Granting Opportunities

Annually the Catholic Foundation offers a competitive granting process to distribute a percentage of returns from our field of interest funds. Individuals or families, named or otherwise, can support these funds to benefit their communities today and for future generations.

Our 2019 grant cycle is closed. Please check back in Spring 2020 for information about applying for a competitive community grant.

In 2019, we awarded $106,000 in grants to southeastern Michigan parishes, schools and community nonprofit organizations. Thirty five grants were given in amounts up to $5,000.


Impact Grants

The Catholic Foundation grants in three major focus areas in Southeast Michigan. All grant seekers should 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 nonprofit organizations
• Leveraging local 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 community 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