We seek to expand opportunity by promoting effective and inclusive community development practices in American cities
American Cities Program grant dollars committed in 2019
America’s cities are linchpins of socioeconomic mobility and increased opportunity. In many cities, however, access to opportunity is not shared equitably among all people.
This makes our urban centers the frontlines of advancing opportunity including access to quality, affordable housing; vibrant, connected neighborhoods; meaningful workforce preparation and employment opportunities; and reliable public transit. Local leaders and organizations are working across sectors to define challenges, shape solutions and drive catalytic changes that expand opportunity for people with low incomes. Kresge’s American Cities Program is committed to supporting this transformation. We leverage the breadth of the foundation’s national grantmaking programs and the depth of the foundation’s experience built from our work in Detroit. We emphasize on-the-ground community development practice.
We Invest in These Focus Areas
We seek to expand opportunity in American Cities by promoting effective and inclusive community development practices in four focus areas.
We support research, thought leadership and convenings that seek to improve the efficacy and inclusiveness of community development practices.
We support community development organizations of national scale that work in cities.
We support multi-city initiatives aimed at piloting, testing and scaling new approaches to community development.
We steward the foundation’s city-focused grantmaking in Memphis and New Orleans, including community development grantmaking.
These targeted initiatives help us advance equity in communities and expand opportunity for people living with low incomes.
The Shared Prosperity Partnership supports local efforts to create more inclusive economies in U.S. cities.
KIP:M provides community-based organizations with support for projects that strengthen Memphis neighborhoods.
Supporting the community development infrastructure in Fresno, California to improve the quality of life for city residents.
We seek efforts that will result in expanded opportunity for city residents, engage the community in a meaningful way, have potential for long-term sustainability or community impact, and have potential for scalability or translation to other communities. We use an array of funding and investment tools to foster change, including project grants, operating support, planning grants and program-related investments.
Program-related investments may take the form of direct loans, guarantees that provide borrowers with linked deposits or other credit support tools. Most of our grants span one to three years. We also convene partners to learn and lead. And when project proposals offer opportunities to advance the goals of multiple Kresge programs, those teams will jointly fund the proposal.
How to Apply
American Cities Grants Made
American Cities Social Investments Made
Associate Program Officer
Senior Program Team Assistant
American Cities, Detroit
Associate, Grants Management