Grant Information

Grant Making Policy and Procedures

Catholic Community Foundation of Mid-Michigan Grant Making Policy and Procedures

The Catholic Community Foundation of Mid-Michigan (the “Foundation”) was incorporated in 2006 for the purpose of advancing the outreach of the Church in central Michigan. By supporting individual parishes, Catholic institutions and Diocesan ministries, the Foundation is able to help the Church better serve the needs of its parishioners. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is governed by an independent board of trustees.

Most of the funds of the Foundation are “restricted” endowments, with distributions designated by donors to specific ministries or organizations. The Foundation’s endowments support parishes and individuals across the Saginaw Diocese by providing ongoing funding for religious education, priest retirement, seminarian education, cemeteries, faith formation, and other ministries.

The Foundation has a modest amount of grant money available for distribution. The following policies and procedures have been adopted in managing grant distributions.

  • All grant requests and distributions require the review and approval of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation. The Grants Committee shall assist the Board of Trustees by: 1. administering the grant procedures; 2. reviewing the qualifications of applicants; 3. researching grant requests to ensure they further the mission and goals of the Foundation; and 4. making grant recommendations to the Board of Trustees. The Grants Committee will first enlist the advice and assistance from the Diocese of Saginaw Office of Christian Services and other Diocesan offices as necessary to match available CCFMM distributions with needs in the Saginaw Diocese. Should available funds go unused, the Grants Committee may solicit and advertise available funds. Unused distributions can be held until appropriate uses are determined.
  • Requests shall be limited to those that will better serve the spiritual, educational, health and social needs of the people served by the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw, or otherwise further the mission and goals of the Foundation and the Church.
  • Grants shall not be made to individuals, but rather to ministry programs, charitable projects or institutions that are qualified under 501(c)(3) or a similar provision of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Preference will be given to one-time gifts to help initiate new programming, and to programming that is Diocesan-wide in its nature and impact versus programming that is parish-specific.

  1. Requests shall be submitted on the form – “Application for Financial Support” – available from the Foundation. The form should be signed by the highest ranking officer of the grant-seeking institution as well as by its board chair.
  2. The application is to be submitted to the Executive Director, Catholic Community Foundation of Mid-Michigan, P.O. Box 6883, Saginaw, MI 48608-6883.
  3. The Grant Committee shall review the application(s), may request additional information from the grant-seeking institution, and shall recommend acceptance, rejection or change of request to the Board of Trustees.
  4. The Executive Director, Grant Committee, or other members of the Board of Trustees may request an interview(s) of the appropriate representatives of the project or requesting organization during the review process.
  5. A list of the organization’s board members or other governing body and an annual operating budget shall accompany each request.
  6. The Board of Trustees will review and act upon grant applications and the recommendations of the Grants Committee.
  7. The Executive Director or an officer of the Foundation shall inform the project director of the acceptance or rejection of the grant request.
  8. Monies for approved applications will be disbursed by the Foundation following a review to ensure funds are sourced from an appropriate Foundation account(s).
  9. Within 60 days of the end of completed projects, or no less than annually for ongoing projects, a written report outlining the use of the distributed funds shall be forwarded to the Executive Director.
  10. Funds approved and distributed for projects, but unused, shall be returned to the Foundation.
  11. The Foundation should be notified by the recipient organization and given the opportunity to be, or not be, included in any promotional materials or press releases related to the program funded in whole or in part by the Foundation.

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Stewardship Quotes

1 Timothy 6:7-10 – For we brought nothing into this world, just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it. If we have food and clothing, we shall be content with that. Those who want to be rich are falling into temptation and into a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all evils, and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faith and have perceived themselves with many pains.”

Author Unknown – A man’s true wealth is the good he does in this world.

Author Unknown – Forgive me God, for worrying about my needs when you have promised to provide for all.

Blue, Ron, Christian Financial Planner – Charitable giving should be a spiritual, rather than an economic decision. Economically, charitable giving never pays.

Carnegie, Andrew – Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer for the good of the community.

Carnegie, Andrew – Wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound throughout life to administer for the good of the community.

Chopra, Deepak – Anything that is of value in life only multiplies when it is given.

Colonel Sanders, Founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken – There’s no reason to be the richest man in the cemetery.

