Grants and Endowments

To us, southeast Michigan is more than a geographic region — it’s the place we call home and that’s what drives both our grantmaking and agency endowment programs.


Over the years, the Community Foundation has helped to create and fund numerous projects that improve the lives of those who live here. Our interest areas span from arts and culture, to the environment, to health and human services.

We seek to make strategic investments in the community, and look to partner with nonprofit organizations to help create enduring solutions to complex problems. Effecting change requires both passion and measured thought, and we work hard to find proposals that encompass both.

As we do our grantmaking, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is also committed to honoring the intentions of our many donors and creating solutions that make everlasting positive impacts.

And above all else, we are keenly interested in what inspires you. We look forward to hearing your ideas for transforming our vision for a healthy and prosperous region into reality

How To Apply

Our grants support a wide range of projects and organizations. As our potential partner, you simply need to read the General Grantmaking Guidelines and then, if you think there is a potential fit, please call and talk to us. We value your time and do not want you to spend unnecessary hours and resources preparing a proposal unless there is a clear possibility of working together.

If, after you speak to a Program staff member, you decide to pursue an application, simply log into our Grant Portal.

When you call us, we will also advise you of any special grantmaking opportunities that have special application requirements. In most cases, we will advise you to simply apply to the Foundation.

Nonprofit Agency Endowments

The Community Foundation advocates endowment-building because this source of permanent capital helps organizations plan for a stable and secure future. Endowments are also a great way to generate general operating support funds for your organization.

More than 200 nonprofit organizations are already building endowments with us to benefit their organizations.

Their endowment funds provide these organizations with a reliable, ongoing source of financial support. We enhance their efforts by leveraging our expertise, systems and excellent financial management and oversight.

An endowed fund can help your organization in perpetuity.