Kresge Community Arts Program is offering $100,000 in grant funds available in different increments for projects in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park. The deadline is March 12, 2010.
In each city there are examples of pressing community issues and challenges facing citizens, to name just a few, high unemployment, crime and school dropout rates, and foreclosures to environmental concerns and youth violence. Whether historic or current, these issues or problems are complex and can divide neighbors and the city.
Community arts projects may help address all of the above challenges, as well as many others. They choose not to define what constitutes a community issue or challenge, because it will vary in each city. Instead, they are asking each applicant to clearly state the issue and the creative solution the project will address how it meets the Kresge program goals.
Although the inspiration will come from each applicant, ideas could include artists’ residencies for after-school programs in low-income housing developments, juvenile detention or battered women’s shelter, planning to re- purpose an existing property into an artist’s live/work space, gallery or performance space, or an arts project created by elementary school students benefiting the neighborhood around the school.
They are less interested in projects that are designed by an organization for a population, group of residents, youth, or neighborhood. Successful community arts initiative are initiated, designed and implemented with residents and participants. Projects do not have to be new, but status quo initiatives such as the continuation of existing outreach programs, festivals or projects will not receive high priority. Previous applicants that were declined in the first year may reapply this year. Current grantees, however, are not eligible to apply unless their previously funded project is complete.
View their on-line PDF to find out more about the guidelines for project applications.
Feel free to visit the Kresge online site for more information.