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MEDF Grants

Funding Process

The Minerva Education and Development Foundation (MEDF) provides grants to IRS 501(c)(3) organizations and other non-profit organizations that seek funding for charitable programs. All grant applications must be submitted in writing to the Chair of the MEDF Grant Committee. The MEDF Grant Committee consists of at least five (5) members of the MEDF Board of Trustees. The Grant Committee reviews all grant requests and submits its recommendations to the Board of Trustees. A majority vote of the Board of Trustees is required to approve all grant awards.

Timeline (on an annual basis):

April/May  Pre-Application Webinar/Teleconference
May – June  Application Period (both written and video)

 Note: If mailing, applications must be postmarked by July 1st.

July  Trustee review of applications
August   Interviews/Voting
September  Notify and announce grantee recipients
October  Grants Awarded/Checks Sent (Note: depending on project start date, we will  cut checks in July or January of the following year)

Funding Guidelines


  • MEDF’s Grant Program will be focused in 2 primary areas: Education and Economic Development.
  • Under the Education theme, we will invite applications that focus in the areas of Health, Environment, Women, Children, Political Awareness, and the Arts.
  • Under the Economic Development theme, we will invite applications that focus on promoting individual, organizational and community efforts to increase the economic and social well-being of people.
  • All projects must be based, serve and benefit the residents of City of Detroit.
  • All organizations must be located/headquartered in the City of Detroit.

Organizational Requirements:

  • The organization must be a 501c3.
  • Been in operation for at least 1 year or more.
  • Organizations can only receive awards up to 2 consecutive years.
  • Organizations should have a maximum operating budget of $100,000.
  • Grants range from $250 to a max of $3,000 per project.


  • If you are a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Detroit Alumnae, a relative, or close family member of a MEDF Trustee, we request that you disclose this relationship. A conflict of interest statement must be completed, along with the general application materials.

MEDF Grant Application

The MEDF Grant Application consists of the following:
•    Grant Application Cover Sheet
•    Grant Application Narrative
•    Grant Budget

To receive an application by mail, send your request to:

Minerva Education and Development Foundation

P.O. Box 21655
Detroit, MI 48221

Download Application Below:

Past Recipients

  • Alternatives for Girls
  • American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life
  • Avenue D Boys Choir
  • Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
  • Black United Fund
  • Delta Manor, Inc.
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Detroit Alumnae Chapter
  • Detroit Windsor Dance Academy
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
  • Ennis Center for Children
  • Federation of Youth Services
  • Flower Girl Production Company
  • Gateway to West Africa
  • Sickle Cell Disease Association of America – Michigan Chapter
  • Southwest Detroit Community Recreation League
  • Sphinx Organization
  • Think Detroit PAL
  • Transition of Prisoners
  • United Negro College Fund
  • Wayne State University School of Business BizTech Summer Camp
  • Wayne State University Journalism Institute for Media Diversity
  • Wayne State University School of Nursing
  • YouthVille Detroit
  • YWCA of Metropolitan Detroit
  • Highland Park Public Library
  • Hope United Methodist Church
  • L.I.F.T. Women’s Resource Center
  • Mariner’s Inn
  • Marygrove College’s Contemporary Artist Program
  • Michigan’s Finest GirlsMichigan Women’s Foundation
  • New Creations Community Outreach (CHAMPS)
  • Oak Grove AME Church Afterschool Program
  • People’s IALAC Community Center
  • Public Art Workz
  • Serenity Services