Dobrin, Arthur – Whatever good there is in the world I inherit from the courage and work of those who went before me. I, in turn, have a responsibility to make things better for those who will inherit the world from me.

Durkee, J. Stanley – When the great finals come, each one of us will be asked five questions: First: What did you accomplish in the world with the power God gave you? Second: How did you help your neighbor and what did you do for those in need? Third: What did you do to serve God? Fourth: What did you leave in the world that was worthwhile when you came from it? Last: What did you bring into this new world which will be of use here?

Eckhart, Meister – If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.

Einstein, Albert – A hundred times each day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the measure I have received and am still receiving.

Elliot, George – We make a living from what we get. We make a life from what we give. What we have done for ourselves dies with us. What we have done for others and for the world is immortal.

Forbes, B.C. – The be-all and end-all of life should not be to get rich, but to enrich the world.

Graham, Billy – If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area of his life.

Hebrews 13:16 – Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have; God is pleased by sacrifices of that kind.

Henry, Matthew – It ought to be the business of every day to prepare for our last day.

Hope, Bob – If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.

James 2:15-17 – If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,’ but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

King, Dr. Martin Luther, Jr. – I give my first hour of the day to God and God gives me all the rest.

Kraft, James (1874-1953) Kraft Cheese Corporation – The only investment I ever made which has paid increasing dividends is the money I have given to the Lord.

Lewis, C.S. – I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot because our charitable expenditures exclude them.

Luke 12:16-21 Parable of the Rich Fool
Then he told them a parable. There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. He asked himself, ‘What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?’ And he said, ‘This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!” But God said to him, “You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’ Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.”

Luke 12:48 – Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.

MacDonald, Gordon – One of the greatest missing teachings in the American Church today is the reminder to men and women that nothing we have belongs to us.

Mann, Horace – Generosity during life is a very different thing from generosity in the hour of death; one proceeds from genuine liberality and benevolence, the other from pride or fear.

March, Peyton Conway – There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life – happiness, freedom, and peace of mind – are always attained by giving them to someone else.

Mark 10:17-21 The Rich Young Man

Mark 12:41-44 The Widow’s Mite
Jesus sat opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, “Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.

Matthew 6:19-21 Treasure in Heaven
Do not store up for yourself treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroy, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

Matthew 6:24 God and Money
No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

Matthew 25:35-36 – For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.

Matthew 25:40 – ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’

Mother Teresa – At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made or how many great things we have done. We will be judged by “I was hungry and you gave me to eat. I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless and you took me in. Hungry not only for bread, but hungry for love; naked not only for clothing, but naked for human dignity and respect; homeless not only for want of a room of bricks, but homeless because of rejection.” This is Christ in distressing disguise.

Mother Teresa – I fear just one thing: money! Greed, the love of money, was what motivated Judas to sell Jesus.

Mother Teresa – Whoever is dependent on his or her money or worries about it, is truly a poor person. If that person places his or her money at the service of others, then that person becomes very rich, very rich indeed.

Penn, William – I expect to pass through life but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do for my fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.

Penney, James Cash – founder of the J.C. Penney stores – How can we expect our children to know and experience the joy of giving unless we teach them that the greater pleasure in life lies in the art of giving rather than receiving?

Psalm 24:1 – The earth is the Lord’s and all that it holds, the world and those who live there.

Quote from a 62 year old: “I’ve learned that beyond a certain comfortable style of living, the more material things you have, the less freedom you have.”

Romans 14:12 – So then each of us shall give an account of himself to God.

Solle, Dorothee – If my hands are fully occupied in holding on to something, I can neither give nor receive.

St. Francis of Assisi – Remember when you leave this earth, you take nothing that you have received – only what you have given: a heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice, and courage.

St. Francis of Assisi – For it is in giving that we receive.

St. Thomas Aquinas – Man should not consider his material possessions his own, but common to all, so as to share them without hesitation when others are in need.

U.S. Postage Stamp – Giving and Sharing – An American Tradition

Ward, William Arthur (American Educator) – Each one of us will one day be judged by our standard of life, not by our standard of living; by our message of giving – not by our measure of wealth; by our simple goodness – not by our seeming greatness.

Ward, William Arthur – Giving is more than responsibility – it is a privilege; more than an act of obedience – it’s evidence of our faith.

Yancey, Philip – Author – Will I serve God or Mammon? God will never make that decision for me; it is mine alone.