Granting Opportunities

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.

Our field of interest grants address community needs within our three critical areas:

Catholic Education and Formation

Vibrant Parish Life

Parish Life

Social Outreach

Social Outreach

Our grantees are unleashing the Gospel and making an impact in their parishes, schools, and ministries. Meet our Grantees.

65
Grants
Distributed

60
Grant
Recipients

$199,500
Total Grants
Distributed

Focus Areas

The Catholic Foundation grants in three major focus areas in 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.

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

In 2018, we awarded $88,5000 in grants to southeast Michigan parishes, schools and community nonprofit organizations. Twenty five grants were given in amounts up to $5,000.

The 2020 GRANT GUIDELINES are now available!

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

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

Types of Grants

Impact Grants
More 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 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
More About 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.

 

St. Oscar Romero Grants
More 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

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