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AAACF is pleased to announce that we are
now accepting applications! Available grant programs include:
Bach Fund for Seniors Grant Program: This grant program prioritizes funding for organizations, programs, and services that support and serve caregivers of seniors. The Fund also provides grant support to organizations, programs, and services that serve seniors in our community. We will distribute $130,000 in competitive grants to local nonprofits delivering program and services in Washtenaw County. Staff Contact: Christopher Lemon.
Youth Council Grant Program: Youth Council grants are available for programs that serve area youth between the ages of 5-18. The Youth Council will be directing funds toward programs that focus on the following issues: Mental Health, College Preparedness, Teen Employment, and Discrimination. This year, the Youth Council will distribute $80,000 in competitive grants in a single grant cycle to local nonprofits delivering program and services in Washtenaw County. Staff Contact: Maryellen Ferro.
Application Submission Process:
June 21, 2017
Youth Council consists of ~25 diverse students from Ann Arbor public, private, and independent high schools who work together to better the lives of youth in Washtenaw County. At the 2017 Youth Council Year-End Reception, we celebrated the graduations of six of our Youth Council members.
Years on Youth Council: 4
What did you learn on YC: Youth Council has taught me to always value and consider the perspectives of others. It has taught me about the discrepancies in my community and the world. It has taught me that I have the power to make a difference.
Next Year: University of Michigan
Years on Youth Council: 3
Favorite Grant: Universal Access Playground grant. The size and scope of the grant maximized our impact on the community in a tangible result, for a cause that is eternally right.
Next Year: University of Michigan, LSA Honors Program
What did you learn on YC: I’ve been able to see how the need for the services that nonprofits provide stem directly from the failures of government. Seeing youth who don’t have the opportunities and things that I take for granted has definitely played a part in my decision to study public policy next year. In the future I’d like to help to solve the problems that many nonprofits have to address.
Next Year: George Washington University
Favorite Grant: Friends of the A2 Skatepark. Encouraging girls to learn to skateboard is such a unique program and we were able to see how successful it ended up being.
What did you learn on YC: YC has made me much more aware of the types of things our community needs. It has improved many skills of mine such as problem solving, debating, and public speaking, as well as taught me how powerful teen voices can be in the community.
Next Year: Emory University
Years of Youth Council: 2
Favorite Grant: Adapted Bike Camp, by LightUp Shine Now. It gives disabled kids the opportunity to be independent, which would feel amazing. I know I personally love being independent.
Favorite YC Memory: Pizza dinner with Youth Council!
Favorite Grant: Universal Access Playground grant
What did you learn on YC: Youth Council has taught me how to interact with people of different ages, backgrounds, and priorities. Engaging with the other members of the YC has taught me to be aware of my perspective and the perspectives of others.
Next Year: Colorado College
June 22, 2016
Coordinated Funders commit program operating funds to four priority areas.
Washtenaw Coordinated Funders, a consortium of public and private funders, awarded $4.586 million for Human Services Program/Operations to meet the needs of our community’s most vulnerable for the next two years. Funding was awarded in four priority areas: Aging, Housing & Homelessness, Safety-Net Health & Nutrition, and Cradle to Career–Early Childhood & School-Age Youth for both Program Operations and Capacity Building.
Grants are for the next two fiscal years, starting July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2018. A total of 67 programs across 38 agencies were funded in the two-year cycle.
“While funding has increased $390,000 since the last funding cycle due to grant funding through the Michigan Health Endowment Fund and the addition of St. Joseph Mercy Health Ann Arbor as a funder, we’re still finding that need is outpacing resources,” said Neel Hajra, President & CEO of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. “For this funding cycle, we had $9 million dollars in requests and were able to fund only about half of that.”
“Coordinated Funding fits well with our mission and we have been impressed with the thorough and thoughtful process with a clear focus on outcomes that will support the most vulnerable in our community,” said Michael Miller, Regional Chief Mission Officer for St. Joseph Mercy Health System. “More than 40 volunteers spent over 1,000 hours reviewing grant requests and related documents, showing commitment and care in the selection process. We are proud to be part of it.”
