The Kresge Foundation provides $1 million to expand IFF’s Learning Spaces in Detroit January 10, 2017

IFF’s Learning Spaces launched last spring to improve access to quality early education and child care across every neighborhood in Detroit. Providers, ranging from home-based caregivers to larger nonprofits and meeting a minimum “three-star” quality rating, can receive grants for real estate consulting, minor facility repairs, or other facility-related needs.

To date, seven early education providers have been awarded grants of up to $15,000 for improvements, including: adding and equipping a new Head Start classroom; replacing faulty HVAC systems; making critical repairs to roofs, decking, and flooring; and installing a new playground and fencing.

The Kresge Foundation recently awarded IFF $1 million to expand this successful program. In the second phase of Learning Spaces, grants of up to $20,000 will be offered to eligible community- and home-based family providers to purchase equipment, complete small-scale improvements, and address emergency repairs. Larger centers may also apply for grants up to $200,000 to complete even more substantial renovations.

Applications for funding through Learning Spaces will open later in January and can be found at