Ronald McDonald House of Detroit

Grant Application

How to Apply

Ronald McDonald House Charities provides grants to nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations whose global programs help improve the health and well being of children under 18. RMHC of SE Michigan will be reviewing reviewing Grant requests each quarter of each year.


Responsibility of Grant Recipients

The recipient of any grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities must use funding provided for the specific purpose of the original stated intent. RMHC requires detailed accounting of all funds awarded as part of the follow-up report that is required to be submitted one year after receipt of the grant. It is understood that any funds not used in the manner specified in the letter of agreement must be returned to RMHC. A revision in use of funds must be requested in writing to RMHC and requires prior written approval. Supporting materials sent as part of your grant application cannot be returned. Please do not submit any materials of which you do not have a copy.

Step One: Determine Eligibility



To be considered for funding, an applicant must be designated a not-for-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization. U.S. charities must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status letter on file with the Internal Revenue Service.

The RMHC of SE Michigan Grant Committee is most interested in tri-county area organizations that have a specific program related to children’s health and well being.

Organizations seeking funding should have a specific program that:

  • Directly improves the health and well being of children
  • Addresses a significant funding gap or critical opportunity
  • Has long-term impact in terms of replication or reach
  • Produces measurable results
  • Is sustainable without relying on RMHC funding

Organizations seeking funding should have:

  • A broad base of funding support
  • Management and staff capacity to effectively execute the project
  • A longer-term organizational strategic plan (evidence to ensure program and organization sustainability)
  • A clear, concise plan for project evaluation with outcome measurement that shows potential for meaningful change

Ronald McDonald House Charities does not award grants:

  • To support general, operating or administrative expenses (including salaries, travel and overhead).
  • For projects/programs that do not benefit children under 18
  • To reduce debt
  • For annual fund appeals
  • For medical research
  • For for-profit organizations
  • For fundraising sponsorships
  • For programs/projects administered by activist groups
  • For projects that have already been completed
  • For sectarian or religious purposes
  • For scholarships and fellowships to individuals
  • To propagandize or influence elections or legislation
  • For advertising or fundraising drives
  • To intermediary funding agencies
  • For endowment campaigns
  • For individuals

Step Two: Fill Out Online Application 



RMHC Board Review

The RMHC of SE Michigan reviews all applications from eligible organizations. After reviewing applications, the RMHC staff and management grant review committee will invite organizations whose objectives most closely match the mission of RMHC to submit a formal grant proposal. You will be notified of the grant review committee’s decision within 30 days of their meeting.

Step Three: Formal RMHC Board Review Process



Acknowledgment of Receipt

RMHC will acknowledge receipt of your completed formal grant application. Any correspondence, questions or additional information will be conducted through an RMHC staff member throughout the grant review process.

Committee Review

The Grant Committee must receive the application for review 90 days prior to the Grant Committee meeting.

Committee Decision

All Board decisions are reported by mail, within three weeks following the Grant Committee meeting.

Board Approval

If your proposal is approved, you will receive a letter of agreement outlining the terms and conditions of the grant.
This agreement must be signed by an authorized management official of the organization and returned to RMHC.
This letter will also address arrangements for the awarding of the grant funds.

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