Apply for a Competitive Impact Grant

Thank you for your interest in a grant from The Catholic Foundation!

The 2021 Grant Cycle is now closed.  Check back next April for the details of the 2022 process and opportunities.

Grant Application Process – Overview

In an effort to reduce an excess of printed grant submissions and as part of the Foundation’s sustainability practice, all parts of the process are online. 

The deadline for the 2021 Letter of Intent has been extended to Friday May 28th!


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 Please be sure to start the process early enough so that you can complete it before the deadline.

Before beginning your application process, we ask that you watch the video on the right and review the following items: 

  1. Read the Grant Guidelines – 2021 Granting Guidelines
  2. Review the Foundation’s Funding Priorities
  3. Review the Eligibility Requirements Click to Expand
     Our Foundation only provides grants to:

    • Nonprofit entities that serve communities primarily Michigan
    • Organizations with mission, values and behaviors in line with Catholic Teachings
    • U.S. 501(c)(3) organizations with audited financial statements
    • Addresses one or more of the Foundation’s grant-making priorities 

    Our Foundation does not fund the following:

    • Individuals
    • Funds designated for endowment funds, deficit financing, capital campaigns, or loans
    • Programs operated to benefit for-profit organizations
    • Organizations that discriminate based on any federally protected status


How to Apply

After reviewing the Catholic Foundation guidelines, eligibility requirements and funding priorities, you will create an account
on our Online Grant System if you have not already done so and complete the following two stages of the application process.


Stage One: Submit a Letter of Intent

Letters of Intent (LOI) will be accepted by the Catholic Foundation through May 28, 2021. Once you have completed the online form for the LOI through our Online Grant System, you can expect to hear from us within 30 days. All LOIs will be read, though not all may 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 31, 2021. Applicants will hear a response from the Catholic Foundation in November. 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.



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We’re here to help! You are also welcome to call us to discuss your project ideas and to ask questions about the grant process.  Our staff can be reached by calling 248.204.0332 or emailing
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