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

BUILDING PLACE-BASED OPPORTUNITY ECOSYSTEMS

Local “place-based opportunity ecosystems” – comprising mutually reinforcing public and nonprofit organizations working across systems – hold enormous promise in advancing social and economic mobility in particular cities.

We define “Opportunity Ecosystems” a systems-work within communities that are strategic, action-oriented, dynamic and enduring environment formed by people and partners, aligned by a shared purpose and set of values that supports the advancement and acceleration of social and economic mobility for children, youth and families. We seek to promote collaborations across sectors and integrating service delivery, community engagement and economic development at local levels.

Kresge and the American Public Human Service Association have developed an “ecosystem readiness tool” that measures six readiness factors (such as governance structure, leadership, and strategic financing) against the Human Service Value Curve (HSVC) to determine the ecosystem strength and sophistication. Utilizing the tool, ecosystems are measured at one of three levels:

  • Building sites: Developing the readiness and infrastructure necessary for a thriving opportunity ecosystem. These places will likely be operating primarily in the regulative business model as defined by the HSVC. They may have elements of the collaborative, but rarely elements of integrative and generative.
  • Advancing sites: Fundamental infrastructure, leadership and readiness elements needed to be well poised to readily operationalize an ecosystem model that could be sector leading. These sites in general are likely operating between collaborative and integrative business models with some elements of generative.
  • Accelerating sites: Represent the pace-setting examples of opportunity ecosystem activity. These are the bright spots with the capability to continue to set the edge. These sites in general are likely operating between integrative and generative business models.

We invest at all levels with the intention of ecosystems advancing over time and providing lessons to other development ecosystems.

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.