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We collaborate with cross-sectoral partners to promote and expand long-term, equitable opportunity in Kresge’s hometown by centering the priorities of its residents.

Detroit Funding Opportunities
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Detroit Program grant dollars awarded in 2021

About The Detroit Program

The Detroit Program works with a range of partners, including resident leaders, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and state and city governments.

We believe centering people, racial equity and place is crucial to the broad, equitable development needed across neighborhoods of the iconic city that is our hometown. This is an evolution of Kresge’s Reimagining Detroit 2020 framework, now anchored by the framework’s neighborhood module. To that end, we work toward leadership and community development that supports and improves quality of life for all Detroiters, beginning with our next generation of young leaders and enriched through the power of the city’s arts and culture ecosystem. In this matrix of relationships, we place our highest priority on neighborhood-based organizations that reflect community. These organizations are best able to ensure that the history of structural racism and bias do not shape our city’s future. This leads the Detroit Program to a posture of listening to people and community; being humble, respectful and inclusive; challenging power narratives, our own included; and acting with intention.

Funding for the Detroit Program

We use an array of funding and investment tools, including project grants, planning grants, operating support and a variety of program-related investments through Kresge’s Social Investment Practice. We also use our resources to convene cross-sectoral partners to expand knowledge of growing issue areas in the city of Detroit.

Current grant opportunities are listed on the Current Funding Opportunities page. Artists seeking Kresge Arts in Detroit fellowships should visit Kresge Arts in Detroit.

We look for proposals to align with our focus areas; to contribute to broad, equitable and sustainable revitalization; to engage the community, particularly at the neighborhood level; to complement others working on the same issues and/or the same geographies; and to address the legacy of structural racism and bias at the root of the city’s challenges.

How to Apply

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Detroit Social Investments Made