Kresge Awards $2 Million for Neighborhood Revitalization Projects

The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan, has announced grants totaling $2 million to seventeen nonprofit organizations working to revitalize neighborhoods in Detroit.

In addition to creating community gathering spots and green spaces and converting abandoned properties to new uses, the grants will help make neighborhood streets and sidewalks more walkable, bring artists and community organizations together for collaborations, and engage youth in neighborhood revitalization activities. Awarded through the final round of the Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit initiative, the grants bring to $5 million the total awarded through the initiative since it was launched three years ago.

Grant recipients in this round include Allied Media Projects, which will rehabilitate a vacant building in Southwest Detroit for use by community-based artists rooted in indigenous practices; Corktown Economic Development, which will install planters along the protected bike lanes on Michigan Avenue in Corktown to promote safer biking and walkability; LifeBUILDERS, which will work to seal abandoned buildings open to trespass, maintain vacant properties, and beautify empty lots in the Regent Park neighborhood; the Oakland Avenue Artist Coalition, which will create a multipurpose art and performance pavilion and make other enhancements to MOORE Community Park; and U SNAP BAC, which will begin the transformation of a largely vacant, half-mile stretch of Barham Street on the Northside into an innovative public greenway and farmway.

"Kresge's Detroit Program believes that revitalization of city neighborhoods by and for the needs of residents is the key to Detroit’s continuing revival," said Wendy Lewis Jackson, managing director of Kresge's Detroit Program. "Through Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit we've been able to support the imagination and know-how of neighborhood organizations in making transformative changes in the communities that they know better than anyone else."

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