Grant Partners

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 that expand opportunity for Detroit children and help them achieve their highest aspirations through K-12 public education, after-school learning opportunities, and pathways to college and career. Please review our impact areas to learn more about the work we fund.

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:

  • Individuals
  • 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, the process takes 2-3 months from inquiry to approval.

How to Apply

Grant seekers can begin by contacting a member of the program team. Program officers and the issue areas they work on can be found here.

Grant application begins with a pre-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 pre-application and will generally hear back from us in 15 days.

Questions? Contact us at or (313) 393-1185.

Resources for Current Grant Partners

Grant Payments

The Foundation is making ACH electronic grant payments. If your request is approved, you will receive an email with additional information on how to receive payment.

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.

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 showing how the grant funds were expended.

Forgot your password? Email grants management if you forgot your login information or need to transfer your account to another staff person.

Fluxx Grantseeker

The Foundation uses Fluxx to manage grants and grant applications. Watch a webinar on Fluxx Grantseeker below, and read the Fluxx Grantseeker FAQ to learn more about the platform and how to use it.

Fluxx Grantseeker 101: Easily Track Grants & Show Impact

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Wayne-Metropolitan Community Action Agency

The purpose of the project is to provide a platform and support tailored to the needs of youth ages 13-24 to develop, refine and exercise their leadership abilities. Pre-Covid Detroit in transition lacked the voice and input of youth in planning its "comeback". The impact and consequences of the changes in the city were invariably impacting the trajectory of young peoples education, opportunity and quality of life. Remaining outside the planning and decision making circles approximates a civic death and perpetuates self sabotaging behavior and hopelessness. Opportunity Youth, living at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities and conditions experience hopelessness and marginalization more profoundly and have fewer opportunities to center their needs among peers, parents, educators, lawmakers and other decision makers. The Covid-19 pandemic and post Covid-19 environment offers both increased likelihood to further marginalize opportunity youth while also providing a once in a generation chance to expand voices, needs of the most vulnerable. Invisibility, at the very least is less likely with the proper support. This project places the small grant platform and related supports in service to provide resources for youth to design projects to consider, promote and advocate for their needs and hopes in ways that are relevant to them. We hope to feature an application process with a variety of application options to appeal to a variety of abilities and strengths. Options will include video, audio, challenge, written and interview application options. We hope to properly equip adult supporters with the capacity to support youth effectively as the owners and decision makers of the project. Adult supporters will be supported in best practices via coaching by seasoned grassroots youth workers. Applications will be evaluated in a forum familiar with youth development and needs. Grantmakers will include educators, youth and grassroots youth leaders. We hope will target youth living at the intersections of multiple marginalized identities and conditions. We will partner with and outreach to organizations serving opportunity youth to reach opportunity youth and support during the project. We hope youth will reach their intended audience which may include adults, educators, decision makers, etc. Technical assistance and capacity building with adult supporters in expected to assist youth with designing activities to reach their targeted audience