Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit Plus (KIP:D+)
What is KIP:D?+
In 2014, The Kresge Foundation’s Detroit Program launched Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit (KIP:D) to support nonprofits in their work to improve the quality of life and strengthen the fabric of Detroit communities. So far, KIP:D has committed $11 million to fund transformative projects that are shaped by the people most impacted, and that build on the strengths and uniqueness of Detroit’s neighborhoods. Learn more about past KIP:D projects here.
Since 2017, Michigan Community Resources (MCR) has worked alongside Kresge to shape the grant program and directly with KIP:D applicants and grantees, providing technical assistance, convening cohorts and creating space for grantees to share lessons, attend workshops and engage in conversation.
Starting this year, the program is now known as KIP:D+ (Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit Plus) reflecting important shifts in the grant program, including the expansion of the program to Highland Park and Hamtramck, as well as the inclusion of Co.act Detroit to administer the grant program. MCR continues to co-lead the program.
Learn more about KIP:D+ and past KIP:D projects here.
What kind of projects does KIP:D+ fund?
KIP:D+ funds projects in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park neighborhoods that support the vision and creativity of residents. We support inclusive, collaborative processes that authentically engage community members in planning, design and implementation.
- Detroit-, Hamtramck- or Highland Park-based organizations serving residents and neighborhoods of those cities,
- Projects that will strengthen neighborhoods and improve the quality of residents’ lives,
- Projects that advance neighborhood priorities and reflect the culture, history and demographics of residents served, and
- Visions shaped by community members through inclusive, collaborative processes.
In addition to funding for Pre-Planning, Planning, Planning + Implementation, or Implementation projects, KIP:D+ grantees also get:
- 1-on-1 technical assistance and support from Michigan Community Resources
- The opportunity to be a part of a unique group of KIP:D+ grantees who learn from and share with one another.
Who can apply for KIP:D+ grants?
- Nonprofit organizations with locations in Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park that serve residents of those cities
- Nonprofit organizations that align with KIP:D+ principles
Who can not apply for KIP:D+ grants?
- Funders (foundations, CDFI’s, etc.)
- Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status
- Faith-based organizations are eligible to apply if their work serves the community at large e.g. faith-based community development organizations.
- For-profit organizations
- Academic Institutions – Community college, college and university programs that concentrate primarily on degree-granting activities
- Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) schools are not eligible to apply, but nonprofit schools are eligible to apply if their projects are open to residents beyond their student bodies
- Organizations that have less than two years experience working with and serving residents in Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park, unless applying for a Pre-Planning grant
- For Pre-Planning grants, organizations that have less than one year of experience working with and serving residents in Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park
- Public entities, including city departments and quasi-governmental organizations (businesses within or under government entities)
All 501(c)(3) nonprofits who are not eligible to apply may be fiduciaries for eligible organizations or apply as part of a collaborative application, as long as they are not the applicant of record.
What kind of grants are available?
Pre-planning Grants are designed to help organizations create visions for their community projects. If you have a desire to do a project with a community you’re in relationship with, but need a little help and funding to get the community’s input and create a scope, timeline and budget, these grants may be for you!
In past rounds, grantees have received between $7,000 and $20,000 for 12 to 18 month projects.
Planning Grants are designed to help organizations turn visions for community projects into plans. If you have a desire to do a project with a community you’re in relationship with and a scope, timeline and budget but need a little help and funding to create a work plan and identify architects or consultants, these grants may be for you!
In past rounds, grantees have received between $20,000 and $35,000 for 24 month projects.
Planning + Implementation Grants
Planning and Implementation Grants are designed to help organizations complete plans and get to work on their projects. If your organization needs a little more help with planning, but can complete a project within 24 months, these grants may be for you!
In past rounds, grantees have received between $55,000 and $150,000 for 24 month projects.
Implementation Grants are designed to help organizations turn existing plans into action. If your organization has done all the planning, but needs support and funding to complete a project within 24 months, these grants may be for you!
In past rounds, grantees have received between$75,000 and $150,000 for 24 month projects.
Application support with Michigan Community Resources
Since 2017, Michigan Community Resources has supported KIP:D+ applicants and grantees. Here’s how MCR can help you through the KIP:D+ application process:
- Have general questions about the application? Email MCR at: askKIPD@mi-community.org
- Need to drop off a paper application? MCR can direct you to our KIP:D+ Network Hubs. Email MCR at: askKIPD@mi-community.org
- MCR’s legal services team can also support applicants with satisfying compliance requirements including becoming compliant in good legal standing with the State of Michigan and IRS. Reach them at: askKIPD@mi-community.org
- During the application period, MCR is available for Office Hours, providing one-on-one support with reviewing or discussing an application.
In partnership with Michigan Community Resources and organizations throughout Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park, we hosted virtual info sessions and KIP-Share meetings throughout the months of December and January. KIP-Share meetings provided an applicants with an overview of the KIP:D+ program and the opportunity to ask questions and network with other nonprofits in their neighborhoods:
- District 1: January 12, 11AM-12PM
- District 2: January 13, 11AM-12PM
- District 3: December 15, 11AM-12PM
- District 4: January 13, 2-3PM
- District 5: January 14, 11AM-12PM
- District 6: January 6, 11AM-12PM
- District 7: December 13, 11AM-12PM
- Hamtramck: January 7. 11AM-12PM
- Highland Park: January 5, 11AM-12PM
Watch an information session
To learn more about KIP:D+, watch a recording of our information session, which provides an overview of what grants are available, information on who can apply, and a breakdown of the application process:
Subtitles are available in English, Spanish, Arabic and Bangla!
KIP:D+ Selection Committee
KIP:D+ applications will be scored by a committee made up of Co.act Detroit staff, Kresge staff, residents of Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park, and community partners, including:
- Aaron Goodman, Community Benefits Ordinance Manager, City of Detroit
- Adena Hill, Program Officer The Kresge Foundation’s Detroit Program
- Andrea Thompson, Resident, Detroit City Council District 2
- Becki Kenderes, Resident, Detroit City Council District 1
- Bryan Hogle, Senior Program Officer, The Kresge Foundation’s Detroit Program
- Damon Dickerson, Director of Architecture, Dokes Design Architecture
- Eric Anderson, Resident, Hamtramck
- Grant Johnson, Cody Rouge Youth Council, Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance, Detroit City Council District 7
- Gwendolyn Winston, Resident, Detroit City Council District 2
- Heather Levine, Food and Beverage Business Strategist, TechTown
- Jaclynn Louden, Community Ambassador, Co.act Detroit
- John Ziraldo, Resident, Detroit City Council District 6
- Joongsub Kim, Urban Design Professor, Lawrence Technological University
- Lauren Boone, Grants Program Manager, Co.act Detroit
- M. Saffell Gardner, Resident, Highland Park
- Mariam Mroueh, Resident, Detroit City Council District 5
- Michelle Johnson, Senior Program Officer, The Kresge Foundation’s Arts and Culture Program
- Orlando Bailey, Resident, Detroit City Council District 5
- Raquiem Ali, Resident, Detroit City Council District 4
- Ryan Myers-Johnson, Executive Director, Sidewalk Detroit
- Sam Kiyomi Turner, Associate Program Officer, The Kresge Foundation’s Detroit Program
- Shadora Ford, Resident, Detroit City Council District 4
- Stephanie Harbin, Resident, Detroit City Council District 2
How to apply
Thank you for your interest in the KIP:D+ grant program. KIP:D+ applications closed at 11:59 PM on Friday, January 14, 2022.