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Kresge Foundation has $4.8 million in grants available for Metro Detroit arts and cultural organizations


If you’re an arts and culture organization in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties the Kresge Foundation may have a portion of a $4.8 million grant on the table waiting for you.

To be considered all you need to do is apply for the foundation’s Detroit Arts Support grants by May 18. The grant provides unrestricted operating dollars to organizations in the performing, visual and literary arts as well as institutions engaged in arts service, education and broadcasting. The dollars are distributed over three years.

The grants range from $5,000 to $75,000 per year and may not exceed 10 percent of an organization’s annual budget. Grant applications are accepted only through the foundation’s online application system.

“A stronger arts and cultural sector enriches the quality of life for residents of all ages and makes visiting the region a richer, more attractive experience,” says George Jacobsen, senior program officer of Kresge’s Detroit Program. “At the same time, this support helps arts and cultural organizations fulfill their roles in community engagement and revitalization. That work, in turn, contributes to green, healthy, active neighborhoods as well as a thriving city core.”

Since 2007, Kresge has provided nearly $20 million in operating support to more than 80 arts and cultural organizations of all sizes in metropolitan Detroit’s three-county region. In 2014 alone, $4.5 million was awarded over two years to more than 60 organizations. A similar number of awards is anticipated in the 2016-2019 cycle.


Mosiac Youth Theatre

In 2014, mid-sized organizations such as the Arab American National Museum, Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit and public radio station WRCJ 90.9 FM received as much as $100,000 over two years.

Smaller organizations such as Heritage Works and the Scarab Club received up to $25,000.

Grants to large institutions such as the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, The Henry Ford and Detroit Symphony Orchestra provide as much as $200,000 over two years.

Charles Wright

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

For a complete list of 2014 grantees please click here.

In this round, the grant period changed from two to three years based on feedback from organizations that longer duration would enhance their stability and ability to engage in longer-range planning, Jacobsen says.

Detroit Arts Support grants provide flexible funding to support the core programs and services of nonprofit organizations devoted to arts and culture that do any or all of the following:

  • Increase opportunities for cultural and artistic participation and creative expression for people of all backgrounds in the Detroit area, particularly low-income individuals and people of color
  • Contribute to metropolitan Detroit’s identity and cultural and economic vitality of the region
  • Engage and support regional artists
  • Build on and strengthen existing arts and cultural assets and infrastructure

More information about the grant application process and application assistance is available at

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