Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit Plus (KIP:D+)
What is KIP:D?+
KIP:D+ is a grant program that supports nonprofits in their work to improve the quality of life and strengthen the fabric of community in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park. The program is a partnership between The Kresge Foundation, Michigan Community Resources and Co.act Detroit.
- Since 2014, The Kresge Foundation has committed over $12 million to fund transformative projects that are shaped by the communities most impacted, building on the strengths and uniqueness of Detroit’s neighborhoods.
- 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.
- In 2021, KIP:D+ expanded its geographic reach to Highland Park and Hamtramck, and Co.act Detroit became the administrator of the grant 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. KIP:D+ seeks:
- Organizations based in Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park 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, CDFIs, etc.)
- Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status
- For-profit organizations
- Public entities including city departments and quasi-governmental organizations (businesses within or under government entities)
- 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
- Years of experience:
- For Pre-Planning applicants: Organizations that have less than one year of experience working with and serving residents in Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park can not apply
- For Planning, Planning + Implementation, and Implementation applicants: Organizations that have fewer than two years of experience working with and serving residents in Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park can not apply
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 if they are not the applicant of record.
Who decides which projects get funded?
Our communities choose KIP:D+ projects. In September 2022, Co.act Detroit opened a public call for resident nominations for the selection committee. Here’s how the committee is structured:
- 75% residents of Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park, and community partners
- 25% Co.act and Kresge staff
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 received up to $20,000 for 12- to 18-month projects. Last round, we awarded 12 grants in this track.
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 received up to $35,000 for 24-month projects. Last round, we awarded 10 grants in this track.
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 received up to $150,000 for 24-month projects. Last round, we awarded four grants in this track.
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 received up to $150,000 for 24-month projects. Last round, we awarded two grants in this track.
How to apply
Applications open Monday, November 7, 2022. The application will start with a few short questions to make sure your organization is eligible to apply. If your nonprofit is eligible to apply, you will be directed to the full Phase I application, where you can submit your application (video or written) by 5:00PM on Wednesday, January 11, 2023.
Applications must be submitted online via Submittable using these links:
If you applied last year but were not awarded, click here for instructions on accessing and updating last round’s application.
If you are submitting a narrative video application, use the following documents to help make sure you answer all required questions:
- Narrative Questions Checklist for Pre-Planning applications
- Narrative Questions Checklist for Planning, Planning + Implementation, and Implementation applications
Please note: You’ll need an email address to apply and receive confirmation that your application has been received. If you prefer to drop off a paper application, you can contact Michigan Community Resources for options at askKIPD@mi-community.org.
Application support with Michigan Community Resources
Here’s how Michigan Community Resources 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 virtual office hours, providing one-on-one support with reviewing or discussing an application:
- Monday, November 21: 10AM – 2PM
- Thursday, December 15: 10AM – 2PM
- Thursday, December 1: 2:30PM – 6:30PM
- Monday, January 9: 10AM – 2PM
- Tuesday, January 10: 2:30PM – 6:30PM
Our committee members represent a mix of professional backgrounds and lived experience including Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park, residents and community partners representing a variety of sectors.
- Alexa Bush, Program Officer, The Kresge Foundation Detroit Program
- Andrea Thompson, Resident, Detroit City Council, District 2
- Asia Blaney, Program Manager, Co.act Detroit
- Bryan Hogle, Senior Program Officer, The Kresge Foundation Detroit Program
- Cydney Camp, Interim Grants Program Manager, Co.act Detroit
- Donya Clowney, Resident, Highland Park
- Eric Anderson, Resident, Hamtramck
- Erma Leaphart, Resident, District 1
- Grant Johnson, Partner – Youth/Resident, Cody Rouge Youth Council, Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance
- Ian Sawyer, Resident, District 5
- Imani Day, Partner – Architect/Designer
- Jaclynn Louden, Community Manager, Co.act Detroit
- Jeremiah Steen, Partner – Youth
- John Gallagher, Partner – Historian, District 5
- John Ziraldo, Resident, Detroit City Council, District 6
- Ken Brown, Resident, Detroit City Council, District 3
- LeKelah Dewberry, Grants Program Coordinator, Co.act Detroit
- Lisa Rodriguez, Resident, District 6
- Mariam Mroueh, Resident, Detroit City Council District 5
- Matthew Williams, Partner – City of Detroit
- Michelle Johnson, Senior Program Officer, The Kresge Foundation’s Arts and Culture Program
- Mohammed Muhit, Resident, Hamtramck
- Monique Holliday, Resident, District 4
- Nealmetria Loper, Resident, District 7
- Shadora Ford, Resident, Detroit City Council, District 4
- Stephanie Davison, Senior Program Officer, The Kresge Foundation’s Human Services Program
- Stephanie Harbin, Resident, Detroit City Council, District 2
- Sydney G James, Partner – Artist
- Tommara Grice, Resident, District 1
- Vanessa Reynolds, Resident, Highland Park
- Viridiana Camacho, Resident
Virtual Information Sessions
To learn more about KIP:D+, sign up for a virtual information session! The KIP:D+ team will provide an overview of what grants are available, information on who can apply, and a breakdown of the application process.
Can’t make a live session? Watch an information session recording here: