Kresge Foundation Accepting Applications for Healthy Places Grants

Funder: Kresge Foundation; Opportunity: Developing Healthy Places; Funding Focus: Health, community health; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: 501(c)(3) nonprofits; Funding: Multiple awards, funding varies (the foundation made $139 million in grants last year); Deadline: Rolling.

Summary: The program supports place-based, community-driven efforts to promote health and remove barriers to opportunity for people in low-income neighborhoods. In the Healthy Housing and Neighborhoods category, support is provided to organizations working to address policies, systems change, and communication to connect health and housing; policies that promote healthy housing and mitigate the impacts of substandard housing; and innovative investments that connect community development, health, and housing. Preliminary applications may be submitted at any time.

Other Grants

The foundation’s Innovative Population Health Programs and Policies Grants aid community health collaborations ( The foundation, launched by the founder of what later became the K-mart chain, funds national and local efforts encouraging cross-sector collaboration and the integration of community health strategies into health care. Grants focus on promising new practices serving vulnerable populations (like children and minorities) by advancing prevention, improving access and integrating primary community and clinical care. The foundation looks for efforts fostering connections between clinical health care and community health by integrating patient care. Applicants awarded multi-year grants should be prepared to secure matching support after the first year. That match may take the form of additional funding or in-kind services or other resources.

Child health projects have won in the past. North Country Healthcare, Flagstaff, AZ, won a three-year grant for the “Hermosa Vida” project, a collaborative initiative to provide low-income children with access to health information, fitness programs and nutrition counseling.

These health grants are separate from the foundation’s education grants, which run on a separate track.

Info: (Developing Healthy Places) or 248/643-9630 (questions).

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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