$500,000 Available Nationally for Climate and Cultural Resilience Grants through Enterprise Community Partners

Five local organizations will each receive $100,000 to incorporate arts, culture and creativity into climate resilience projects

BOSTON (Feb. 8, 2017) – Five grants of $100,000 each are now available to local organizations around the country working to build more resilient communities. As part of its Climate and Cultural Resilience Grant Program, Enterprise Community Partners Inc. (Enterprise) today released a request for proposals that use creative placemaking strategies to strengthen the connection between cultural and climate resilience. Grantees will identify a local climate resilience challenge and propose projects in which residents, artists and other creative and cultural practitioners collaborate to address the challenge and other concerns such as equity, racial equity, economic disparities, health disparities and community engagement and cohesion.

"At Enterprise, we believe a key part of ending housing insecurity is enabling communities to respond and adapt to climate changes," said Laurel Blatchford, senior vice president and chief program officer, Enterprise Community Partners. "In addition to creating physical infrastructure that helps communities respond to these challenges, community resilience also depends on human networks. Through Enterprise’s Climate and Cultural Resilience Grant Program organizations will have a chance to focus on the role of arts, culture and creativity as central elements of a resilient community and to use creative placemaking strategies within the context of climate resilience projects."

Enterprise’s Climate and Cultural Resilience Grant Program is generously supported by funding from The Kresge Foundation, The Kendeda Fund, and HUD’s Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Program.

Enterprise’s Climate and Cultural Resilience grants are available to community organizations across the country, including those working within rural and Native American communities. Enterprise will serve as an advising partner for the grantees, providing technical assistance to their projects and guidance on creative placemaking strategies. Grantees will participate in a peer-learning cohort which will convene throughout the one-year grant period beginning June 1, 2017.

To review the RFP and online application form, and to register for an informational webinar about Enterprise’s Climate and Cultural Resilience Grant Program, refer to Enterprise Community Partners grants page. Proposals are due by March 31, 2017.

The U.S. is in the midst of a broad housing insecurity crisis that is affecting nearly 19 million housing insecure families who are homeless or paying more than half of their monthly income on housing. Enterprise’s generational goal is to end housing insecurity in the U.S. through quality affordable housing connected to good schools, jobs, transit and health care.

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Enterprise works with partners nationwide to build opportunity. We create and advocate for affordable homes in thriving communities linked to good schools, jobs, transit and health care. We lend funds, finance development and manage and build affordable housing, while shaping new strategies, solutions and policy. Over more than 30 years, Enterprise has created nearly 358,000 homes, invested $23.4 billion and touched millions of lives.

The Kresge Foundation is a $3.6 billion private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and social investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development in Detroit. In 2015, the Board of Trustees approved 370 grants totaling $125.2 million, and nine social investment commitments totaling $20.3 million. For more information, visit kresge.org.

The Kendeda Fund is a private family foundation based in Atlanta, Georgia, that focuses on community-driven solutions and is dedicated to exploring how human beings can build a more just and equitable world, one in which we use resources wisely and relate to one another more mindfully. For more information, visit kendedafund.org.

HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at http://www.hud.govand http://espanol.hud.gov. You can also connect with HUD on social media or sign up for news alerts on HUD's Email List.