DMC Foundation: Click HereTo Apply



The DMC Foundation is dedicated to promoting the well-being of people in the metropolitan Detroit area through the support of health-related research, education and community benefit activities.


Formerly known as the Health & Wellness Foundation, the DMC Foundation was created in 2010 to receive part of the charitable assets transferred from the Detroit Medical Center following its sale to Vanguard Health Systems, which became a part of Tenet Healthcare Corp. in October 2013.

In 2013, the DMC Foundation affiliated with the Community Foundation, to take advantage of its grantmaking and investment expertise. The Community Foundation has three decades of experience working with organizations and individuals to help them achieve their philanthropic goals. The Community Foundation is committed to supporting the work of the DMC Foundation to improve the well-being of people in metropolitan Detroit and to carry out the legacy of the many donors.


Recent projects supported by the DMC Foundation include:

VHS of Michigan Inc., Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital: $39,780 in support for Just For You, an education and empowerment program for women with cancer (August 2016)

Wayne State University School of Medicine: $99,984 in support for the expansion of Detroit Health Link for equity in cancer care to the Arab-American community (August 2016)

Ruth Ellis Center, Inc.: $50,000 in support for an integrated primary and behavioral health and wellness center for LGBTQ youth (August 2016)

A full list of DMC Foundation grants can be found here.


General Grantmaking Priorities

While our grants support a range of activities and organizations, we are particularly interested in projects that promote health, wellness or community vitality by:

  • Supporting health and medical research, education, and community benefit activities relating to health outcomes
  • Facilitating the provision of medical, health care and disease-prevention services
  • Improving health in our community
  • Leveraging public and private resources

Emphasis is given to programs and projects benefiting individuals and families located in the metropolitan Detroit area.

Support for medical research will focus on activities that augment currently funded research that has been vetted through a competitive public, national or appropriate scientific juried process.

Low priority is given to requests for ongoing operational costs or other one-time activities.

Applying to the DMC Foundation

Step 1: Review the Grantmaking Guidelines

The DMC Foundation funds two types of grants: Health Education and Community Benefit grants and Medical Research grants. If you are thinking about applying, please review the grantmaking guidelines below and call us at 313.961.6675 to discuss your proposed program. This phone call is important. We value your time and do not want you to devote resources to preparing a proposal unless there is a clear possibility of working together.

Health Education and Community Benefit Grant Guidelines

Medical Research Grant Guidelines


The Foundation will make grants to 501(c)(3) organizations, government entities, school districts and universities. We do not make grants to individuals, fundraising drives or events, conferences, sectarian religious programs, or to cover deficits or previously incurred obligations.

Deadlines – Health Education and Community Benefit Grants

The DMC Foundation reviews Health Education and Community Benefit grant applications quarterly. Please submit your proposals by:

  • November 15 for consideration at February Board meeting
  • February 15 for May Board meeting
  • May 15 for August Board meeting and
  • August 15 for November Board meeting

Deadlines – Medical Research Grants

Proposals for Medical Research Grants are considered at May and November Board meetings. Please submit your proposals by:

  • February 15 for consideration at the May Board meeting
  • August 15 for November Board meeting

Proposal Format

The grant guidelines contain a checklist of items you should include in a proposal. We prefer that you determine your own proposal format, as we want you to address issues specific to your proposed project. Every proposal should:

  • provide the rationale for the proposed project
  • state why the project is important and
  • explain how the project will be sustained in the long run

Letter of Review Requirement

Grants can be made to support charitable activities at Detroit Medical Center (Tenet Healthcare) facilities that fulfill the charitable mission of the DMC Foundation and comply with tax and other laws relating to grants to such organizations.

If a proposed grant would result in providing compensation, education or training, travel (including conferences), or other financial gain to a Detroit Medical Center (Tenet Healthcare) physician, staff member or employee, the grant application must be accompanied by a letter of review from the legal department of VHS of Michigan. This letter of review indicates that if the proposal is funded by the DMC Foundation, such funding will not result in violating laws regarding improper staff compensation. The inclusion of the Letter of Review does not guarantee that the application will be approved by the DMC Foundation. All grant decisions are at the sole discretion of the DMC Foundation. Tenet Healthcare exercises no influence over the grant application approval process or the governance of the DMC Foundation. Any such grant application that does not include this Letter of Review from VHS of Michigan will be declined.

Applicants needing this Letter of Review may contact:
Legal Department—DMC Grants
VHS of Michigan, Inc. d/b/a Detroit Medical Center
20 Burton Hills Blvd., Suite 100
Nashville, TN 37215
Fax: 615.665.6197 Phone: 615.665.6240

Step 2: Start an Application

Once you’ve reviewed our application checklist and spoken with Ruth, it’s time to start your grant application.

Start an Application

Step 3: Finish Your Application

You can return to your application at any time via the link below.

Return to Your Draft Application


The DMC Foundation is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors:

Lorna L. Thomas, M.D.

Michael T. Monahan, President, Monahan Enterprises LLC

Mariam C. Noland, President, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Robin D. Ferriby, Vice President, Philanthropic Services, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Rosemary Gilchrist, Chief Operating Officer, Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C.

Allan D. Gilmour, President Emeritus, Wayne State University

Henry M. Grix, Attorney, Dickinson Wright PLLC

George G. Johnson, Managing Director, George Johnson and Company

Robert P. Lisak, M.D., FAAN, FRCP, Professor of Neurology, Immunology and Microbiology, Wayne State University School of Medicine

James B. Nicholson, President and CEO, PVS Chemicals Inc. and
Chair, Board of Trustees, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Arthur T. O’Reilly, Partner, Jones Day

William F. Pickard, Chairman and CEO, Global Automotive Alliance

Pamela E. Rodgers, President, Rodgers Chevrolet Inc.

Mary Stephens Ferris, Civic Leader

Rhonda D. Welburn, Member


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Melissa Smiley

Special Assistant to the President and Strategy Officer

313.961.6675, ext. 103

Contact Melissa if you have questions about the DMC Foundation.