Apply for a Competitive Impact Grant

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

Grant Application Process – Overview

The Grant application process for the 2024 year opened on May 28th, 2024. Please see below for the 2024 timeline and click here to register for the required Grant Workshop for first-time applicants.

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. 



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 
  2. Review the Foundation’s Focus Areas
  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 focus areas: social outreach, parish life and Catholic education and formation

    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

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.

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) online form will open on May 28th, 2024 and will be accepted by the Catholic Foundation through June 26th, 2024. 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.

Important 2024 Update: All LOIs will be read, though not all may generate an invitation to apply for funding. The Foundation receives many compelling requests and regrettably, we cannot fund each one. This year’s process will be more competitive than year’s past, only the top grant projects will be invited.

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 August 31, 2024. 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