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MEDF Grants

MEDF provides small grants to organizations that are working to improve the quality of life for Detroiters.  Applications are now accepted online or sent via traditional mail.  Materials must be postmarked by July 1, 2021.


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.

Applications can be submitted both on-line and mail. We strongly encourage submittals on-line.

Mail-in applications must be submitted (post-marked) by June 21, 2021 or submit online applications by July 1 at 11:59 pm.


March 22, 2021  Applications available on-line

July 1, 2021  Application Deadline

August 1, 2021  Winners notified


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

MEDF Grant Application

Mail the completed application to:

Minerva Education and Development Foundation

P.O. Box 21655
Detroit, MI 48221

Download Application Below:

Section 1: Organizational Information

Section 2: Contact Person for Grant Questions

Section 3: Project Information

Section 4: Narrative

Section 5: Attachments

Please upload the following documents in JPEG or PDF format:

  • 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

  • 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