Apply for a grant

grantmaking process

step 1: are you eligible to apply?

Begin by reading the information on our Grantseekers page and ensure that your organization and project fall completely in alignment with the Foundation's guidelines before beginning the application process. If you have questions, feel free to give us a call at 313.393.1185 to speak to a program officer. Or contact the Grants Manager with any questions or concerns as you proceed with the application process. The Foundation's program staff welcomes an opportunity to discuss your project.

step 2: get ready to apply.

The Foundation uses an online Grant Inquiry form. You will need to set up an account with a valid email address to enter your Grant Inquiry. Remember to write down your login information and password. An email will be automatically sent to that email address confirming your password and containing a new link to access any saved Grant Inquiry in your account.

As part of the Grant Inquiry, you'll be asked to provide, a Grant Inquiry Cover Letter, Narrative, and Budget Form and a recent audited financial statement. Before accessing the online Grant Inquiry, you can download the two forms below to work through and save to your local network. These are the official forms and must be submitted to the Foundation with your Grant Inquiry.

The maximum size of all file attachments together is 25 megabytes. Please note that attached documents can only be in one of the following four file types with the file extension (if applicable) showing below in parenthesis:

  • Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx)
  • Microsoft Excel spreadsheet (.xls or .xlsx)
  • Adobe Acrobat PDF file (.pdf)
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)

step 3: ready to apply

Once you've gathered information, documents and completed the Narrative and Budget forms, you're ready to apply. 

You will be prompted to enter your tax identification number. Click here if you do not know your organization's tax identification number.

You'll then take an eligibility quiz, and then upload the attachments stated in Step 2.

You must have all required attachments uploaded to submit your Grant Inquiry. You can start the online Grant Inquiry, save it, and return later to continue working on it. Please note, you cannot change your Grant Inquiry after submission. However, if your Grant Inquiry was submitted in error, or you do not want it to be considered in our next grant cycle, please promptly contact us via email at or telephone at (313) 393-1185.

You will receive an email confirmation that we have received your Grant Inquiry and will generally hear back from us in 15 days. Please do not mail a duplicate hard copy, any additional attachments, binders, books, CDs, DVDs, videotapes or audiotapes.

Your request will be assigned to a program officer for review. During the review process, you may be contacted to answer additional questions or to schedule a meeting or site visit.