$1.3 million in grants funds 28 community projects in Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck via KIP:D+

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Twenty-eight community groups will spend the next two years planning and implementing projects that transform, beautify and connect communities, sharing $1.3 million from the Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit Plus grant program (KIP: D+ ).

“We have grantee projects that include building birthing centers, reopening historic places and analyzing the impact of pollution on communities, to name a few examples,” said Lauren Boone, manager. grant programs at Co.act Detroit. “Nonprofits and community organizations support every aspect of our society, and their role in neighborhood development is no exception. »

Organizations from all seven Detroit City Council districts, as well as Hamtramck and Highland Park, make up the 2022 cohort of selected grantees. Their projects include visions as diverse as the communities they serve. This year’s selection committee, which included residents, artists, and nonprofit and community partners, was led by Co.act Detroit in conjunction with the Kresge Foundation. The committee chose the 28 groups that will receive the grants, ranging from $4,000 in “pre-planning” grants to $150,000 in “implementation” grants.

Amelia Duran of Garage Cultural upstairs at their newly renovated space in southwest Detroit. A KIP:D+ implementation grant will fund the creation of an outdoor stage, learning/workshop spaces, and green space to accommodate community gatherings and artistic expression. (Photo by Lon Horwedel)

Detroit Sound Conservancy, one of two “implementation” recipients, will use funds to reopen the historic Blue Bird Inn as a music venue, gathering space and cultural education center. “This project will allow the Blue Bird Inn to once again become a place of gathering and education,” said Michelle Jahra McKinney of the Detroit Sound Conservancy. “Our children will learn new ways of being in the community, connect with Detroit artist mentors, access archival collections, and listen to great live music in our neighborhood.”

A clear plan for resident engagement was an essential part of each selected project. In addition to implementing projects, many organizations are using funds to leverage data and technology to ensure residents’ voices inform what’s next for their neighborhoods.

“Our project is creating space to engage our community in a way that we haven’t had the resources to do until now,” said Reverend Sharon Buttry, of the Detroit Hamtramck Coalition for Advancing Healthy Environments. “It is a matter of life and death for us to understand the cumulative effects of industry and pollution on the health of our residents. The conversations we will have and the data we collect will help us secure the health resources our community deserves.

Also supported by the new KIP:D+ funds:

Three children playing basketball on a sunny day.
Play hoops in the afternoon at the Downtown Boxing Gym’s youth program. (Photo by Lon Horwedel)

Downtown Detroit Youth Boxing GymThe Detroit Youth Program is planning a new STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) lab in the east side of Detroit.

American Indian Health and Family Services will design and build a new health and wellness facility and campus to create a space that bridges the gaps between communities, cultures and care.

Detroit Zoological Society conduct an accessibility audit, engage people with disabilities, and hire consultants with expertise and lived experience to design and develop universal design spaces.

Latin Americans for Social and Economic DevelopmentIt will serve as a non-profit sponsor of a community planning process – working with local business owners, representatives of non-profit organizations and community residents – to address the increased need for parking and mobility following recent improvements to Clark Park.

Since 2017, Michigan Community Resources has managed the beneficiary cohort experience, providing holistic support to each beneficiary and convening groups of beneficiaries to create networks of mutual support in the region. RCM has also co-led the design and evaluation processes for the past four rounds of grants, ensuring that applications are accessible and that grants can meet the needs of organizations at varying levels of capacity.

“MCR has been elevated to a trusted partner of the Kresge Foundation to help shape the KIP:D+ grantmaking program to more deeply and effectively support community organizations,” said Amber Umscheid, Director of Impact and of organizational analysis at MCR. “We work closely with organizations and create authentic feedback mechanisms. We are able to share what we learn about our clients’ needs with Kresge and Co.act and together create better experiences for grantees and applicants.

The Rogue Park Friends gather at Lahser Swamp. A KIP:D+ grant will fund two years of programming in the heart of the park, produced through the engagement of community stakeholders. (Photo by Lon Horwedel)

Wendy Lewis Jackson, managing director of Kresge’s Detroit program, noted that KIP:D+ is an extension of the Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit (KIP:D) initiative, launched as a pilot in 2014 to harness the vision and the creativity of residents to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods in Detroit – and to spread the energy of downtown and Midtown revitalization to neighborhoods across the city.

“We found that across the city there are residents and their organizations who know intimately what their neighborhoods need and have concrete visions for how to achieve those visions,” Jackson said. “And in other areas, neighbors are eager for the opportunity to come together, connect and prioritize what needs to be done. What residents and organizations need in both cases are the resources and technical support to determine next steps.

Jackson added, “The partnership with MCR and now with Co.act brings KIP:D+ support, resources and administration closer to the neighborhoods it serves, making the process stronger and more inclusive.”

Members of the People’s Water Board Coalition pose on the porch of member Roslyn Walker on Balfour Street. The group will survey streets, research and analyze property and parcel data, and interview residents for a site to establish a community water center for Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck. (Photo by Lon Horwedel)

Kresge continues to fund KIP:D+ and has committed an additional $2 million for grants over the next two years. Michigan Community Resources will continue to manage the beneficiary cohort experience, providing holistic support to each beneficiary and convening cohorts to build mutual support networks across the city. MCR has been playing this role in partnership with Kresge since 2017.

The addition of the “plus” to the long-standing KIP:D program represents the incorporation of Co.act Detroit into the multi-year partnership between Kresge and Michigan Community Resources. This also represents the inclusion of organizations based in Hamtramck and Highland Park in the eligibility pool.

Co.act will again administer the next cycle of the program launching this fall, lead the application and review process, and make final grant decisions in collaboration with Kresge and a selection committee of residents, artists, and non-profit and community partners.

This round of grants brings the total of projects and planning efforts awarded to 155 for a total of $12.4 million since 2014, when the Kresge Detroit program announced the foundation’s first effort to invite proposals from organizations. nonprofit for neighborhood-based transformative projects.

The full list of 28 new KIP:D+ grant recipients is as follows: American Indian Health and Family Services, Arts & Scraps, Birth Detroit, Detroit Community Solutions, Detroit Hamtramck Coalition for Advancing Healthy Environments, Detroit PAL, Detroit Sound Conservancy, Detroit Zoological Society, Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program, Eastern Market Partnership, Family Assistance for Renaissance Men, Freedom House Detroit, Friends of Rouge Park, Garage Cultural, Green Living Science, Highland Park Urban Development Initiative Inc, JOURNi, Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development (LA SED), Matrix Theater Company, Michigan Interfaith Power & Light, O’Hair Park Community Association, People for Palmer Park, People’s Water Board Coalition, Righteous Sons, Rosedale Fun Litter Pickup Club, Soulardarity, The Friends of Parkside, Virtual Dialysis Support Center.

An interactive map showing project or organization locations for all KIP:D and KIP:D+ grants along with project descriptions can be found at the bottom of our KIP:D+ webpage here. Use the drop-down menu to sort grants by year.

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