Expanding opportunities in America’s cities

Current Funding Opportunities

We welcome new partners to work with us to achieve our goal of expanding opportunities in America’s cities.

A note to potential and current grantees

Please be advised that individuals have been fraudulently posing online and by telephone as “representatives” of The Kresge Foundation. These individuals are using the foundation’s name without authorization and have contacted potential and existing grantees to suggest that funds are forthcoming if personal identification and financial information are provided. These messages are fraudulent. Please note that the foundation never charges a fee or asks for personal information in connection with grants.  We only ask for financial information of our grantees once a grant has been approved and vetted by Foundation staff - never to start the grant process. If you are contacted by someone posing as a Kresge employee and the communication appears suspicious, please report it to the foundation at: media@kresge.org. More information about this scam can be found here.  


All current, open funding opportunities are listed on this page

Our programs have established specific objectives to advance programmatic goals. These objectives are called focus areas. They are described in detail in the Programs section of this website. It is through focus areas that grant opportunities are made available to grantseekers.

Funding opportunities take three forms:

  • Open on an ongoing basis, without deadlines.
  • Open for a limited time, with specific deadlines.
  • By invitation from a Kresge program officer.­­­

We post grant and social investment opportunities here and announce them on the front page of our website as Program Updates. You also may be notified of these opportunities by subscribing to email alerts or by following @kresgefdn on Twitter.


Available Opportunities

Kresge Innovative Projects: Memphis

KIP:M seeks to fund projects in Memphis’ neighborhoods that support the vision and creativity of residents, using inclusive, collaborative processes that authentically engage community members in planning, design and implementation. KIP:M will provide up to $1.5 million in grant funding to community-based organizations.

KIP:M seeks:

  • Memphis-based nonprofits serving residents and neighborhoods within the city of Memphis.
  • Projects that will strengthen Memphis’ neighborhoods and improve quality of life for its residents.
  • Projects that advance neighborhood priorities and reflect the culture, history and demographics of its residents.
  • Vision shaped by community members through inclusive, collaborative processes

Eligibility for KIP:M is limited to organizations that are: (1) located in Tennessee; (2) primarily serve the city of Memphis and (3) that have either 501 (c)(3) nonprofit status or are part of a college or university. Entities that do not have 501 (c)(3) designation may apply with a 501 (c)(3) as a fiscal sponsor. For-profit organizations are ineligible to apply. Please refer to application guidelines and our FAQ for more details.

See http://kresge.org/KIPM2019 for more information. 

Applications are due by May 24. Register for an account on the online application portal Fluxx by May 13.
Detroit Arts Support

Founded on the belief that culture contributes to quality of life, Detroit Arts Support (DAS) has provided consistent and flexible support to arts and cultural organizations in the metro Detroit region for over 10 years. A common application to the Kresge, Erb, Hudson-Webber, and DeRoy Testamentary foundations, DAS streamlines the application process for grantees, while allowing partner funders to review the applications thoroughly and efficiently. The four foundations share a single application, review, and reporting process and make independent funding decisions.

Who is eligible

Detroit Arts Support grants provide unrestricted operating dollars to Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county nonprofits in the performing, visual and literary arts, as well as to arts service, education, media and broadcasting, and cultural heritage organizations.

Organizations that have been presenting programs for at least two years, have the equivalent of at least one fulltime employee, have revenues of more than $100,000, and have 501(c)3 status will be eligible for grant funding. While the foundations have separate funding formulas, individual grant sizes will range from $5,000-$100,000 per year. All grants will be made in three-year commitments.

Organizations that are younger, smaller, or lack 501(c)3 status can apply for the Creators of Culture program. Creators of Culture is administered by CultureSource and will award 25 $3,000 grants on a yearly basis for the next 3 years.

More information is available here: https://kresge.org/DAS2019

Applications are due June 10, 2019. (This requires a FLUXX account, registration for which takes two to three business days. Groups are encouraged to allow sufficient time for registration and application completion before the deadline.) Applicants Creators of Culture can apply on CultureSource’s website. All grants will be announced jointly in September. More information is available here: https://kresge.org/DAS2019
Advancing Health Equity Through Housing Funding Opportunity

To support innovative community-generated multi-sector solutions to improve health outcomes, housing affordability and quality, The Kresge Foundation’s Health Program has announced a new $2 million funding opportunity to advance health equity through housing.  

We welcome applications from organizations that:

  • Address social determinants of health

  • Have a strong community and equity focus

  • Include partners from the health and housing fields, and ideally partners from additional sectors  

  • Incorporate community-level engagement and decision-making at the policy and/or practice level focused on solutions to one or more health and housing issues.

Applicants may apply for Project Support or General Operating Support. 

Project Support:

  • Planning Grant (up to one year; $100,000)

  • Implementation Grant (up to two years, $200,000 per year)

General Operating Support:

  • Implementation Grant (up to two years, $200,000 per year)

Completed applications are due by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on May 7, 2019. 

To download the application, click here

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions, download our FAQ document.

Deadline to apply: May 7, 2019

Local “place-based opportunity ecosystems” – comprising mutually reinforcing public and nonprofit organizations working across systems – hold enormous promise in advancing social and economic mobility in particular cities.

We define “Opportunity Ecosystems” a systems-work within communities that are strategic, action-oriented, dynamic and enduring environment formed by people and partners, aligned by a shared purpose and set of values that supports the advancement and acceleration of social and economic mobility for children, youth and families. We seek to promote collaborations across sectors and integrating service delivery, community engagement and economic development at local levels.

Kresge and the American Public Human Service Association have developed an “ecosystem readiness tool” that measures six readiness factors (such as governance structure, leadership, and strategic financing) against the Human Service Value Curve (HSVC) to determine the ecosystem strength and sophistication. Utilizing the tool, ecosystems are measured at one of three levels:

  • Building sites: Developing the readiness and infrastructure necessary for a thriving opportunity ecosystem. These places will likely be operating primarily in the regulative business model as defined by the HSVC. They may have elements of the collaborative, but rarely elements of integrative and generative.
  • Advancing sites: Fundamental infrastructure, leadership and readiness elements needed to be well poised to readily operationalize an ecosystem model that could be sector leading. These sites in general are likely operating between collaborative and integrative business models with some elements of generative.
  • Accelerating sites: Represent the pace-setting examples of opportunity ecosystem activity. These are the bright spots with the capability to continue to set the edge. These sites in general are likely operating between integrative and generative business models.

We invest at all levels with the intention of ecosystems advancing over time and providing lessons to other development ecosystems.

Advancing innovative, multi-sectoral policy solutions in human services

We welcome proposals from organizations that:

  • Advocate for policies that foster greater collaboration among sectors and high impact approaches to human services
  • Clearly articulate a community and audience engagement strategy
  • Demonstrate application of research on outcomes based policy driven approaches
  • Implement a highly targeted evaluation that can expand integrated, high impact practices in the human services sector

We accept and review these proposals on an ongoing basis. There is no deadline.