CFSM Grants

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

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Next deadline: Aug 17, 2020 (Full proposal)

Later deadlines: Nov 15, 2020 (Full proposal), Feb 15, 2021 (Full proposal), May 15, 2021 (Full proposal)

Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $75,000

Fields of work: Art & Culture Environment Health & Medicine Human & Social Services

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Michigan: Livingston County, Macomb County, Monroe County, Oakland County, St. Clair County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in Michigan: Livingston County, Macomb County, Monroe County, Oakland County, St. Clair County Show all

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About this funder:



Note: The General Grant Application is now live for the two remaining application cycles of 2020. Our grants support a wide range of projects and organizations. As our potential partner, you simply need to read the General Grant Guidelines – Special 2020 Version, which have been temporarily redesigned to address challenges during COVID-19.

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan was established in 1984 for the betterment of the residents of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston counties.

To us, southeast Michigan is more than a geographic region — it’s the place we call home. Over the years, the Community Foundation has helped to create and fund numerous projects that improve the lives of those who live here. Our interest areas span from arts and culture, to the environment, to health and human services.

As we do our grantmaking, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is also committed to honoring the intentions of our many donors and creating solutions that make everlasting positive impacts.

As we find the community in a unique and difficult position due to COVID-19, our mission and focus remains the same. We want to provide flexible support to a wide range of organizations that meet the interests of our donors.

Our Priorities

For the remainder of 2020, grant applications should address nonprofit organizations’ unique needs due to COVID-19 Related Challenges. Applications can address plans to recover and restore organizational capacity and programs in innovative ways. While the Community Foundation supports a large range of organizations, we will prioritize applications in the following ways:

  • We want to support projects and ideas tied to a longer-term vision for an organization’s recovery and restoration
  • We serve a seven-county area and think about issues from a regional perspective. While we know that every grant we make will not touch all seven counties, we are particularly interested in organizations that serve a large portion of the region, and/or serve a unique niche within the region not served by others.
  • As COVID-19 continues to affect our community, we will prioritize support of organizations serving individuals, families and communities in crises.

Specifics of What We Fund

In this unique time, we are flexible in the types of line-items you include. You just need to help us understand why these items are a priority for your organization’s survival and innovation at this time.

For these COVID-related grants, we anticipate most grants will be for a 12-month period. If you want to expend the grant over a shorter or longer period because it is useful for your organization in leveraging funds or for other reasons, please list the grant length you want on your application. We can be flexible on the length of time a grant is expended over, though the grant amount will not change.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • There are some specific eligibility rules to keep in mind before you consider applying:
    • The Foundation will only make grants to federal 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations, government entities, school districts and universities.
    • Please note that for all of our competitive grant programs, we require that your organization have a certified financial audit.
      • Under some circumstances, we will accept a financial review, conducted by a CPA or other external financial professional. 
    • We will only grant to entities that have submitted all final reports that are due to the Foundation on previous grants they have received from us.
    • Finally, your organization must be headquartered in one of the seven counties that we serve, and must serve residents of our region.
      • Occasionally, grants to statewide or national organizations will be considered for activities in the region and particularly if a local partner is actively involved in the project.


  • While grants to religious organizations are considered, sectarian religious programs are not eligible. By this we mean that if we are to consider funding a program offered by a religious organization, we would only consider a program that is open to the wider community.
  • We do not make grants to individuals, or grants to cover deficits or other previously incurred obligations.
  • In general, we will not consider a new grant to an organization when they have an open competitive grant.