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:

Dr. Gary Burnstein Community Health Clicnk: $35,000 to support implementation of a clinic -wide electronic health record system.

Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan: $50,000 in support for PROGRESS Toward Wellness, a phone-based epilepsy self-management program for adults.

National Kidney Foundation of Michigan Inc.: $38,610 in support for Taking a PATH for healthy living after cancer, a health promotion program for cancer survivors and their caregivers.

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


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:

Sarah Wedepohl

Senior Program Officer

313.961.6675, ext. 136