sectors and high impact approaches to human services
  • Clearly articulate a community and audience engagement strategy
  • Demonstrate application of research on outcomes based policy driven approaches
  • Implement a highly targeted evaluation that can expand integrated, high impact practices in the human services sector

We accept and review these proposals on an ongoing basis. There is no deadline.