Grants & Applications
Annually, the Catholic Foundation offers a competitive granting process that makes awards from our field of interest granting funds. Anyone can support these funds to benefit their communities today and for future generations. As a community foundation, we strive to make the granting process as open and clear as possible and empowering local parishes, schools, and ministries making the most impact in our neighborhoods.
The 2021 Grant Process is now closed. Check back next April for the 2022 process and opportunities.
“These grants are not just about the money; it’s about the relationships. We want to learn about our grant recipients, educate them and help tell their stories. These grants are about telling their stories — from diapers to food, to Catholic schools and vibrant parishes reaching out in evangelization and helping out with the challenges of being a new mom. Look around — from Gaylord to Monroe, from Jackson to Marine City, these grants will go toward making our community stronger.”
~ Angela Moloney, President & CEO – Catholic Foundation of Michigan
The Catholic Foundation grants in three major focus areas. 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. For more specific details, you may also review our granting guidelines.
Empowering Social Outreach
Our Gospel call is to respond to vital social service needs such as food, shelter, medicine for the sick, and hope for those in despair within our community. Examples include but are not limited to:
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 are not limited to:
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 are but not limited to:
Types of Grants
Impact GrantsMore About Impact Grants
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 coordination of multiple partners or ministries
- Expand education, service and outreach while building vibrant communities in line with Catholic values
- Measure and demonstrate results
- Ensure sustainability when funding ends
Church in the City GrantsMore About Church in the City Grants
These grants are awarded to Catholic parishes, 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.
St. Oscar Romero GrantsMore About St. Oscar Romero Grants
Grants will be awarded to parishes, schools and registered nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of life for the Latino or Hispanic community in the northeast region of the Archdiocese of Detroit.
Priority will be given to:
- Applicants who clearly demonstrate that their work will directly benefit a majority-Latino population and employ culturally-competent best practices.
- Organizations that are Latino-led and embody a mission focused on supporting the Latino community
- Catholic Organizations
Spirit of Innovation Grants
More About Spirit of Innovation Grants
Through “Spirit-led” grants, Catholic parishes, schools and organizations in the Archdiocese of Detroit will be able to develop, launch and grow new initiatives, ministries and approaches that share the good news with all, forming joyful missionary disciples. The grants will:
- Activate future initiatives to serve beyond the work of individual parishes and their Missionary Strategic plans
- Inspire disciples to dream and innovate
- Attract national ministries and organizations
- Support innovative and outward-focused missionary work in the Archdiocese of Detroit
- Respond to future inspirations of the Holy Spirit
Priority will be given to requests that:
- Clearly draw upon the foundational conviction of the pastoral letter Unleash the Gospel
- Embrace cooperation and collaboration between multiple partners