Pam Smith, President & CEO of United Way of Washtenaw County noted that improvements in the application process had positive results in this award cycle. “For the 6th year of Coordinated Funding, we felt it was time to adjust our process by directing additional outreach directed to minority-led or minority-serving non-profit agencies,” Smith said. “Through the outreach and synchronization of both capacity-building and program operations grant applications, we were able to include 17 new programs including new non-profit partners that had not formerly received funding from the Coordinated Funders.”
The Washtenaw Coordinated Funders is a private-public partnership of the City of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Washtenaw Urban County, the United Way of Washtenaw County, the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, St Joseph Mercy Health Ann Arbor, and the RNR Foundation.
“The work of the service providers is essential for so many in Washtenaw County,” said Felicia Brabec, Chair of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. “The more we look into equity in our county, the more that we find geographies and specific groups that need additional support and resources to connect them with opportunity. And that’s much of what Coordinating Funding is working toward.”
Annual program operation investments by funder are listed below:
Questions about the Coordinated Funders can be directed to any of the partner organizations: Pam Smith, President & CEO of United Way of Washtenaw County at firstname.lastname@example.org; Neel Hajra, President & CEO of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation at email@example.com, Michael Miller, Regional Chief Mission Officer for St. Joseph Mercy Health System at firstname.lastname@example.org, and Brett Lenart, Interim Director Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development at email@example.com.
January 14, 2016
St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor has pledged $250,000 annually to the Washtenaw Coordinated Funders collaboration to support health and human service agencies that serve Washtenaw County.
"We are so pleased to support the good work that is being done here in Washtenaw County," said Dave Brooks, president, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston hospitals. "This unique collaboration model has created a coordinated approach to streamline funding and maximize the ability of local organizations to improve people's lives in this community."
The Washtenaw Coordinated Funders are a collaboration of six local funders, including the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, the City of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, the Washtenaw Urban County, the RNR Foundation, and the United Way of Washtenaw County. St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor now becomes the seventh funder to join this collaborative.
A unique private-public partnership, the funding partners work closely with health and human service agencies across Washtenaw County to understand the community’s greatest needs, establish shared goals and measure outcomes across five priority areas: Aging, Housing and Homelessness, Safety-Net Health and Nutrition, and Cradle to Career including both Early Childhood and School-Age Youth.
"The addition of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor to the Coordinated Funding collaboration is a game-changer," said Neel Hajra, president and CEO, Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. "It takes an innovative and successful model to a new level, and we're all excited to do even more to help the most vulnerable residents in our community."
The Washtenaw Coordinated Funders are currently in the process of reviewing grants for an estimated $4.5 million in funding available through the organization. Past recipients have included Avalon Housing, Corner Health Center, Faith in Action, Interfaith Hospitality Network of Washtenaw County, Milan Seniors for Healthy Living, Packard Health clinic and Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels.
“St. Joe’s is an important community organization joining the Washtenaw Coordinated Funders that will not only increase funds available to nonprofit agencies but deepen the expertise, evaluation and technology resources that will enrich and strengthen the safety net of human services," said Pam Smith, president and CEO of the United Way of Washtenaw County.
As a faith-based health system committed to the health of the community, supporting the Washtenaw Coordinated Funders is one of the best ways to affect the root causes that contribute to one's health, according to Michael Miller, regional chief mission officer, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.
"At St. Joe's, we want to invest in improving the underlying social determinants of health such as housing and food access that can negatively impact chronic disease and other health issues."
Since 2011, the Washtenaw Coordinated Funds have jointly awarded more than $24 million to strengthen the safety net in Washtenaw County.
As a result, YACF recently launched a new grantmaking focus to support collaborations with significant, renewable funding, based on outcomes. This focus helps to achieve YACF’s new defined vision for impact:
Every family in the Ypsilanti area will thrive by gaining access to programs and services through collaborative partnerships across sectors that measurably increase health outcomes and educational attainment leading to economic well-being.
Based on this vision, YACF is excited to be announcing two multi-year grants to support Community Action Network (CAN), in partnership with the Lincoln Consolidated School District and Brick Elementary School, and Family Learning Institute (FLI), in partnership with Mentor to Youth and Washtenaw Community College at Parkridge Community Center.
