Kresge Foundation’s $5 Million Initiative Supports Transformation of Detroit Neighborhoods
- Oct 23, 2014
By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor
Now that the revitalization effort in Detroit’s financial core is building momentum—the M-1 RAIL Streetcar project broke ground recently as an unprecedented, $140 million venture between privately held businesses, philanthropic organizations and local authorities—solutions are being put on the table to help the city’s communities and neighborhoods rise from blight and desolation.
This week the Kresge Foundation of Troy, MI, launched a new initiative that aims to fund various programs created by Detroit-based non-profits over the next three years. The $5 million “Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit” initiative focuses on 10 projects that are ready to start and can actively transform their neighborhoods within 18 months. According to the Kresge Foundation, each of these target-projects will receive between $50,000 and $150,000, while up to ten smaller grants will be awarded to organizations that are in the planning stages but look promising enough.
During the first year the Kresger initiative will invest up to $1.5 million in a pilot program, for which the first round of applications is due by December, 2, with grant recipients being announced in March next year. This pilot program will expand over the following two years, the non-profit organization announced.
“We want to expand our pool of nonprofit partners, particularly those working at the grass roots, by recognizing and amplifying that energy and enthusiasm,” said Rip Rapson, Kresge’s president and chief executive officer.
In order to be eligible for a grant opportunity, applicants’ proposals must focus on vacant land transformations, development or redevelopment options for public and/or open space, renewal of Detroit’s water, waste, transportation and communication systems, as well as stabilizing the city’s neighborhoods. The proposals must also be led by Detroit-based non-profit organizations, take place within city limits and comply with the Detroit Future City strategic framework. Furthermore, applicants reaching out for a Kresge grant will have to demonstrate their projects’ transformative impact on the envisaged neighborhoods.
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