The Kresge Foundation accepting Proposals for Advancing Health Equity Through Housing – United States

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Deadline: 7 May 2019

To support innovative community-generated multi-sector solutions to improve health outcomes, housing affordability and quality, The Kresge Foundation’s Health Program has announced a new $2 million funding opportunity to advance health equity through housing.

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With this funding opportunity, the foundation seeks to identify and accelerate community-led policy and system changes that reduce displacement, segregation and gentrification; support innovative funding strategies that better connect housing and health sectors and recognize multi-sector partnerships that preserve and increase the supply of stable housing to improve health, well-being and health equity in low-income communities.

Competitive proposals will:

  • Address social determinants of health
  • Have a strong community and equity focus
  • Include partners from the health and housing fields, and ideally partners from additional sectors
  • Incorporate community-level engagement and decision-making at the policy and/or practice level focused on solutions to one or more health and housing issues

Funding Information

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Applicants may apply for Project Support or General Operating Support.

  • Project Support:
    • Planning Grant (up to one year; $100,000)
    • Implementation Grant (up to two years, $200,000 per year)
  • General Operating Support:
    • Implementation Grant (up to two years, $200,000 per year)

What Will Support

  • On-the-Ground Work: Includes support for nonprofits who have a core mission of stabilizing urban communities through systems change and policy work to prevent displacement, gentrification and eviction, and advance fair housing. The foundation will also consider providing planning grants and supporting small-scale pilots of new and innovative models of housing and health system integration and multi-sector collaborative approaches.
  • Intermediary Support: Includes support for national learning collaboratives and national networks to provide diverse technical assistance strategies and customized support to local organizations. The goal of this work is to strengthen the links between local organizations and build their capacity to transform sporadic innovation into a sustained strategy. Key strategies include facilitating peer-to-peer learning and multi-sectoral collaborations. The learnings from this work are intended to inform local, state and national policies and practices.
  • Innovation: Includes the development of new policy and financing approaches to address housing instability and improve health outcomes. Successful applicants will combine local knowledge and experience with national expertise to create evidence-informed approaches that will translate in a variety of contexts (e.g., blended funding strategies that bring health care investors together with traditional investors).

Eligibility Criteria

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  • Kresge welcomes proposals from non-profit organizations and local government agencies that are leading multi-sector, mission-driven housing enterprises.
  • A lead applicant may be any 501(c)3 or a local government entity located in an urban area in the U.S. or U.S. territories.
  • The most competitive proposals will be led by organizations that are deeply embedded in and trusted by residents of the community (e.g., city, state, etc.) who are the focus of the proposed project.
  • An organization can be part of more than one application.

How to Apply

Proposals must be submitted online via the given website.

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