Friday, November 13, 2015

Foundation Offers Funds for Food & Community Revitalization

--from the Kresge Foundation
The Kresge Foundation seeks to support and accelerate local efforts that successfully use food as a platform for health, economic development and cultural expression, creating co-benefits for all – particularly low-income residents and families. We are particularly interested in neighborhood-scale projects that have been developed with strong community engagement and leadership; prioritize equity; involve multiple sectors and disciplines; and demonstrate a high degree of readiness to implement an integrated, cross-sectoral vision of food-oriented development.

This funding opportunity represents a collaborative effort between Kresge’s Arts & Culture and Health programs.

 Kresge’s Arts & Culture program seeks to help build strong, healthy cities by promoting the integration of arts and culture in community revitalization. We work across sectors with organizations committed to creating opportunities for low income and underrepresented people and tapping the power of arts and culture to re-energize communities.

 Kresge’s Health program works to enable communities to overcome economic, environmental and social barriers to health. Our work focuses both on “upstream” determinants of health such as housing, food systems and transportation, as well as on innovative partnerships that share resources and responsibilities between health systems, public health and a range of community partners to improve population health.

This funding opportunity aims to surface and accelerate the most promising initiatives that use food- oriented development as part of a comprehensive community revitalization strategy. Kresge aims to help leading-edge community food initiatives demonstrate their value and deliver multiple benefits in partnership with low-income residents.

Kresge invites proposals from organizations and collaborations leading mission-driven food initiatives in economically distressed urban neighborhoods. Kresge intends to award up to 20 planning grants of up to $75,000 each in the first quarter of 2016. Planning grants can last up to 12 months, and awardees will have the opportunity to apply for implementation funding by the end of 2016, although earning a planning award does not guarantee earning implementation funding.

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