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.
How can I learn more about KIP:D+?
To learn more about KIP:D+, sign up for a virtual information session! Information sessions will provide an overview of what grants are available, information on who can apply, and walk you through the application process.
There will also be time to ask questions of Co.act Detroit, Michigan Community Resources and Kresge Foundation staff. There will be two live sessions on:
- Thursday, November 18: 6 to 7:30PM
- Thursday, December 9: 11AM to 12:30PM
For those who are unable to attend either live virtual session, recordings will be available following the sessions.
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.
How to apply
Applications open Thursday, November 18, 2021. 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 11:59 PM on Friday, January 14, 2022. Applications must be submitted online via Submittable using these links:
Please note: You’ll need an email address to apply and receive confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not have access to technology or internet and need to drop off a paper application, you can contact Michigan Community Resources for options at askKIPD@mi-community.org or by calling 313-920-2802.
If you are submitting a narrative video application, use the following documents to help make sure you answer all required questions:
Where can I go for support with my application?
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. MCR is providing KIP:D+ application support in special virtual Office Hours sessions on:
- Tuesday, November 23rd: 11AM to 3PM
- Thursday, December 2nd: 3 to 7PM
- Tuesday, December 7th: 10AM to 2PM
- Monday, December 13th: 9AM to 1PM
- Tuesday, January 11th: 2 to 6PM