Skillman Foundation Grant Partners

Skillman Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Up to US $200,000

Fields of work: Youth Development & Leadership Academic Success & Enrichment After School /Summer Educational Programs Teacher Development & Training Literacy Education System Policy & Reform Education - K through 12 Career/College Preparation Apprenticeship & Internship Programs Youth Services Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity, Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Wayne County, Michigan

Location of residency: United States

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NOTE: The Skillman Foundation reviews grant requests throughout the year. Grant approvals take place at Foundation board meetings in March, June, September, and December. Generally, it takes 2-3 months from inquiry to approval.

We’re committed to expanding the opportunities young people see for themselves after high school graduation.

We work to ensure that Detroit youth are prepared for college, career, and life; That they have the supports and the opportunities needed  to follow a path of their choosing, helping to lead us all into a more prosperous and equitable future.


For youth to reach their full potential, they must be provided with meaningful continuum of learning opportunities, both inside and outside of the classroom. Working in collaboration with others, we aim to bolster Detroit’s system of schools and expanded learning opportunities to advance academic proficiency and impart children with the skills required for an ever-changing economy.

Our Approach

We're focused on three key approaches to improve education for Detroit kids:

  • Beyond Schools - Building community awareness & engagement around student attendance and providing schools with supports needed to reduce chronic absenteeism  
  • Loving Schools & Communities - Increasing academic proficiency -- particularly in third-grade reading -- and supporting teacher recruitment efforts  
  • Strong Schools - Strengthening the conditions in which all Detroit schools operate by providing actionable data, supporting educator development and retention, and family & community engagement 


We’re committed to helping prepare and connect Detroit youth to the ever-evolving economy. We support experiences both inside and outside of school that introduce youth to career options, engage them in rigorous learning opportunities, and allow them to forge connections that can support their path to economic mobility.

Our Approach

We're focused on three key approaches to ensure that Detroit youth benefit from and contribute to the ever-evolving economy of Detroit and beyond:

  • College & Career Pathways - Connecting students to post-secondary education avenues and career options
  • Youth Employment - Connecting the next generation workforce with employers
  • Financial Empowerment - Helping young people learn how to become financially self-sufficient and supporting youth entrepreneurship
  • Community & Youth Leadership - Creating pipelines for new leaders, platforms for existing leaders, and providing reliable data to help inform civic action and decision making


We’re committed to helping reduce barriers and increase opportunities for Detroit youth so that they may benefit from and contribute to the city’s resurgence.

Our Approach

We aim to foster a more equitable Detroit through three key approaches: 

  • Youth Development - Increasing high-quality out-of-school programming for Detroit kids by pursuing a dedicated public funding stream, supporting program quality improvement, and investing in promising youth programs that can serve as proof points for scalable investments 
  • Safety - Reducing the number of young Detroiters whose future prospects are limited by exclusionary disciplinary practices (including school suspensions and expulsions), supporting youth violence interventions, and expanding the use of restorative practices in schools and by law enforcement 

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


  • Grant partners must:
    • Be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and provide your tax id (EIN) number or be a government or public agency (city, county, state, public school district)
    • Be a publicly supported charity as defined in Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code
    • Have total revenues of at least $100,000 for your preceding fiscal year and be able to provide a copy of a current financial audit conducted by an independent certified public accountant
    • In policy and practice, offer opportunity and service to all, regardless of age, race, creed, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation and ethnicity


  • The Foundation does not make grants to:
    • Individuals
    • For-profit institutions
    • Endowments, building campaigns, or capital costs, including construction, renovation, or equipment
    • Political campaigns, to support political activities or to lobby for or against particular pieces of legislation
    • Award scholarships or provide tuition assistance


This page was last reviewed September 17, 2021 and last updated June 02, 2021