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.

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.