The Catholic Foundation distributed over $138,500 on December 7th during the annual community grants celebration.


Over 130 community members came together at the Detroit Athletic Club on December 7th, 2021 to celebrate the impactful work happening in our community. Two of these years grant recipients, Regina High School and University of Detroit Jesuit students,  opened the celebration with prayerful and inspiring music.

The 35 projects of local parishes, schools and ministries that were honored in the morning celebration are providing signs of hope in a time when hope is desperately needed.

The competitive grant recipients are selected by the Catholic Foundation of Michigan’s Grant and Impact Committee, which evaluated each of this year’s grant applications through one of three categories: empowering social outreach, building vibrant parish life and fostering Catholic education and formation. The awarded grants were given to Catholic and non-Catholic projects that build on the communities’ assets through best practices and innovation, like those who foster collaboration of multiple partners and expand education; to service or outreach aligned with Catholic values, amongst other qualifications.

“During the season of Advent, as we prepare for Christmas, we celebrate the generosity of Catholics in southeast Michigan. We are grateful for the numerous community leaders who collaborate with us to provide meaningful change,” shared Angela Moloney, President and CEO of the Catholic Foundation of Michigan.

Over the past four years, the Catholic Foundation has provided more than 300+ grants totaling roughly $7.3 million from both competitive community grants and donor-directed grants. The Catholic community of southeast Michigan is unleashing the Gospel in creative, impactful ways and we invite you to join us in amplifying these efforts.

With your support, we can award even more in 2021. When you give through the Catholic Foundation, your contributions are compounded and have an even greater impact. Together we will unleash the giving across southeast Michigan.

“It has been a difficult period these last 18 months, but from what I’ve seen, Catholics have stepped up to a greater degree to fund these organizations. I’m proud of our Church, as well as our donors who have done a lot of good work,” shared Patrick Fehring, chairman of the Catholic Foundation of Michigan’s board of directors.



Learn more about this year’s grant recipients by watching the video below.