To help foster quick wins in neighborhoods, Kresge has created a $5 million, three-year initiative to fund Detroit-based nonprofits in their efforts strengthen neighborhoods across the city.
Dubbed the Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit, the initiative will provide between $50,000 and $150,000 each for seven to 10 shovel-ready projects that can be completed in 18 months. Seven to 10 smaller planning grants will also be awarded to organizations with promising ideas.
“Nonprofits throughout the city are actively working to transform Detroit, neighborhood by neighborhood,” says Rip Rapson, Kresge’s president and chief executive officer. “We want to expand our pool of nonprofit partners, particularly those working at the grass roots, by recognizing and amplifying that energy and enthusiasm.” The initiative’s first year will consist of a pilot program funded by up to $1.5 million. That pilot will guide expansion in the subsequent two years.
Applications for this first round of funding are due by Tuesday, Dec. 2. Grant recipients will be announced by March 2015. An application guide is available online.
Projects must be completed within 12 to 18 months following receipt of grants; planning projects must be completed by Aug. 31, 2015, in time for the submission of applications to a second round of funding.
“We want to help light up the map of Detroit quickly with the reality of positive change,” Rapson says. “At the same time, we can help expand the capacity of Detroit-based nonprofits to deliver more and larger projects.”
Kresge works to expand opportunity for low-income people in America’s cities. Its Detroit Program uses a comprehensive strategy to promote long-term economic opportunity in the foundation’s hometown. That strategy includes major efforts to revitalize neighborhoods and build a vibrant Woodward Corridor along with support for arts and culture, regional transit, early childhood education and work to enhance civic capacity.
Kresge’s Detroit investments support the Detroit Future City strategic framework, a long-range development plan informed by a multiyear research and community-engagement effort, which was funded by the foundation.
Applications for the new grant opportunity will be evaluated, in part, on how they align with the Detroit Future City framework as they advance neighborhood priorities. Applicants are asked to pay particular attention to portions of the framework, including:
To be competitive, applicants’ proposals must:
- Take place within the city and be led by a Detroit-based nonprofit organization.
- Demonstrate a transformative impact.
- Fulfill the Detroit Future City strategic framework and advance neighborhood priorities.
- Use inclusive, collaborative processes for design, development and implementation.
- Extend benefits to a broad set of stakeholders and community residents.
Interested organizations should submit completed applications through Kresge’s online system by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2.