AAACF is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2021 Community Grantmaking Program! The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation recognizes the inequitable hardships that exist in Washtenaw County and that were made more apparent due to the pandemic. The inequities in our communities related to education, criminal justice, housing, health are only some examples of areas that require institutional and systemic change. AAACF’s COVID Relief and Recovery funding will prioritize efforts that advance social justice in our communities. This grant program understands social justice as working at a systems level to influence change that sustainably addresses inequities and efforts to support marginalized communities gaining access to resources that positively contribute to relief and recovery. AAACF’s Community Investment Committee is seeking opportunities to invest funds in community-based projects that specifically support COVID-19 relief and recovery 1) Provide resources “right now” to limit the damage and harm caused by health and economic hardships and/or 2) Efforts related to COVID-19 which create opportunities for immediate and long-term recovery, systemic transformation, and revitalization throughout Washtenaw County to communities underserved and affected most by COVID-19. Priority will be given to applications with the following focuses. Funding examples, but not limited to, are listed below each focus. Community Public Health: Mental health supportive programming Access to COVID-19 vaccinations Domestic violence support Providing health and wellness opportunities for children and youth Youth Educational Support: Access to technology to support distance learning Mentoring Programs/Leadership Development Access to food or personal care items Community Support Daycare and early-learning services Programming to support those experiencing unemployment Food security Access to reliable and safe transportation Available Grant Dollars: ~ $420,000 Geographic Reach: Washtenaw County Staff Contact: Amina Iqbal Application Submission Process: Review grant program guidelines at aaacf.org/grants . If needed, register for the NonProfit Porta l to receive access to the grant application. All organizations must submit a request for credentials by Wednesday, October 27, 2021. Attend one of three REQUIRED Information Sessions. Detailed information about the Information Sessions and a link to RSVP can be found here . Submit all required narrative sections through the NonProfit Portal by 5:00PM on Thursday, November 4, 2021.