What We Fund
Recent grants are displayed below and can be sorted by funding area. Grant lists are updated quarterly.
The Skillman Foundation provides grant funding and other supports to organizations whose work advances an Opportunity Agenda for Detroit children in one of three Impact Areas: Education, Economy, or Equity.
Grant partners must:
- Be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and provide your tax id (EIN) number or be a government or public agency (city, county, state, public school district)
- Be a publicly supported charity as defined in Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code
- Have total revenues of at least $100,000 for your preceding fiscal year and be able to provide a copy of a current financial audit conducted by an independent certified public accountant
- In policy and practice, offer opportunity and service to all, regardless of age, race, creed, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation and ethnicity
The Foundation does not make grants to:
- For-profit institutions
- Endowments, building campaigns, or capital costs, including construction, renovation, or equipment
- Political campaigns, to support political activities or to lobby for or against particular pieces of legislation
- Award scholarships or provide tuition assistance
When to Apply
The Skillman Foundation reviews grant requests throughout the year. Grant approvals take place at Foundation board meetings in March, June, September, and December. Generally, it takes 2-3 months from inquiry to approval.
How to Apply
Grant application begins with a Stage I Application. This is reviewed by Foundation staff. Where appropriate, staff will request the grant seeker submit a more lengthy application for further consideration.
You can start the online application, save it, and return later to continue working on it. You will receive an email confirmation that we have received your Grant Inquiry and will generally hear back from us in 15 days.
Resources for Current Grant Partners
The Foundation is making ACH electronic grant payments. Download the Electronic Funds Transfer Authorization Form to complete and return to the Foundation for payment of your grant.
Grant reports are required for each grant and help the Foundation measure the impact of its grantmaking, aimed at improving the lives of Detroit children. A schedule of reporting can be found in the grant agreement letter as well as within the online grant portal.
Reports are submitted through the Foundation’s online grant portal. Download instructions to submit your grant report through the Foundation’s online system here.
Any changes to the grant agreement, including reporting deadlines, should be discussed with your program officer.
Each report includes answers to narrative online interactive questions and an expenditure report attachment showing how the grant funds were expended. Samples of the progress and final report questions are located below. Please do not submit these sample documents to the Foundation.
- Sample Progress Report Questions
- Sample Final Report Questions
Download the expenditure report template that you will need to attach to your report submitted through the online system.
Forgot your password? Email grants management if you forgot your login information or need to transfer your account to another staff person.
Publicizing Your Grant
We encourage organizations to share stories of their impact and our partnership. Here is some helpful information to assist in that effort.