Focus on Creative Placemaking, an approach to community development and urban planning that integrates arts, culture, and community-engaged design strategies. Kresge’s unique niche in Creative Placemaking is their commitment to influence community development-related systems and practices that expand opportunities for low-income people in disinvested communities in American cities.
Creative approaches are required to meaningfully address the systemic barriers facing low-income residents. As part of a suite of solutions, arts, culture and community-engaged design can influence the built environment, enhance engagement, give residents a sense of agency, and contribute to the narrative of a place. We believe these are pre-conditions for lasting change. Through our grants and investments, we seek to make Creative Placemaking an integral element of equitable community development and urban planning practices.
Investment through these focus areas:
Local Systems: They fund Creative Placemaking initiatives that challenge norms and ways of working within city-wide systems such as government agencies, health and human services networks, community finance agencies, and food systems.
Placed Based: They support established organizations that have a demonstrated commitment and track record of using Creative Placemaking as an approach to improving the conditions of low income people in neighborhoods.
What They Fund:
They do not fund: planning efforts, arts, design or community development projects conceived and executed by a single organization, nor initiatives with limited regard for the impact of the proposed initiatives on low-income residents in that specific locale. In addition, we generally do not fund:
They accept and review inquiries for grants in our Local Systems and Place-Based Initiatives focus areas on an ongoing basis; there is no deadline.
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