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Deadline: January 15, 2019

Kresge Foundation: Next Generation Initiative Funding and Learning Opportunity

The Next Generation Initiative Funding and Learning Opportunity seeks to invest in public and private human service organizations that are improving social and economic mobility (SEM) for children and families. The initiative is a two-year program consisting of three components: 1) leadership development; 2) development of a community of practice; and 3) the creation of organizational and cohort action plans designed to advance and accelerate SEM using a two-generation, whole-family approach. As part of this initiative, grantees will participate in a learning and collaboration network that will include two meetings per year.

The Initiative will support proposals that:

  • Are squarely focused on advancing and accelerating social and economic mobility
  • Offer innovative and effective approaches that can provide lessons for the field
  • Have a clear strategic vision and are able to articulate what works and why (theory of change)
  • Have shared and adaptive leadership
  • Recognize racial equity as an orienting principle and seek to operationalize racial equity
  • Are intensely person-centered in their approach and utilize best practices (brain science informed, two-generation, whole-family approaches, etc.)
  • Are outcomes focused and data driven
  • Measure organizational and programmatic efforts against the Human Service Value Curve
  • Are committed to person-centered (including co-creation and power sharing) systems change driven by addressing structural barriers through policy solutions and positioned to inform and influence communities of practice and build the public will for supportive policies

Amount: Grants of up to $500,000 over two years will be awarded to up to 10 human service organizations and/or agencies.


  • U.S. 501(c)(3) organizations with audited financial statements that are not classified as private foundations. Audits must be independently prepared following Generally Accepted Accounting Principles or Government Auditing Standards. Financial statements prepared on a cash, modified cash, compilation, or review basis do not qualify.
  • Government entities in the United States.

Link: https://kresge.org/programs/human-services/fostering-next-generation-human-services-organizations

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