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2019 Grant Process and Guidelines

Grant Proposals are now being accepted. Download 2019 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 2019 we will be making grants in increments between $1,000 and $5,000.

Impactful Partnerships with the Catholic Foundation

Kindly review the 2019 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.


How to Apply

After reviewing the Catholic Foundation guidelines, eligibility requirements and funding priorities, we encourage you to complete the Letter of Intent (LOI) ONLINE. This is a brief list of questions that will determine your eligibility - see instructions below. Your LOI will be reviewed and you will be contacted by our staff within 30 days. You 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.

Download the instructions for submitting a Grant Application in 2019
These instructions provide the web link for creating an account, submitting an LOI, and submitting a grant application.


Stage One: Submit a Letter of Intent

A Letter of Intent (LOI) will be accepted by the Catholic Foundation on or before 11:59pm on May 26, 2019. 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.


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 30. 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.

Grant Writing Workshops

A grant writing workshop will be offered to anyone who would like to learn the basics of grant writing and how to write an effective application for the Catholic Foundation. We strongly encourage first-time applicants to sign up, and it is also a good refresher course for those who have written grant applications in the past.

The workshops are free, but advance registration is required using the registration links below. Space is limited. The two workshops provide the same content in a different location and date.

Tuesday June 4, 8:30am
St. Fabian Catholic Parish
32200 W. Twelve Mile Rd.
Farmington Hills, MI 48334

Monday June 24, 8:30am
Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Parish
467 Fairford Rd.
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236

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 in December 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.

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 in our Grant Guidelines)

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Catholic Foundation of Michigan

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

Phone: 248.204.0332