Kresge Awards $1.3 Million to Memphis Nonprofits

The Kresge Foundation has announced grants totaling $1.3 million to ten nonprofit organizations working to boost opportunity for residents of Memphis.

Awarded through the foundation's Funding Opportunity for Memphis program, grants ranging between $25,000 and $150,000 per year over one to two years will support organizations working in the areas of community development, creative placemaking, and health or human services, with a focus on groups that are creating equitable outcomes for Memphis residents with low incomes and show evidence of local community support and collaboration.

Recipients include BLDG Memphis (formerly the Community Development Council of Greater Memphis), which works to transform blighted community spaces into community assets; the Historic Broad Avenue Arts Association, which is developing a strategic action plan designed to leverage opportunities for inclusive development in the Binghampton neighborhood; the AARP Foundation, which, in partnership with Kroger grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Insecurity Nutrition Initiative, is implementing a food prescriptions program through which Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients at community health centers and hospitals will receive incentive vouchers for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables; and Neighborhood Preservation, Inc., which is launching a series of intensive analysis, policy reform, and training programs aimed at addressing the widespread problem of unhealthy housing conditions in Memphis.

"Today marks a significant acceleration of Kresge's commitment to Memphis," said Chantel Rush, program officer in Kresge's American Cities Practice. "Memphis-based nonprofits are undertaking important work to expand opportunity for Memphians with low incomes. This suite of investments recognizes the good work under way and increases the access Memphis-based institutions have to Kresge’s grantmaking resources."

For a complete list of grant recipients, see the Kresge Foundation website.