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The Catholic Foundation of Michigan serves as the center of Catholic philanthropy in our area. We serve both generous donors and institutions/organizations ministering to people in need in our community. 

We enhance every gift with our experience, credibility, visibility and endurance. We both combine and compound our donor’s gifts with those of other like–minded people of faith to build up the Catholic community in Michigan.  

2018 Grant Process and Guidelines

Download 2018 Grant Guidelines

We appreciate your time and interest in learning about a partnership with the Catholic Foundation of Michigan.  

This year’s grants address community needs within our three focus areas: Social Outreach, Education/Formation, and Parish Life. In 2018 we will be making grants in increments of $1,000 and $5,000. 

Impactful Partnerships with the Catholic Foundation

Kindly review the 2018 Grant Process and Guidelines. Once you determine your project may be a fit with our funding priorities, we invite you to submit an online Letter of Intent (LOI).  Upon receipt of the LOI we will review the results to see if our collective priorities align for an impactful partnership.

Funding Eligibility

  • You are a nonprofit entity in Michigan that serves communities primarily in Michigan
  • Your mission, values and behaviors are not in conflict with Catholic teachings
  • You are an U.S. 501(c)(3) organization with audited financial statements
  • Your project addresses one or more of our grant making priorities (detailed below)


How to Apply

After reviewing the Catholic Foundation guidelines, eligibility requirements and funding priorities, we encourage you to submit a brief Letter of Intent (LOI). Once reviewed, you will be contacted by our staff within 30 days and may be invited to submit an online application for funding. You are welcome to call us to discuss your idea and to ask questions about the grant process. 

In an effort to reduce an excess of printed grant submissions and as part of the Foundations sustainability practice, all parts of the process are online.  If you do not have web access or need assistance with the process, our staff is here to help and can be reached by calling 248.204.0332 or emailing Info@CatholicFoundationMichigan.org


Stage One: Submit a Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent (LOI) will be accepted by the Catholic Foundation in May. Once you have completed the online LOI process, you can expect to hear from us within 30 days. Please understand that while all LOIs will be read, all may not generate an invitation to apply for funding. The Catholic Foundation receives many compelling requests each year and regrettably, we are not able to fund each one.  The window to submit a Letter of Intent for 2018 has closed. If you are interested in learning more about The Catholic Foundation's granting opportunities, please email us at: Info@CatholicFoundationMichigan.org.



Stage Two: Complete an Application 

Once your Letter of Intent has been reviewed, you may be invited to submit an online grant application.  The online application is due July 31st.  All applicants will hear a response from the Catholic Foundation in November. Please know that our staff is here to assist you with the application process, however, all funding decisions are made by the Catholic Foundation Board of Directors at the fall meeting. 

Letter of Intent Instructions

The window to submit a Letter of Intent for 2018 has closed. If you are interested in learning more about The Catholic Foundation's granting opportunities, please email us at: Info@CatholicFoundationMichigan.org.

Grant Funding

The Foundation’s Grant and Impact Committee will review and evaluate grant proposals according to the grant guidelines, and will submit recommendations to the Board of Directors. All grant applicants will be notified of the decisions of the Board before the end of November. Successful applicants will be required to complete a contractual agreement before funds are disbursed. 

A formal presentation of grant awards will be made at the Foundation’s annual grant awards breakfast.

Evaluation Procedures

All grant recipients must report on the expenditure of grant funds and the outcomes of the funded program. Mid-year and final progress reports are required and the forms will be sent to the grant recipients at the appropriate times. Failure to submit a progress report will disqualify the grant recipient from further funding by The Catholic Foundation. Please be advised that The Catholic Foundation will conduct random pre- and post-site visits during the grant cycle.

Igniting Hearts.

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Catholic Foundation of Michigan

1145 W. Long Lake Road, Suite 201 
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 

Phone: 248.204.0332