Kresge Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Kresge Foundation supports women and girls organizations working in low-income areas of major cities across the United States.

IP TAKE: This funder awards grants lasting one to three years. It does not fund capacity building.

PROFILE: Established by Sebastian S. Kresge in 1924, the Kresge Foundation’s overall aim is to “[p]romote human progress.” The foundation underwent a transition in 2006 in order to restructure its grantmaking to reflect the needs of today’s society. Kresge’s grantmaking largely focuses on “[s]ocial investing tools to help expand opportunities for low income people living in cities.” The foundation’s grantmaking includes Arts & Culture, Detroit, Education, Environment, Health and Human Services.

Kresge awards its grants related to girls and women across its programming; however, it awards the majority of women and girls related grants through its Human Services program, which aims to “[r]eset the odds so that people have an improved set of opportunities to live healthy, economically stable and self-determined lives.”

Grants are often substantial, ranging anywhere from around $100,000 to $1.5 million. Women’s and girls’ organizations receiving past funding from Kresge include the Lower East Side Girls Club of New York, which received a grant for its programming focusing on at-risk girls and young women; and Women’s Home, an organizations using a multi-disciplinary approach to helping women with mental illness and/or substance abuse issues. To learn more about the types of organizations Kresge supports and at what level, examine its searchable grants database.

The Kresge Foundation’s funding opportunities vary. Certain programs accept unsolicited requests for funding on a rolling basis without deadlines, others have open calls for proposals with specific deadlines and some program grants are by invitation only. Grantseekers are encouraged to subscribe to email alerts for the latest updates.


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