Application Guidelines

When to Submit an Application

After reviewing our program areas and application guidelines, we encourage you to contact us to determine potential fit before submitting a Letter of Inquiry.

A Letter of Inquiry can be submitted at any time. The Foundation will typically notify you within four to six weeks if we are able to invite a Full Proposal. Grants are generally approved at Foundation board meetings in January, April, July, and October.

Please note that Letters of Inquiry are currently being accepted for all program areas except for Health Research. 

Who may apply?
  • Organizations who file under the U.S.501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Organizations located in Southeast Michigan and Metropolitan Denver (City and County of Denver), and the Aspen-Parachute Corridor, Colorado with the exception of medical research requests, which will be accepted on a nation-wide basis.
Those who apply need to:
  • Have a current financial audit or review conducted by an independent certified public accountant.
  • Have support for the request from the organization’s President and/or CEO.
  • In policy and practice not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status.

 

We offer 2 types of support:
  • Project
  • Capital

 

Programs we do not support:

Support is generally not provided directly to individuals or units of government, for religious activities (faith-based organizations may be eligible if they welcome and serve all members of the community regardless of religious belief), fundraising events, conferences or symposiums, debt/deficit relief or previously incurred obligations, or programs operated to benefit for-profit organizations.