On Dec. 1, 2020, known as #GivingTuesday, the Catholic Foundation of Michigan awarded $120,750 in community grants to southeastern Michigan parishes, schools and nonprofit organizations during the Foundation’s third annual grant award celebration. The challenges of COVID provided the opportunity for over 100 community leaders to gather virtually and join in this remarkable, joyful celebration 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. In addition to the Foundation’s field of interest funds, awards were also made through the Archdiocese of Detroit’s Church in the City initiative, the St. Oscar Romero Grant for Hispanic Ministries fund, and one award was made through the new Spirit of Innovation fund.


Collectively, the competitive community impact grants directed by the Catholic Foundation and donor-directed grants have awarded around $4.5 million to date.

“These grants are not about the money; it’s about the relationships,” Angela Moloney, president and CEO of the Catholic Foundation, told donors and recipients during the virtual ceremony. “We want to learn about them, educate them and help tell their stories. Today is about telling their stories — from diapers to food, to Catholic schools and vibrant parishes reaching out in evangelization and helping out with the challenges of being a new mom. Look around — from Gaylord to Monroe, from Jackson to Marine City, these grants will go toward making our community stronger. 

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.

Be inspired by our 2020 grant recipients: 

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2020 Catholic Foundation of Michigan grant recipients  

Empowering Social Outreach 

  • Camp Sancta Maria, High Ropes Adventure Course Zip Line — $2,500 
  • Carinal Mooney Catholic High School, Cardinal Mooney Outreach — $1,500 
  • Christ the King Service Corps, Essential Young Adults — $5,000 
  • Felician Children’s Center, Supporting Families during COVID-19 — $2,500 
  • Gianna House, TPHP — $5,000 
  • Guest House Inc., Return to Work for Recovering Priests — $5,000
  • International Samaritan, Service Immersion Scholarship Program — $2,500 
  • Ladies of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul Oakland County, LOC Warehouse — $5,000 
  • Life Remodeled, Durfee Innovation Society Operations — $5,000
  • Livingston County Catholic Charities, Christmas Blessing Project — $3,000 
  • Mary’s Mantle, Remote Programming — $2,000 
  • Pope Francis Center, Nutrition Program — $5,000 
  • Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order, Capuchin Soup Kitchen — $5,000 
  • Racquet Up Detroit, Academic Recovery & Support Program — $2,500 
  • Selah’s Center of Hope, Hope House — $2,500 
  • Siena Literacy Center, Technical Update — $3,000 
  • St. Clare of Montefalco, Unity in Diversity — $10,000 
  • St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, Leaders in Motion/Leaders on Mission — $5,000 
  • Holy Trinity Parish, “Women’s Circle of Support” – Strangers No Longer —  $5,000 
  • The Lennon Center, Maternal Help — $5,000 
  • The Servants of Jesus of The Divine Mercy, Women of Jesus’ Merciful Passion Formation & Development — $2,500 
  • Trinity Vicariate – Detroit, Men for Others — $5,000

Building Vibrant Parish Life 

  • Most Holy Redeemer Parish, “Del Dolor a la Gracia” Ministry  — $5,000 
  • St. Aloysius Church, Parish Engagement and Outreach — $2,500 
  • St. Augustine/St. Monica Church, St. Augustine/St. Monica Distanced Evangelization — $5,000 
  • St. Gabriel Parish, Flor y Canto Project — $5,000 
  • St. Lucy Church, Fanning the Flame — $500 

Fostering Catholic Education and Formation  

  • Cathedral Choir Academy of Detroit, Cathedral Choir Academy of Detroit — $5,000 
  • Catholic Youth Organization, CYO Missionary Discipleship Experience — $2,500 
  • Detroit Cristo Rey High School, Work Study Program — $2,500 
  • Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Building Great Souled Persons — $2,500 
  • La Casa Guadalupana, La Casa Guadalupana — $2,500 
  • Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School, Building Disciples at OLGC Parish School — $1,000