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Grants and Funding: Kresge Foundation Healthy Housing and Neighborhoods Initiative

December 1, 2019 - January 30, 2021

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. There is NO DEADLINE.

This is an open grant opportunity for organizations working to address: a) policies, systems change, and communication to connect health and housing; b) policies that promote healthy housing and mitigate the impacts of substandard housing and/or; c) innovative investments that connect community development, health, and housing. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis. To learn more and apply, click here.

Focus Area Overview

The quality of one’s health is determined by multiple factors: the natural environment, lifestyle, genetic factors and, to a small degree, medical care. Yet, for many people, it is the conditions in which they live that most inhibit their health. Their neighborhoods have limited access to affordable fresh food, safe places for recreation, high-quality education and living-wage jobs. They may be exposed to environmental hazards due to the proximity of polluting industries and substandard housing.

Addressing these conditions begins to promote health equity among people in low-income neighborhoods and fosters improved health for entire communities.

Through this focus area, we support three initiatives:

  • Healthy Housing and Neighborhoods
  • Healthy Food Systems that benefit low-income communities
  • Equitable Transportation and Land Use.

Healthy Housing and Neighborhoods

Housing can serve as a platform for achieving a healthier quality of life. We support efforts that reduce substandard housing through healthy-housing policies and practices as well as partnerships with the community development and affordable-housing sectors to increase investments in healthy communities.

We support activities that speed the adoption of programs, policies and practices that promote safe, stable housing for vulnerable people. We are interested in community development efforts that foster health and connect low-income residents to opportunity.

Much of this work has centered on our Advancing Safe and Healthy Homes project, a multiyear, national demonstration project in six communities that began in 2012. This project, which is ongoing and is not accepting new participant organizations, supports the reduction of asthma, childhood lead poisoning and other home-safety hazards. It also creates improved healthy homes-related policies, promotes better enforcement of current policies and regulations and supports engagement of community members and key stakeholders in addressing substandard housing.

The Healthy Housing and Neighborhoods currently has an open grant opportunity. See below for details and to access the online application system.

Healthy Food Systems

A healthy diet is fundamental to good health. But many people and families, especially low-income communities of color, face limited access to fresh, healthy food. Our food system contributes to obesity, compromising children’s health and adding pressure and cost to an already-stressed health system.

We believe that local food systems can benefit health and economic development in low-income communities. We encourage new practices that increase access to affordable, healthy food and bolster the growth of local food systems serving low-income communities. We are especially interested in the economic impact local food systems can have in these communities.

We launched a competitive request for proposals in December, 2015 that you can read about here.

Equitable Transportation and Land Use

The way we design and construct our physical environments, landscapes and streetscapes greatly influence health. These decisions shape the level of people’s physical activity and affect the air they breathe and the water they drink. They can also have a profound effect on physical safety.

We support activities that expand and strengthen community efforts to influence policies in ways that improve health and safety. We fund efforts that advance urban and transit planning in ways that will improve community health.

Our primary transportation investment is in the Moving Forward Network, a coalition of community-based organizations, researchers and advocates working to improve the freight transportation system and promote environmental justice, public health and quality of life.

Equitable Transportation and Land Use has no open grant opportunities at this time. We are currently accepting proposals by invitation only.

Application Process

To apply or review an existing application, visit The Kresge Foundation Fluxx portal.

First-time visitors will be required to create an account. In addition, Fluxx is configured to work optimally in Google Chrome browser, which should be installed before you access the portal.

Instructions for creating an account and for installing the Google Chrome browser are available in “Fluxx Portal Instructions and Helpful Tips” found in the Library section of this website. That document also is available once you enter the portal for easy reference.


Below are eligibility requirements for all Health Program grant opportunities. In certain situations, criteria are added for specific grant opportunities.

Who is eligible?

  • 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.

Who is ineligible?

  • Individuals.
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status.
  • Organizations that require membership in certain religions or advance a particular religious faith. (Faith-based organizations may be eligible if they welcome and serve all members of the community regardless of religious belief.)
  • Programs operated to benefit for-profit organizations.


December 1
January 30, 2021