The Catholic Foundation of Michigan will award $88,500 in grants to southeastern Michigan parishes, schools and community nonprofit organizations during the Foundation’s 2018 annual grant awards breakfast on December 11 at the Detroit Athletic Club. The grants address community needs within three focus areas: Social Outreach, Education/Formation, and Parish Life.
2018 marked the first year of an annual competitive community grant distribution by the Catholic Foundation. Grants were awarded to projects that built on a community’s assets through best practices and innovation; fostered collaboration of multiple partners; and expanded education, service and outreach in line with Catholic values; among other qualifications. Through the Archdiocese of Detroit’s Church in the City initiative, priority was given to Church in the City grant requests that fostered innovative evangelization programs and projects in line with the 2017 pastoral letter Unleash the Gospel.
A member of the Christ the King Service Corps, 2018 grant recipient
“Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the Archdiocese of Detroit, we had a very impressive inaugural community grants distribution,” said Angela Moloney, President and CEO of the Catholic Foundation of Michigan. “The grant requests that we received represented a diverse array of creative and impactful programming that will build and strengthen the Catholic church and meet crucial needs in the local community.”
The competitive grants process is offered in addition to donor-directed grants which have awarded almost $700,000 to date.
These grants are made from the three field of interest restricted funds of the Catholic Foundation. Individuals or families, named or otherwise, can support these funds at the Foundation to benefit their communities today and for future generations. While impacting lives through the organizations they wish to support, donors benefit from the knowledge and expertise of professional Foundation staff, the maximum in tax benefits, and the assurance that the earnings from their investments will be utilized to further help their local Catholic community.
Below, view a clip from the James Tatum Contemporary Jazz Mass, a project funded by a 2018 social outreach grant at St. Mary's of Redford parish.