Have An Idea To Transform Detroit Neighborhoods? Kresge Foundation Giving $2 Million In Grants

October 14, 2016

Have an idea on how to make a neighborhood better?

The Kresge Foundation is seeking 15-20 community-based nonprofit groups across Detroit to share $2 million for projects to transform neighborhoods.

The funds are for the third round of Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit, a $5 million pilot initiative launched in 2014. Unlike earlier rounds, this one slates $2 million entirely for implementation grants, with at least one expected to land in each of Detroit’s seven City Council districts; the first two rounds were divided between implementation and planning grants.

“From neighborhood cleanups to innovative building renovations and land reutilization projects to creative public space enhancements, we’re seeing community-driven visions of progress realized across the city,” George C. Jacobsen, senior program officer of The Kresge Foundation’s Detroit Program, said in a statement.

As in earlier rounds, grant-supported projects are to be completed within 18 months of the award.

Applications will be judged competitively basis on factors including alignment with the Detroit Future City Framework Plan — the long-range guide to land use and development shaped by a multiyear research and community engagement process funded by Kresge. Applicants are asked to pay particular attention to portions of the Detroit Future City framework describing the transformation of vacant land, the use of public and open spaces and the stabilization of neighborhoods.

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