Quincy Jones, executive director of the Osborn Neighborhood Alliance
From 2015 through 2017, the Kresge Foundation helped fund 40 neighborhood projects in Detroit through $5 million in grants. And the foundation just announced that they will commit an additional $6 million over the next three years.
The funds will go towards projects that make their neighborhoods safer, healthier, and more equitable.
There are a few changes for this three-year funding cycle. Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit (KIP:D) will streamline the application process, provide greater project flexibility by elongating the time period of project completion to 24 months, and more technical assistance through a $500,000 yearly commitment.
In a press statement, Bryan Hogle, Kresge Detroit program officer, says that they are looking for projects that advance health, art, and education.
Examples of previous winners and projects of KIP:D grants include Grandmont Rosedale Development Corp., which created a community hub on Grand River Avenue, Oakland Avenue Artist Coalition, which built a multipurpose art and performance pavilion in the North End, and much more.
To be eligible to apply, organizations in Detroit must be two years old and either a non-profit or affiliated with a college.
The Kresge Foundation is hosting an information session for interested organizations on Jan. 31 from 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at TechTown Detroit located at 440 Burroughs St.