Detroit Journalism Engagement Fund Grant Application

Applying for Grants

While we do not have a set grant range, applicants should be aware that the larger the amount requested, the more competitive the application will need to be. Applicants should base the amount requested on the scope of the project.

Who May Apply

  • Applicants must either be 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations or have a strong nonprofit fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) tax exemption status that will serve as the applicant.
  • Media-specific organizations or community organizations that are proposing to collaborate with a media-specific organization
  • Organizations located in and/or serve southeast Michigan, with a preference toward a focus on Detroit
  • Current DJEF grantees are eligible to apply, if it is for the next phase of their current projects. Applications must outline how the proposed plan ties in with the larger sustainability strategy for the organization, such as growth in earned revenue, requesting a matching fund requirement, or other strategy.
  • See Grantmaking Guidelines below for more details.


  • June 1, 2023: Application opens
  • June 26: Deadline to register in online grant system, if you are not already registered.
  • July 7: Application deadline
  • August 2023: Grant decisions and award information will be made and shared with applicants.
  • September 2023: Awards will be publicly announced.

How To Apply

STEP One: Read the Grantmaking Guidelines and Application Checklist

Please review the Grantmaking Guidelines and application checklist to learn the key facts, and to get answers to our more frequently asked questions.

After reviewing these guidelines, potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Harmony Rhodes to discuss a proposed project before submitting a proposal.

Step Two: Register for Access to our Online Grants Portal

If you do not already have access to our Fluxx Portal, you should register right away. Registration grants an individual access to our portal and links them to an organization’s existing account, or creates an account if one does not already exist. Once your registration has been submitted, please allow up to 5 business days for it to be approved. If you have any questions on registering, feel free to contact our Grants Manager.

Please note CFSEM no longer supports shared accounts for an organization. Each individual who accesses our Fluxx portal should be doing so with their own individual profile and their own personal email address. We do not suggest using a shared email address for Fluxx profiles, especially in cases for signatories on grants. This allows us to ensure the security of our portal as well as allows us to communicate effectively during our grants management processes.

Step Three: Start your application.

If you have any questions about a potential application, feel free to call us and ask to speak to Harmony Rhodes. But if you do not, simply log into our grant portal and start an application.

The Application is Closed

Questions? Feel free to contact

Harmony Rhodes

Program Officer

Contact Harmony