Kresge Announces New Grantmaking Program for Detroit Area

The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan, has announced a new three-year grantmaking program that will award $2 million a year to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in Michigan's Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties.

The Arts Support program is designed to help large, midsize, and small organizations achieve long-term sustainability. Among other things, the program will work to increase opportunities for cultural and artistic participation and expression for people of all backgrounds, improve the livelihoods of regional artists and their opportunities to contribute to civic life, and build on and strengthening current arts and cultural assets and organizational infrastructure. "We are well aware of the volatile funding climate for arts and cultural organizations nationwide and the day-to-day struggles for survival that are all too common," said Kresge program officer Alice L. Carle. "It is our hope that with reliable operational support, Detroit's arts and cultural organizations will be able to do what they do best — challenge us, enrich us, and open our eyes to new possibilities."

Grants will be based on the size of organizations' operational budgets. Those with annual operating expenses of $3 million or more will be eligible for grants of up to $100,000 annually; those with annual operating expenses between $500,000 and $2.9 million will be considered for grants ranging from $20,000 to $50,000 annually; and those with annual operating expenses of less than $500,000 will be eligible for grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 a year. The foundation also announced that Maud Lyon and Associates will manage the grant review process for applications from midsize and small organizations, with the foundation making final grant decisions.

The Arts Support program is one component of a comprehensive, five-part strategy under way at the Kresge Foundation to revitalize the Detroit region. The Detroit Program, which will award $25 million to area nonprofits in 2007, seeks to strengthen Detroit neighborhoods, revive the downtown, promote arts and culture in the region, enhance the natural environment, and reinvigorate the regional economy.

"Arts and cultural organizations enrich the fabric of daily life, nurture individual development, strengthen communities, and contribute to the regional economy," said Kresge president and CEO Rip Rapson. "We hope the grants will reinforce the stability of these organizations, better enabling them to contribute in myriad ways to the health and vitality of community life."