The Kresge Foundation has announced a three-year, $5 million initiative in support of Detroit-based nonprofits working to strengthen neighborhoods across the city.
Through Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit, the foundation will award grants of between $50,000 and $150,000 to up to ten shovel-ready projects that can be completed within eighteen months. In addition, a handful of smaller planning grants will be awarded to up to ten organizations with promising ideas. Projects are expected to focus on transformations of vacant land, public space, and open space; revitalization of city infrastructure; and stabilization of neighborhoods. During the initiative's first year, a pilot program funded by up to $1.5 million from the foundation will inform the expansion of the initiative over the subsequent two years.
"Nonprofits throughout the city are actively working to transform Detroit, neighborhood by neighborhood," said Kresge Foundation president and CEO Rip Rapson. "We want to expand our pool of nonprofit partners, particularly those working at the grass roots, by recognizing and amplifying that energy and enthusiasm."