July 11, 2016

The Kresge Foundation has approved a three-year grant totaling $250,000 for operating support for University of Detroit Mercy’s Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) to aid in its mission of helping community development organizations strengthen Detroit’s neighborhoods, June 29.

The grant is designed to build strategic cooperation among DCDC, Community Development Advocates of Detroit, Michigan Community Resources and ARISE! Detroit, all organization with similar missions to help improve the quality of life for Detroit residents. All four organizations received Kresge Foundation grants for operating support.

“The really exciting piece that hasn’t been part of other grants we’ve received from The Kresge Foundation is the collaborative piece with the four organization,” said DCDC Associate Director Christina Heximer. “We’ve all worked together in the past on projects, but this will unite the four organizations and allow us to think about and plan what we can collectively work on and move community development forward in the neighborhoods.”

The four organizations have already met to determine goals for the partnership and will work to develop those goals and determine the most effective ways to join talents to benefit residents of the city of Detroit.

The Kresge Foundation funds projects that expand opportunities in American cities by investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services and community development. It has long been a supporter of Detroit Mercy’s work in the community.