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Apply For MEDF Grants

MEDF provides small grants to organizations that are working to improve the quality of life for Detroiters. Applications are only accepted ONLINE. New this year: we will have TWO grant rounds. Please see deadlines below.

Round 1 grants must be submitted by April 8, 2022 (for project work that will be completed in Spring and Summer). Round 2 grants must be submitted by September 1, 2022 (for projects that will be completed in the Fall or Winter).


The purpose of MEDF’s grantmaking program is to provide small grants to organization’s working to improve the quality of life for Detroiters.  We invite applications for programs/projects addressing the following focus areas education, youth development, the Arts, political awareness, health, environment, justice and others areas addressing the social well-being of Detroiters.

Grants will not be considered for capital projects, operational costs, equipment purchases, etc.


Organizations must meet the following criteria:

  • be a 501c3
  • in operation for at least 1 year
  • have a maximum operating budget of $150,000
  • headquartered in the city of Detroit
  • have programming/projects that are based, serve and benefit the residents of the City of Detroit

If you have any questions regarding the grant process or required materials, please email


Round 1:

April 8, 2022 – Applications due

April 29, 2022 – Winners Notified

Round 2:

September 1, 2022 – Applications due

September 30, 2022 – Winners notified

Grants Informational Meeting Recording

This is a link to the recording of our Grants Informational Meeting held on February 23, 2022. Feel free to view the recording to get tips for applying to the MEDF Grants program!

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Section 1: Organizational Information

Section 2: Contact Person for Grant Questions

Section 3: Project Information

Section 4: Narrative

Section 5: Attachments

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  • Profit & Loss Statement
  • Form 990 (indicates they are paying taxes)
  • Program/Project Budget
  • Annual Organizational Operating Budget
  • Michigan Certificate of Good Standing
  • List of Board Members and Organization’s Senior Management
  • Copy of IRS Determination Letter indicating 501c3
  • A copy of any additional material you would like to share about your organization (brochures, media, print articles, etc.) (optional)

Section 6: Verification

My typed signature below represents that I have been given authority by my organization’s Board of Directors/Trustees (or other governing body) to submit this grant application to MEDF.  If we are selected to receive a grant, I will agree to submit a final grant report at the culmination of this project/program.

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Past Recipients


  • Helping Operations for People Empowerment (HOPE)
  • Detroit Hives
  • Community Service Development Corp
  • Jars Full of Joy
  • Detroit Heals Detroit, Inc.


  • Developing Kingdoms in Difference Stages dba Developing K.I.D.S
  • Focus: HOPE
  • Mercy Education Project


  • The Yunion
  •  Detroit Hives
  •  Working Out with Lazet Foundation
  •  Big Brother Big Sisters
  •  SDM2: Project Education
  •  JustSpeak
  •  Virtual Dialysis Support Center
  •  Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


  • My Sistah’s Journey
  • Howard University Escape to The Capstone
  • SDM2 Project Education
  • Brown Girls Read
  • Central Detroit Christian Community Development Association
  • Detroit Food Academy
  • Michigan Community Resources
  •  Freedom House Detroit
  • Detroit Phoenix Center