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Kresge to help nonprofits apply for $2 million to launch neighborhood projects

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Neighborhood projects are not just projects. They are the keystones to creating a belonging community where people feel engaged and empowered to make a difference.

Many Detroiters have ideas for terrific neighborhood projects that need some help to get off the ground. The Kresge Foundation wants to be that helper.

It is looking for 15-20 community-based groups from across the city to make positive impacts on neighborhoods with grants of up to $150,000 through the Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit initiative.

Detroit-based nonprofit groups can learn how to apply to a $2 million grant fund for neighborhood transformation projects at a Nov. 15 information session. The session with Kresge Detroit Program staff will be held Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 1-3 p.m. at TechTown, 440 Burroughs St., Detroit.

“We’re seeing community-driven visions of progress realized in neighborhoods across the city,” says George C. Jacobsen, senior program officer of The Kresge Foundation’s Detroit Program

Building a compost pile recently at the GrowTown Penrose Market Garden near7 Mile and Woodward. A grant from the Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit initiative supported development of the half-acre market garden facility, an education center and nutrition programs at the Penrose Village housing development in Chaldean Town. Photo by Ed Serecky

Building a compost pile recently at the GrowTown Penrose Market Garden near7 Mile and Woodward. A grant from the Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit initiative supported development of the half-acre market garden facility, an education center and nutrition programs at the Penrose Village housing development in Chaldean Town.
Photo by Ed Serecky

Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit, launched in 2014, has already distributed $3 million for nearly 40 planning and implementing projects across the city, including green infrastructure, a market garden, park developments, public art, renovation of buildings as community spaces and greenhouses, and neighborhood cleanups.

Project applications through Kresge’s online FLUXX system are due Nov. 21. This round of Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit will accept applications for implementation projects only.

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