We invest in policies to advance racial equity and economic mobility in the Great Lakes region.


The Joyce Foundation accepts grant inquiries online throughout the year. Proposals are considered at meetings of the Foundation’s Board of Directors in April, July, and December. Applicants are strongly encouraged to plan their application and proposal submission process for the April or July meetings, since most grant funds will be distributed at those times.

Applicants should anticipate the application process to take approximately four to six months from the initial submission of the letter of inquiry to the receipt of funding.

Proposal Deadlines

  • April 1, 2024;
    Decisions made July 2024
  • August 1, 2024;
    Decisions made November 2024
  • December 2, 2024;
    Decisions made April 2025

Our Approach To Grantmaking

Phase A: Building Blocks of Policy Adoption

  • Research & Analysis

  • Policy Development

Phase B: Policy Adoption

  • Communications, Media Outreach & Public Education Strategy

  • Policy Advocacy

  • Coalition and Constituency-Building & Grass Roots Organizing

Phase C: Policy Implementation

  • Implementation & Enforcement

  • Evaluation

Grantmaking Guidelines

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