The Catholic Foundation of Michigan is awarding $106,000 in community grants to southeastern Michigan parishes, schools and nonprofit organizations during the Foundation’s second annual grant awards breakfast on December 3 at the Detroit Athletic Club. This year's celebration takes place on Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving. The impact grants address community needs within three focus areas: Social Outreach, Education/Formation, and Parish Life.
Grants were awarded to organizations that are unleashing the Gospel in innovative, impactful ways throughout the region. The featured projects build on a community’s assets through best practices and innovation; foster collaboration of multiple partners; and expand 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. Additionally, for the first time this year, one grant was awarded through the new St. Oscar Romero Grant for Hispanic Ministries fund.
The baptism of a member of the RCIA program at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, a 2019 grant recipient
“It is so appropriate that we are celebrating the generosity of Catholics in southeast Michigan by hosting our annual granting breakfast on Giving Tuesday. The Catholic Foundation is honored to support the dynamic impact of our parishes, schools and ministries and the many women and men who serve our community each day,” said Angela Moloney, President and CEO of the Catholic Foundation of Michigan. “We are happy to have so many generous partners in the community who participate alongside us on this Giving Tuesday.”
Collectively, the competitive community impact grants directed by the Catholic Foundation and donor-directed grants have awarded over $2 million to date.
These competitive 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.