To be Eligible for Consideration, Applicant Organization Must:

Be a nonprofit with 501(c)(3) federal tax exemption

Have audited financial statements

Have a demonstrated programmatic and financial track record

Be located or provide services in the City of Detroit or in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties

Not have a current, active grant with the Fund.

Programs Seeking Funding Must:

Align with the Fund’s Grantmaking Priorities

Serve adults and/or teens living in poverty

The Fund Generally Does Not Support:

Start-up organizations
Special events
Film or video projects
Disease-specific organizations and their local affiliates
Requests under $25,000

Grantmaking Guidelines

Grant Phases


  • If the organization and program idea appear to meet the guidelines, applicant submits an online General Inquiry Form.
  • Fund staff reviews the General Inquiry Form, along with the applicant’s website and other available information. (This step takes a minimum of three weeks due to volume of inquiries received.)
  • If the organization or program idea does not meet the guidelines, staff will inform applicant via email that the Fund is unable to consider a grant and offer an explanation why.
  • If the organization and program idea generally do meet the guidelines, staff advances the inquiry to Phase 2: Grant Pre-Development.


  • Fund staff initiates a conversation with the applicant to learn about the organization and the program idea. The conversation will occur over a period of time and will include back and forth emails, phone calls, and/or meetings. The more complex the organization and its idea, the longer the conversation may take.
  • During this phase, staff is particularly interested in learning about:
    • The financial, management, strategic and programmatic capacity of the organization.
    • The feasibility of the idea, who benefits, expected results, budget, funds being raised, implications for the field, and what can be learned.
  • Staff will rely on the conversation to determine whether the applicant and their idea could successfully meet the Fund’s due diligence standards.
    • If not, staff will discourage a grant application and offer feedback or suggestions.
    • If so, staff will encourage the applicant to begin Phase 3: Grant Development.

Grant Development

  • The McGregor Fund has an online application platform. Applications are not accepted via email or in hard-copy form. The online application is not currently open to organizations that have not moved through Phases 1 and 2.
  • Staff will send applicant specific instructions on how to access the online application.
  • Staff and applicant will discuss timing for the application submission and review.
  • Applicants are encouraged to engage Fund staff during grant application development, in order to maximize their application’s chances of success.
  • After application submission, staff will confirm that the application template and attachments were received.
  • Within one to two weeks, staff will send applicant an official acknowledgement letter indicating that the application is complete or requesting missing information.

Grant Review
& Decision

  • Applications typically take up to three months for staff review.
  • Applicants may be asked to answer specific questions and provide additional information during the course of the review.
  • All grant decisions are the responsibility of the Board of Trustees.  Board meetings are held four times per year, generally in March, June, September and December.
  • Applicants will be notified of the Board’s decision by phone or email within a week after the meeting at which the application was considered. An award letter and contract will be emailed to the grantee organization’s CEO for electronic review and signature required to release initial payment. Checks for the award will be mailed to the 501(c)3 grantee or fiscal sponsor according to the payment date listed in the grant contract.

Grant Reporting

  • Grant reports offer both grantees and the Fund an opportunity to reflect on the work’s progression. Because of this, we will typically not consider future grant requests until final reports on previous grants have been submitted which closes the active grant.
  • The timeline for grant report submissions is determined during the staff review process and is noted in the grant award letter and contract.
  • Grant reports are submitted electronically, on the same platform as the application submission. They include a variety of outcome tabulations, narrative questions and a financial statement of fund expenditures.
  • Grantees will receive confirmation of report submissions.
  • As staff reviews the report, they may request additional information, ask follow-up questions and/or initiate conversations with grantees to deepen their understanding of the work.

For questions about the grant process or guidelines, contact or 313.963.3495.