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

Kresge Innovative Projects: Memphis

KIP:M seeks to fund projects in Memphis’ neighborhoods that support the vision and creativity of residents, using inclusive, collaborative processes that authentically engage community members in planning, design and implementation. KIP:M will provide up to $1.5 million in grant funding to community-based organizations.

KIP:M seeks:

  • Memphis-based nonprofits serving residents and neighborhoods within the city of Memphis.
  • Projects that will strengthen Memphis’ neighborhoods and improve quality of life for its residents.
  • Projects that advance neighborhood priorities and reflect the culture, history and demographics of its residents.
  • Vision shaped by community members through inclusive, collaborative processes

Eligibility for KIP:M is limited to organizations that are: (1) located in Tennessee; (2) primarily serve the city of Memphis and (3) that have either 501 (c)(3) nonprofit status or are part of a college or university. Entities that do not have 501 (c)(3) designation may apply with a 501 (c)(3) as a fiscal sponsor. For-profit organizations are ineligible to apply. Please refer to application guidelines and our FAQ for more details.

See http://kresge.org/KIPM2019 for more information. 

Applications are due by May 24. Register for an account on the online application portal Fluxx by May 13.
Detroit Arts Support

Founded on the belief that culture contributes to quality of life, Detroit Arts Support (DAS) has provided consistent and flexible support to arts and cultural organizations in the metro Detroit region for over 10 years. A common application to the Kresge, Erb, Hudson-Webber, and DeRoy Testamentary foundations, DAS streamlines the application process for grantees, while allowing partner funders to review the applications thoroughly and efficiently. The four foundations share a single application, review, and reporting process and make independent funding decisions.

Who is eligible

Detroit Arts Support grants provide unrestricted operating dollars to Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county nonprofits in the performing, visual and literary arts, as well as to arts service, education, media and broadcasting, and cultural heritage organizations.

Organizations that have been presenting programs for at least two years, have the equivalent of at least one fulltime employee, have revenues of more than $100,000, and have 501(c)3 status will be eligible for grant funding. While the foundations have separate funding formulas, individual grant sizes will range from $5,000-$100,000 per year. All grants will be made in three-year commitments.

Organizations that are younger, smaller, or lack 501(c)3 status can apply for the Creators of Culture program. Creators of Culture is administered by CultureSource and will award 25 $3,000 grants on a yearly basis for the next 3 years.

More information is available here: https://kresge.org/DAS2019

Applications are due June 10, 2019. (This requires a FLUXX account, registration for which takes two to three business days. Groups are encouraged to allow sufficient time for registration and application completion before the deadline.) Applicants Creators of Culture can apply on CultureSource’s website. All grants will be announced jointly in September. More information is available here: https://kresge.org/DAS2019
Advancing Student Transportation Solutions

A new funding opportunity is open for projects that address a barrier to success for many students: transportation

We're looking for innovative partnerships that address transportation barriers to improve students' ability to access college and earn a degree or certificate. We welcome letters of inquiry from partnerships between higher education institutions, transit agencies or mobility companies, research organizations or other entities to address barriers including: 

  • Costly transit passes;
  • Misalignment of transit and personal, school or work schedules;
  • Inadequate transit routes;
  • Geographic proximity of transit to students' housing; and
  • Other transportation barriers for students identified in your local community.  

Up to $1.3 million in total grant funding is available for planning grants, implementation grants, research grants, and hybrid grants (implementation and research).  

Want to learn more? Read the request for letters of inquiry.  


Letters of Inquiry are due by May 31. To submit your letter, please register for an account on the online portal via Fluxx by May 20. 
Memphis Next Generation Initiative

The Kresge Foundation’s Human Services Program has announced a $1.25 million funding and learning opportunity to support non-profit, private and public sector organizations advancing the social and economic mobility of children and families in Memphis.

Eligible organizations are person-centered; outcomes-based; data-driven; apply a racial equity lens; and focus on greater sector impact and systems-wide change. Additionally, these organizations adhere to innovative best practices that have the potential to revolutionize the human services sector such as brain-science informed and two-generation, whole-family approaches.

The two-year learning program consists of three components: 

1) Leadership development for participants;

2) Development of a community of practice; and

3) Development of organizational and cohort action plans toward advancing and accelerating social and economic mobility using two-generation, whole-family approaches that emphasizes the importance of including fathers.

The foundation will award grants of up to $250,000 over two years to five organizations in Memphis.

Grantees will be supported to form a learning and collaboration network that will include three meetings per year.

Completed applications are due by 12 p.m. (EST) Friday, June 7, 2019.

The foundation will host an informational session from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday May 14, 2019 at the Assisi Foundation, 515 Erin Drive, Memphis, TN 38117.

Please register to attend by Monday, May 13, 2019

To download the application, click here.

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions, download our FAQ document.

Deadline to apply: June 7, 2019.