In June, the Catholic Foundation of Michigan presented two Grant Writing Workshops at St. Fabian Catholic Parish in Farmington Hills and Our Lady Star of the the Sea Catholic Parish in Grosse Pointe Woods. More than 70 attendees from across southeast Michigan gained valuable insight and tips for writing grant proposals of all types, with a special emphasis on the Catholic Foundation’s 2019 impact grant process.

Participants agreed that the presentation detailed useful information about different types of grants, budgets, priorities, and how to write the most effective grant proposal; 92% said that they “gained insights and ideas from colleagues and foundation staff.” Nancy Harman from the Dames and Knights of the Order of Malta Dental and Medical Clinic of Southeast Michigan was pleased with the style of the presentation, saying, “This was short and informative – great. Less is more.”

Fr. Chris Talbot connects with other participants at the June 24 Grant Writing Workshop.

Attendees appreciated the openness and honesty of the presenters and how they welcomed questions. People also relished the opportunity to network with fellow Catholics in ministry. Well over a dozen local Catholic ministries were represented, and the workshop encouraged forging ties between groups. Carolyn Wilson, a member of the Catholic Foundation Grants and Impact Awards Committee, was “inspired by the turnout, energy, enthusiasm, and the willingness shared by all of these people to go after the money in order to unleash the Gospel.”

At the end of the presentation, a large majority of attendees said that they “feel prepared and confident to complete the impact grant application for the Catholic Foundation.” Father Patrick Gonyeau of Corpus Christi Parish agreed, saying the workshop “really helped me, someone who has never written a grant before, to gain greater competency and confidence to pursue writing grants.”

By: Stephanie Nagle

Grant Workshop at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Parish, June 24, 2019

In 2018, the Catholic Foundation of Michigan distributed $88,500 to 25 ministry programs through competitive grants, and President Angela Moloney is keen to increase giving this year.

The competitive grant process is underway for 2019, and awards will be presented in December.

Join us in our granting efforts by giving to one or more of our granting funds.