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Deadline: August 13, 2018

Kresge Foundation: Advancing Health Equity Through Housing

The Kresge 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 for improved health, well-being, and health equity in low-income communities. Competitive proposals will meet the following criteria:

  • Address upstream determinants of health
  • Have a strong community and equity focus
  • Include multi-sector involvement minimally from health and housing fields and optimally partners from additional sectors
  • Community resident-level engagement and power building at the policy and/or practice level focused on solutions to one or more health and housing issue, such as, but not limited to: physical and emotional trauma emanating from housing instability; impact of displacement (fair housing, community planning, etc.); or housing design/quality (addressing health conditions such as lead, asthma)

The Foundation will support:

  • On-the-ground work: Includes operating and programmatic grants to nonprofits who have a core mission of stabilizing communities through systems change and policy work to prevent displacement, gentrification and eviction, and to advance fair housing. This work also includes planning grants and small-scale pilots of new and innovative models of housing and health system integration and multi-sector collaborative approaches.
  • Intermediary support: Includes supporting 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 national, state and local policy and practice.
  • Innovation: Includes the development of new transformative policy and financing approaches to housing and health with a goal of creating a supportive regulatory and financing environment that leads to an increased supply of stable affordable housing. Successful applicants will combine local knowledge and experience with national expertise to create, novel 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).


  • Planning grants of $100,000 will be awarded for up to one year
  • General operating support and programmatic grants of up to two years will be awarded for $200,000 per year

Eligibility: Tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations, national learning collaboratives, national networks. No limitations are indicated.

Link: https://kresge.org/library/advancing-health-equity-through-housing-funding-opportunity

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