At least $ 3 million planned for neighborhood projects for Kresge’s improved innovative projects: Detroit More


Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck-based nonprofits looking to transform neighborhoods with projects that reflect residents’ priorities can hope for at least $ 3 million over the next three years through the Kresge Innovative initiative Projects: Detroit Plus (KIP: D +).

Applications for the first round of funding, a minimum of $ 1.1 million to be distributed in early 2022, are open today for organizations looking to develop their project ideas, develop detailed plans, or implement. projects. Applications must be completed by January 14, 2022.

Since its inception in 2014, the original Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit (KIP: D) initiative has distributed $ 11.1 million, supplemented by $ 1.5 million in technical assistance. The initiative awarded 127 grants to 78 different organizations and inspired a similar Kresge-funded initiative, Kresge Innovative Projects: Memphis, Tennessee.

The name change to KIP: D + is in recognition of key organizational changes and the expansion of the grant opportunity at Hamtramck and Highland Park.

Since 2017, KIP: D is a partnership of Kresge and Michigan Community Resources (MCR), which provides thought leadership to the foundation as well as technical assistance, capacity building and advocacy on behalf of beneficiaries.

Seven youths or young adults pose in front of a brightly painted mural that features a large turtle, a fish, and what appears to be a sculpted head.
Last month, Urban Neighborhood Initiatives hosted a smooth opening of its new youth space, “Leaders of Southwest Headquarters”, also known as “LOS HQ”. Development of the space was supported by Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit. (Photo by Christopher Gene / Kresge Foundation)

Now the RCM is playing a bigger role in shaping the initiative, and Co.act Detroit will lead the application and evaluation process, and award final grants in collaboration with Kresge early next year.

“We are excited to be the next step in this unique and innovative program that embodies Detroit’s resilient spirit and honors the wisdom and creativity of its residents,” said Allandra Bulger, Executive Director of Co.act Detroit .

“From reallocating vacant land for creative green uses and renovating vacant buildings as community assets to modifying streets and sidewalks for better walking, we’ve seen KIP: D make changes physical to improve the quality of life in the city, ”said Wendy Lewis Jackson, general manager of Kresge’s Detroit program.

Edith Floyd, center, president of Mt. Olivet Neighborhood Watch, poses with other members in the greenhouse of the neighborhood community garden. The group received a 2020 KIP: D grant to help renovate the greenhouse. (Photo by Lon Horwedel / Kresge Foundation)

“While the physical changes and activities supported by the projects are important, we also know that they cultivate the spirit of the neighborhoods,” Jackson added, citing an evaluation of grants awarded in the initiative’s first three years. commissioned from the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Program evaluation group. This study found that the funded projects fostered social cohesion and brought a sense of ownership around the projects and the community in general.

At the same time, according to the MU’s assessment, the organizations participating in the projects have been strengthened in their capacity, stability and “ability to advocate for systems change”.

Regarding the expansion to Highland Park and Hamtramck, Jackson said, “We know that communities cross these borders and that a number of Detroit-based KIP: D grant recipients have, in fact, worked across it. them, including the Ruth Ellis Center and Popps Packing. . The full opening of KIP: D + to the organizations and projects of Highland Park and Hamtramck is a natural evolution to support good work.

Among the first round of KIP: D grants in 2015 was support to help the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program expand its space and serve more young people.

In the past, Kresge has sought to better tailor grant guidelines to reflect the initiative’s priorities and meet the needs of residents. For KIP: D +, the guidelines have been further simplified and the program has been adapted to better attract smaller and newer community groups, including neighborhood clubs that may operate in areas demarcated by a few nearby streets.

Continuing this effort to bring the initiative closer to the neighborhoods it serves, Kresge and MCR invited Co.act to lead the application and assessment process and award final grants in collaboration with Kresge. Co.act is a nonprofit hub, launched in 2019, that strives to accelerate transformative impact with nonprofits and community organizations in Southeast Michigan through the generation of collaborative ideas, cross-sectoral resources and equitable access to world-class programs and learning opportunities.

“Especially after seeing Co.act administer the $ 1.5 million Activate the fund To build the capacity of Southeast Michigan nonprofits, we became convinced that they were uniquely suited to take on this great task, ”Jackson said. “Co.act brings KIP: D closer to community decision-making and will keep Kresge’s commitment to racial equity at the forefront. “

“We are honored to do this work alongside our partners at MCR, an organization as committed as us to equitable access to resources and to centering the voice and decision-making of the community,” added Bulger of Co.act. Detroit.

As in recent KIP: D cycles, Michigan Community Resources will provide technical support, training, and project-based resources for KIP: D + applicants and grantees, assisting them with tasks such as takeover site, formulation of legal agreements with partners, creation of detailed project budgets. , engaging their communities and other specific project needs. MCR also strives to connect KIP: D grantees with each other in a network to share information, collaborate and support each other’s work.

Kresge has committed at least $ 1.5 million to support technical assistance to KIP: D + grantees over the next three years.

“KIP: D has enabled community organizations to realize their dreams and visions for their neighborhoods,” said Jamii Tata, director of capacity building programs for MCR. “Peer-to-peer learning, training, collective problem solving and advocacy – not just for one neighborhood, but across the city – have been the trend over the many KIP: D series. MCR continues to work to build cohesion among grantees and in the communities of Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park as we move to KIP: D +.

MCR provides virtual information sessions and virtual office hours for application support

Follow the links below to register in advance for these information sessions:

Thursday November 18, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Thursday December 9 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Applicants can do appointment for office hours during these hours:

  • Tuesday, November 23: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 2: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday December 7: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Monday December 13: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday January 11: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Translators will be available for speakers of Arabic, Bengali / Bangla and Spanish upon request.

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