Kresge Foundation: Grants for Public Health

OVERVIEW: The Kresge Foundation addresses public health issues, such as poverty and healthcare disparities, through its Health and Human Services grantmaking programs.

IP TAKE: Kresge wants to fund groups that make a big impact, even if they're local. That means smaller groups should focus on how expanding their initiatives or replicating them in other regions.

PROFILE: The Kresge Foundation’s health grants are heavily connected to alleviating urban poverty and reducing healthcare disparities in underserved communities. The foundation supports organizations that improve access to high-quality healthcare for low-income individuals, and organizations advocating health policy-related changes.

Kresge doesn’t necessarily give finite details about what specific types of programs it funds, but indicates that programs should create “pathways out of poverty,” helping disadvantaged, marginalized and vulnerable communities attain “circumstances where they have the opportunity to achieve well-being and lead self-sufficient, self-determined, productive lives.”

The Kresge Foundation also forms community health partnerships through its Health Program grantmaking. The focus of this type of grantmaking is not specifically aimed at healthcare; instead, it has a broad focus on "improving the environmental and social conditions affecting their communities" and improving access to high-quality health care. This program includes two initiatives: Accelerating Community-Centered Approaches to Health and Developing Healthy Places. This program also awards a decent number of grants to projects to inform broader health policies and practices. Kresge’s Health grants typically range from $40,000 to $1.25 million.

The foundation’s Human Services program focuses grantmaking on efforts to improve the quality of life for underserved populations by funding programs to break the poverty cycle. Grants range from $7,000 way up to $1.5 million. 

Although the Kresge Foundation’s application process is subject to change at any time, it is currently accepting proposals for both its Health and Human Services programs. A list of current grantees is available here.

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