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The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is always looking for effective program and project ideas that can improve life in southeast Michigan, specifically in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston counties. We accept grant requests from nonprofit organizations which are tax-exempt public charities under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Community Foundation provides grants considering various local needs and identifying those projects which promise the strongest long-term impact on the region.




We welcome proposals from nonprofit organizations in southeast Michigan and encourage those seeking a grant to contact us. We encourage organizations to first review the Grantmaking Guidelines, which can found at this link:


Once you review the Grantmaking Guidelines, please call and talk to a program officer to discuss your proposal. Should you decide to submit an application click on this link:


If you have already begun an application, click on this link:

 


Beyond our General Grantmaking program, there are a few specialized grant opportunities available through the Community Foundation. Please take a moment to read the specific interests and guidelines for each of these programs.

Chelsea Community Foundation: This affiliate fund of the Foundation seeks proposals that benefit the residents of Chelsea. It has two application cycles each year, with deadlines of February 15 and August 15. For more information, click here.

Community Foundation for Livingston County: This affiliate fund of the Foundation seeks proposals that benefit the residents of Livingston County. It has two application cycles each year, with deadlines of February 15 and August 15. For more information, click here.

Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) Charitable Foundation Fund: This fund provides broad support for projects that benefit youth. It has one application cycle each year, with a deadline of April 15. A brochure highlighting the DADA Fund’s specific interests and history can be found here.

The HOPE Fund: This fund provides support to nonprofit organizations serving the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities. It has two application cycles each year, with deadlines of February 15 and August 15. The HOPE Fund’s Grantmaking Guidelines can be found here. Information on The HOPE Fund’s history can be found here.

Youth Leadership Fund: This fund supports projects that are developed by young people in the community. The Foundation also has a Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) that serves as the review committee for this Fund. It has two application cycles each year, with deadlines of February 15 and August 15. Specific guidelines for the Youth Leadership Fund can be found here.

Should you decide to apply to one of these specialized grant programs after reviewing the materials, please use the Application Links provided above to start an application or to return to your draft application.

Please feel free to call our staff at 313-961-6675 should you have any questions.