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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. Please see deadlines below.


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
  • a maximum organizational operating budget of $500, 000 or program 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 [email protected].


Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Information Session from 6p – 7p via Zoom

Meeting ID: 874 6020 1712
Passcode: 275972

April 1, 2024
Grants Application Deadline

May 15, 2024
Grant Award Notifications and Announcement

Grants Informational Meeting Recording

This is a link to the recording of our Grants Informational Meeting held on February 28, 2024. Feel free to view the recording for guidance regarding applying to the MEDF Grants!

Section 1: Organizational Information

Section 2: Contact Person for Grant Questions

Section 3: Project Information

Section 4: Narrative

Section 5: Attachments

Please combine ALL required attachments into one PDF file before you upload. (. (Note: This site will help you combine all your attachments into ONE file for uploading (Merge PDFs online for free | Adobe Acrobat). If you have questions, please contact [email protected]

  • 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


  • Child’s Play Foundation
  • Journey to Healing
  • My Sistah’s Pink Journey


  • Calebs Kids
  • Healthy Kidz Inc.
  • The CASOE Group, Inc./Creative Arts Spirit of Excellence
  • Mercy Education Project
  • The Visionary Center


  • 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