Community Action Network partners with children, youth and families from under-resourced Washtenaw County neighborhoods to create better futures for themselves, and to improve the communities in which they live. This grant supports both the Read to Succeed (R2S) and the Summer Education Program at Brick Elementary.
R2S utilizes well-trained literacy volunteers to provide 30 beginning, emergent and struggling economically disadvantaged 1st to 3rd graders the practice and support they need to gain reading fluency by the end of third grade. CAN will establish a R2S program with upperclassmen Lincoln high school students and local congregations to be supportive, in-class literacy tutors at Brick Elementary during reading periods, recess and at the end of the school day.
CAN’s Summer Education Program will bring CAN’s comprehensive 6-week all day summer curriculum to 30 ED 1st – 3rd graders. SEP is filled with enjoyable, hands-on educational experiences, combining math, STEM and literacy, to combat summer loss of learning and help students catch up with their peers.
Family Learning Institute is a volunteer based nonprofit agency dedicated to closing the achievement gap in Washtenaw County. This grant supports academic tutoring, SEL programming and career exposure workshop to at-risk youth, in partnership with Mentor to Youth and Washtenaw Community College at Parkridge Community Center.
Explicit instruction will be catered toward their comprehension level and learning style(s) with tutors and staff benchmarking their progress in comparison to state and national averages. Through workshops and instruction inclusive of diversity, different learning styles and a positive culture, students will be placed in an environment that empowers and motivates them to improve personally and academically.
May 2, 2016
The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF) has been awarded the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships, accepted on behalf of the Washtenaw Coordinated Funders (AAACF, the United Way of Washtenaw County, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, RNR Foundation, Washtenaw County, the City of Ann Arbor, and the Washtenaw Urban County).
In an effort to recognize foundations that work to improve neighborhoods and the lives of the people who live in them, HUD and the Council on Foundations (COF) made ten awards nationally to foundations for their outstanding partnership with the public sector. Presented at COF's 2016 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., awards were given to place-based funders for completed or ongoing initiatives that are executed in partnership with a local, regional, or federal government agency.
Pam Smith, President & CEO of the United Way of Washtenaw County, said “The Washtenaw Coordinated Funders partnership began as a pilot program in 2010 and has grown to a data-driven, outcomes-focused grant making collaborative with a $24 million investment in the social safety net in Washtenaw County. Coordinated Funding maximizes each funder’s investment, leverages limited resources, and also streamlines grantee application and reporting procedures.”
Coordinated Funding currently supports 50 agencies and 60 different top-notch programs and services, reaching an estimated 35,000 clients. By 2016, the funders will have collectively distributed $24 million in grants among four priority areas: safety-net health & nutrition, housing and homelessness, aging, and cradle-to-career (representing early childhood and school-age youth). "Together we are able to more effectively invest public and private dollars to help the most vulnerable residents of our community," said Chuck Warpehoski, Ann Arbor City Council Member, and member of the Washtenaw Coordinated Funders Leadership team.
Neel Hajra, President & CEO of AAACF, remarked “The Coordinated Funders represents a unique partnership among organizations with a longstanding commitment to the county’s most vulnerable residents as well as organizations that were inspired by the success of the model to invest their dollars into the community for the first time. The success of Coordinated Funding has recently been able to attract funds from organizations outside the partnership as well: The Michigan Health Endowment Fund committed $380,000 into the model, funds that would not have otherwise been invested in the Washtenaw County social safety-net if not for the existence of Coordinated Funding.”
Additional award honorees included Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Communities Foundation of Texas, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, Incourage, Seattle Foundation, Community Foundation of the New River Valley, Toledo Community Foundation and The Montgomery County Foundation, Inc.
Video of presentations: www.facebook.com/CouncilonFoundations/videos/1107340219287047
The Washtenaw Coordinated Funders are a public-private collaboration between the City of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, the Washtenaw Urban County, United Way of Washtenaw County, the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor hospital, and the RNR Foundation. For more information, please visit www.coordinatedfunders.org.