The Detroit Public Schools Foundation (Foundation) is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to creating and enhancing educational opportunities for Detroit Public Schools (DPS) students.

The Foundation welcomes requests from current and former DPS entities (including DPS-chartered schools and the Educational Achievement Authority) and 501(c)(3) organizations. Awards are granted directly to DPS staff, schools, departments, offices and not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organizations that provide programs supporting DPS.

The Foundation supports staff, and students and their families in areas such as early childhood education and literacy, science/technology/engineering/math (STEM), fine and performing arts, career pathways, and out-of-classroom experiences linked to academic outcomes.

Click on the “Download Grant Application Procedure” link below for DPS Foundation grant application instructions.

Application Procedure

To be considered for a grant from the Foundation, an applicant must comply with the following grant application procedure, which involves two steps.

Applicants must be one of the following:
• DPS or EAA school
• DPS departments and offices
• DPS staff
• 501(c)(3) organizations that provide programs supporting DPS students and schools


The applicant must complete and submit a proposal to the Foundation on or before the cycle deadline, using the appropriate Grant Proposal Application. If the Foundation awards a grant to the applicant, the applicant shall be required to enter into a grant agreement with the Foundation setting out the terms and conditions of the grant, including reporting requirements.

The Grant Proposal Application and related documents should be submitted to the Foundation by email as an attachment to In the subject line of the email please write DPSF Grant Application– Cycle 1, 2 or 3 (please use corresponding cycle). The Foundation will not consider a Grant Proposal Application that is not submitted by email.


1. The Foundation gives priority to grant applications for programs in the following areas:
a) Early Childhood Education and Literacy
b) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
c) Fine and Performing Arts
d) Career Pathways (career exploration and workforce readiness)
e) Out-of-Classroom Experiences (field trips, professional development, community and parental engagement)

2. Priority is given to grant applications for programs that are “intensive”, i.e. that involve multiple concentrated and focused learning opportunities and that have a lasting impact on students, rather than “exposure” programs that might serve a large number of students but have little or no lasting impact.

3. The Foundation seeks opportunities to use its grant funds to leverage support from other sources. Therefore, the Foundation gives priority to applications that intend to use the Foundation’s grant funds as matching or leveraged support.

4. The Foundation will not consider an application for a grant under $1,000.

Grant Proposal Form (Fillable)

If the Foundation awards you a grant, you will be asked to evaluate the funded program after its completion and submit the evaluation to the Foundation. The submission deadline is 30 days after completion of the program unless the Foundation specifies an earlier submission date. Failure to timely submit the evaluation will affect consideration of future funding for you. Click on the link below to review the Final Report Form (formerly the Post-Grant Self-Evaluation Form) so that you are aware of the aspects of your program that the Foundation will want you to evaluate. Do not submit the Final Report Form until after completion of your program.

Final Report Fillable