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Grant Inquiries


Grant inquiries Open June 1 through September 30


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The Van Elslander Family Foundation exists to support children and human services in the state of Michigan with the goal of inspiring a sense of social responsibility that engages local communities.

Grants must be for charitable purposes and serve a public benefit through a charity recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service, and may not be through a private foundation. Qualifying organizations must be located within Michigan and benefit its communities. A qualifying organization must, in policy and in practice, not discriminate based on age, creed, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Applications should include:

  • Project Narrative
  • Goals and Outcomes
  • Project Budget
  • Organization Budget
  • Timeline
  • Amount requested
  • List of Board Members
  • The IRS letter granting tax exempt status to the organization
  • The organization’s latest financial statements (audited)
  • All supporting documents sent as a single PDF

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Our current partners

Andreae-Brown Family Environmental Education Endowment Fund

Supporting Little Traverse Conservancy’s Environmental Education Department teaches children in nature about nature so they develop a love of nature to value and invest in throughout their lifetime. Research shows that people who are consistently connected to nature report higher levels of happiness and lower levels of anxiety and depression.


Detroit Institute for Children

Providing speech language pathology, occupational therapies, social work, psychological services and special education consulting to children with special needs. The agency is driven by two guiding principles: service to the disabled community, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay, and concentration on treating not just the disability, but the whole child. 

Experience Camps

A national, no-cost program for grieving children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. Overnight camps, year-round programs and content help to reframe the experience of grief, and empower kids with the necessary coping skills to move forward with their lives. Through compassion, connection, and play, Experience Camps allows grieving children to embody a life full of hope and possibility.

Gianna House

Providing support through education and life skills programming to pregnant women and mothers who are at-risk or lack safe housing to transition them to independence.  Gianna house provides a ‘hand up’ instead of a ‘hand out’ in an effort to restore self-esteem and reward initiatives that can enrich their families and futures.


Providing pathways to success for Detroiters in need. This is achieved by direct efforts and with civic and community partners, through programs such as an after-school motivational learning center for youth, 8-18; a free family medical clinic; a housing program for working families; and other learning, health care and housing initiatives for Detroit’s most vulnerable populations.