Granting Opportunities

Imact Grants

The Catholic Foundation grants in three major focus areas in Southeast Michigan. Before submitting a Letter of Intent, please review the program areas and priorities outlined below and consider how your project or program aligns with the foundation’s grant making goals.

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Empowering Social Outreach

Our Gospel call is to respond to vital social services needs such as food, shelter, medicine for the sick, hope for those in despair and vulnerable within our community. Examples include but not limited to:  
• Sustaining Archdiocesan, religious or parish sponsored nonprofits
• Leveraging nonprofit organizations in line with Catholic Social Teaching.

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Building Vibrant Parish Life 

Our parish is where we encounter Christ – in the sacraments, as well as in the people of our faith community. It’s where we worship, learn, and serve. It’s our home and it is our privilege to create a strong parish environment. Examples include but not limited to:  
• Building welcoming and attractive Catholic parishes in Michigan
• Supporting resource equipment, materials, technology development for communications and outreach related to parish community development
• Encouraging training opportunities and new staff positions related to parish community development

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Fostering Catholic Education and Formation

Catholic education encompasses all types of faith formation for people of every age. We encourage all stages of educational and spiritual development to enhance vibrant discipleship. Examples include but not limited to:  
• Supporting innovative faith formation 
• Fostering high quality young adult, youth or senior ministries
• Improving access to parochial  schools
• Promoting leadership development for religious order ministries

Priority will be given to Impact grant requests that: 

  • Build on a community’s assets and distinctive attributes through best practices and innovation
  • Foster collaboration and coordinator of multiple partners or ministries 
  • Expand education, service and outreach while building vibrant communities in line with Catholic values
  • Improve, measure and demonstrate results
  • Ensure sustainability when funding ends

Church in the City Grants: 

These grants are awarded to Catholic parishes and schools and other Catholic organizations that propagate the Catholic faith in the cities of Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park. The endowment provides support for evangelization, Catholic education and faith formation, service and outreach, and building vibrant Catholic communities in the city. Priority is given to innovative evangelization programs and projects in line with Unleash the Gospel that boldly proclaim the Gospel of Jesus and lead souls to a personal encounter with him. Priority is also given to requests for matching grants.

 Church in the City grant requests must: 

  • Serve communities in Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck
  • Actively support groundbreaking faith formation and education
  • Infuse creativity into support for evangelization into the urban Catholic life
  • Build innovative evangelization programs and projects in line with Unleash the Gospel that boldly proclaim the Gospel of Jesus and lead souls to a personal encounter with him. 


Please contact us if you have questions or wish to discuss your idea. Our staff can be reached by calling 248.204.0332 or emailing Info@CatholicFoundationMichigan.org.

Igniting Hearts.

Invest. Serve. Grow.

Catholic Foundation of Michigan

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

Phone: 248.204.0332