Apply for a Competitive Impact Grant

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

Annually the Catholic Foundation competitively awards schools, parishes and nonprofit organizations.

In an effort to reduce an excess of printed grant submissions and as part of the Foundations sustainability practice, all parts of the process are online. 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. We ask that you read the Grant Guidelines prior to completing the online grant application.

Review the Granting Guidelines for 2020.

Review the Grant Follow Up Report Template for 2019.

Funding Eligibility

Before submitting an online Letter of Intent (LOI), please review the following requirements: 

  • Nonprofit entities in Michigan that serve communities primarily Michigan
  • The mission, values and behaviors in line with Catholic Teachings
  • Organization is a U.S. 501(c)(3) with audited financial statements
  • Addresses one or more of the grant making priorities (detailed below)

We do 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

Process Overview

How to Apply

After reviewing the Catholic Foundation guidelines, eligibility requirements and funding priorities, you will create an account HERE if you have not already done so.

At that link, you will submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), which is a brief form outlining your project. Once reviewed, you will be contacted by our staff within 30 days and may be invited to submit an online application for funding. You are welcome to call us to discuss your idea and to ask questions about the grant process.  

Stage One: Submit a Letter of Intent

Letters of Intent (LOI) will be accepted by the Catholic Foundation until May 22, 2020. Once you have completed the online form for the LOI, 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. 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. 

Grant Application Instructions




Grant Frequently Asked Questions

Grant Workshops: June 4 and June 25

Thursday, June 4 Grant Writing 101 Presentation

 Thursday, June 25 Grant Writing 201 Presentation


Learn More About Our 2018 and 2019 Grantees


Questions? 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

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