Detroit Arts Support Adds Two Sponsoring Organizations, Will Offer $12M to Arts Nonprofits

Detroit Arts Support, a three-year collaboration between The Kresge Foundation in Troy, the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation in Royal Oak, the Hudson-Webber Foundation in Detroit, and the DeRoy Testamentary Foundation in Southfield will together offer $12 million to arts and cultural organizations across metro Detroit, the collaboration announced today.
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Detroit Arts Support, a collaboration among four metro Detroit nonprofit organizations, will offer $12 million in grants to arts and cultural organizations in the region. // Stock photo

Detroit Arts Support, a three-year collaboration between The Kresge Foundation in Troy, the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation in Royal Oak, the Hudson-Webber Foundation in Detroit, and the DeRoy Testamentary Foundation in Southfield will together offer $12 million to arts and cultural organizations across metro Detroit, the collaboration announced today.

Kresge launched the initiative in 2007 and Erb began partnering on the application and review process in 2010. To date, Kresge has contributed $24 million and Erb has contributed $12.6 million to more than 80 organizations combined.

This is the first year that Hudson-Webber and DeRoy will participate. Both are longtime funders of local arts organizations. The two organizations restrict grants to nonprofits based in Detroit, while Kresge and DeRoy give grants to organizations in the tri-county area.

“This has been a terrific, high-impact arts collaboration for our region, and it is exciting to see it growing to include more foundation partners,” says Neil C. Hawkins, president of the Erb Family Foundation.

The four foundations will share a single application and review process and make independent funding decisions. The partnership will streamline the application for grantees.

Detroit Arts Support grants provide unrestricted operating dollars to Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb county nonprofits in the performing, visual, and literary arts, as well as to arts service, education, media and broadcasting, and cultural heritage organizations.

“Arts and culture feed the soul of a community,” says Wendy Lewis Jackson, Detroit program managing director for Kresge. “There is no revitalization of a community without their energy and spirit. That’s why we believe that it is so important to nurture and support the organizations that, in turn, support artists and connect the public to the art of today and the heritage of the past. From grassroots operations to the largest institutions, these organizations make our cultural life possible.”

Nonprofits must have been presenting programs for at least two years, have the equivalent of at least one full-time employee, have revenues of more than $100,000, and have 501(c)3 status to be eligible for grant funding. Each foundation has separate funding criteria, and individual grant sizes will range from $5,000-$100,000 per year. All grants will be made in three-year commitments.

Organizations that are smaller, younger, or lack 501(c)3 status can apply for the Creators of Culture program. Grants will be administered by CultureSource, a member organization for southeast Michigan nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. It will award $3,000 grants to 25 organizations per year for the next three years. This program was added over the past two years.

An information session on Detroit Arts Support and Creators of Culture will be offered from noon-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 9 at TechTown, located at 440 Burroughs in Detroit.

Applications for Detroit Arts Support and Creators of Culture are available now through Monday, June 10. Application guidelines for Detroit Arts Support are available here.

Detroit Arts Support applicants must apply through Kresge’s online FLUXX system, which requires an account. Registration takes two-three business days. A guide to the system is available here.

Applicants of Creators of Culture can apply here.

Grants will be announced in September.

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