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.
Next Generation Initiative funding and learning opportunity

We seek to invest in public and private human service organizations that are improving social and economic mobility for children and families. We welcome proposals that:

  • Are squarely focused on advancing and accelerating social and economic mobility.
  • Offer innovative and effective approaches that can provide lessons for the field.
  • Have a clear strategic vision and are able to articulate what works and why (theory of change).
  • Have shared and adaptive leadership.
  • Recognize racial equity as an orienting principle and seek to operationalize racial equity.
  • Are intensely person-centered in their approach and utilize best practices (brain science informed, two-generation, whole-family approaches etc.)
  • Are outcomes focused and data driven.
  • Measure organizational and programmatic efforts against the Human Service Value Curve.
  • Are committed to person-centered (including co-creation and power sharing) systems change driven by addressing structural barriers through policy solutions and positioned to inform and influence communities of practice and build the public will for supportive policies.
The deadline for applying is no later than 12 p.m. (EST) January 15, 2019.
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.