Our core product, the Insider’s Directory to Michigan Foundations is designed to connect grant seekers in Michigan to thousands of Michigan-based grant funding opportunities so they can experience increased grants success.

We developed this grants prospecting database because this year there will be about 2,300 grant-making foundations in Michigan that will make over $1.3 BILLION in grants. The vast majority of these foundations will make these grants without making the funding opportunities public. You have to find them.

That’s a difficult proposition, considering that over 95 percent of Michigan’s grant making foundations don’t even have a website. That’s where Michigan Grants Funding, Inc. comes in.

Michigan Grants Funding, Inc. specializes in connecting grant seekers in Michigan with those Michigan foundations that are little-known, but that make millions and millions of dollars in grants every year.

We serve our subscribers best if we help them avoid those foundations that will be inundated by hundreds of grant applications every week.

Instead, we focus on those Michigan foundations that make lots of grants, but that are unknown to most grant seekers. That’s why we call our approach ‘taking the grants road
less traveled.’

Because it’s critical for grant seekers to focus on those Michigan foundations that are generally not known, Michigan Grants Funding is willing to offer (free) presentations about how to effectively find grant funding opportunities in Michigan.

So if you represent a statewide or regional group or association in Michigan; or if you represent a Michigan-based university, college, public or private school, municipal agency, or other non-profit organization, please contact us and we’ll set up an in-person presentation.

Edward Wollmann, Managing Partner at Michigan Grants Funding can be reached at 888-611-7713, or via email at: edward@michigangrantsfunding.com

For more information about the Insider’s Directory to Michigan Foundationsclick here.

Meet the Michigan Grants Funding Team


Edward W. Wollmann


Some fun facts about me

  • I was born in Transylvania (yes, that Transylvania).
  • I grew up in the City of Detroit (before Detroit became the ‘D’).
  • I spent 20 years as a rock-n-roll bass player (should I say misspent?).
  • When my family emigrated to the USA I couldn’t speak a word of English.
  • Now I make my living doing presentations and writing books, in English…Go figure.

Edward’s expertise in the non-profit realm

Grant writing trainer/educator

  • Institute for Strategic Funding Development, Tustin, CA (2005 – present) Grant writing trainer/educator with over 14 years of experience in teaching grant writing.
  • Have taught over 1,600 grant writing seminar participants strategies for effective grant writing.
  • Past grant writing participants have been awarded over $240 million in grant funding.
  • Participants have included faculty and staff from over 150 universities and colleges. [Harvard University, Princeton University, University of Michigan, Baylor School of Medicine, Columbia University, University of Chicago, University of Texas, Purdue University, and more]
  • Author of “Michigan Foundations: A View of the Grants Making Landscape,” (2013)

Program/grants research and development

  • Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, Ann Arbor, MI (1995 – 2013)
  • Director of Grants/Program Research and Development at Ann Arbor CIL for over 10 years.
  • Developed and implemented wide variety of organization and community-wide programs.
  • Awarded over $12 million in grant funding from federal, state and local funding agencies.
  • Provided grant writing training for Ann Arbor CIL staff, University of Michigan faculty, staff from partner organizations and AmeriCorps*VISTA members.


Barbara A. Gardinier


Some fun facts about me

  • Was a cheerleader in high school (in many ways I still am).
  • Enjoy ballroom dancing (I’m a Ginger Rogers wannabee).
  • Enjoy traveling the world and meeting interesting people.
  • An Advanced Master Gardener who enjoys growing beautiful flowers.
  • Also dabble in landscape design (happiness is holding flowers in both hands).
  • Chairperson of our town’s Beautification Commission.
  • Active in Main Street USA, on behalf of our small town in Michigan.

Barbara’s experience in the non-profit realm

Operations Manager

  • Michigan Grants Funding, Inc., in charge of MGF event planning, subscriber relations
    and billing/invoicing. (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Previous grant writing-related experience includes serving as Operations/Event Manager for
    HIGH Impact Grants, Inc. (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Executive Assistant to the CEO of Internet2, an advanced networking consortium
    comprising 221 U.S. universities. (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Executive Assistant to the President of the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS),
    an advanced manufacturing research and development consortium. (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Executive Assistant to Chairman of the Board at Hoover Universal, a Tier 1 automotive
    manufacturing parts supplier (Saline, MI).