The Catholic Foundation of Michigan distributed over $135,300 on December 15th during the annual community grants celebration.

St. Augustine St. Monica Parish Choir, opened and ended the celebration with prayerful songs.

Over 150 community members came together at the Detroit Athletic Club on December 15th, 2022, to celebrate the Foundation’s five-year anniversary and the incredible work supported through its granting partners. One of this year’s grant recipients, St. Augustine St. Monica parish,  opened the celebration with prayerful and inspiring music.

The 32 projects of local parishes, schools and ministries honored in the morning celebration provide signs of hope in a time when hope is desperately needed.

Chris Allen, Angela Moloney and Archbishop Allen Vigneron presenting an award to Foundation Board chair, Pat Fehring for his years of service.

The competitive grant recipients are selected by the Catholic Foundation of Michigan’s Grant and Impact Committee and address grassroots community needs focusing on social outreach, education, and vibrant church life. Grants were awarded to Catholic and non-Catholic projects that will foster collaboration and innovation and expand education, service, or outreach aligned with Catholic values.

This year’s presentation of awards was announced by Beverly Beltramo, a member of the Catholic Foundation of Michigan’s Grant and Impact Committee and board. “Each grant application took my breath away. The amazing work you [the grant recipients] do–usually quietly, under the surface– just good, holy people living the call, to serve Jesus and to serve those around them challenged me–and inspired me,” shared Beverly before thanking the many ministries in the room.

“As a Catholic community foundation, our goal is to listen to the needs of our community and respond accordingly,” shared Foundation President and CEO, Angela Moloney. Angela Moloney also announced the opening of a new granting fund, the Laudato si’ fund, to support creative programs that build reverence and care for creation through environmental projects. Interested organizations can apply for funding in the Spring when the Catholic Foundation’s granting process opens. 

The morning celebration ended with a special award presented to Patrick Fehring, the Catholic Foundation’s Board Chair and Founder, for his 5+ years of inspired vision, dedicated leadership and faithful service.

Over the past five years, the Catholic Foundation has provided more than 640+ grants totaling roughly $16 million from both competitive community grants and donor-directed grants. The Catholic community in our area is living the Gospel in creative, impactful ways; We invite you to join us in amplifying these efforts.

With your support, we can award even more in 2023. 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.



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