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How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in connecting with The Skillman Foundation. In a typical year, we make approximately 90-100 grants to support and strengthen K-12 education, afterschool, and college and career pathways for Detroit kids. Most frequently, we proactively invite applications from organizations. However, we are always interested in learning more about organizations working to support young people in Detroit. If your organization meets the funding requirements and carries out work aligned to the Foundation’s areas of impact, please contact us to explore potential funding opportunities. We are grateful that Detroit’s young people have so many powerful advocates working to offer them opportunities to thrive. There are more vital activities happening in Detroit than one foundation is able to fund. That said, we strive to be “greater than grants.” If we are not able to fund your work, we may know of other connections that may help the goals of your organization.

We are grateful that Detroit’s young people have so many powerful advocates working to offer them opportunities to thrive. There are more vital activities happening in Detroit than one foundation is able to fund. That said, we strive to be “greater than grants.” If we are not able to fund your work, we may know of other connections that may help the goals of your organization.

Our Process

Step 1: Complete the Opportunity Agenda Inquiry Form. A member of our team will respond within approximately two weeks.

Step 2: If our team would like to gather additional information about your proposal, we may request that you complete a pre-application. Pre-applications are completed in The Skillman Foundation’s Grants Portal and reviewed by the Program Team. When invited to complete a pre-application, you do not need to complete it in one sitting; you can save and return to your pre-application to complete it. Upon submitting, you will receive an email confirmation that your pre-application has been received.

Step 3: Next, you will hear from a Skillman Foundation team member within approximately two weeks. At that time, team members may request a lengthier application for further consideration. The Foundation reviews grant requests year-round. The timeline from inquiry to approval varies based on the nature of the request and other factors.

Questions? Contact us at grants@skillman.org or (313) 393-1185.