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


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



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

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

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