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Grants Overview

AAACF awards grants through several competitive grant programs each year, with applications submitted through our online grants portal. Each of these grant programs have different deadlines, priorities and application criteria, as outlined below.

Additional information for each program will be available through the Request for Proposals (RFP) when the grant program is open. For active RFPs, please click on the "Open" link below under Status. 

Grant Program Overview Next Launch  Status Contact
Community Grantmaking
  • Invests funds in community-based projects that support relief and recovery efforts related to COVID-19 and/or
  • Invest funds in programs that work to bring equity/resources to marginalized communities
2023 Closed

Amina Iqbal

  • Capacity Building to Support Racial Equity and Social Justice Work in Washtenaw County
Ongoing Open

Chris Lemon

EmpowerMENt Fund
  • Support efforts that uplift young Black males in Washtenaw County while promoting their educational success
2023 Closed Amina Iqbal
Glacier Hills Legacy Fund
  • Programs and services supporting vulnerable older adults in Washtenaw County
2023 Closed Chris Lemon
  • Programs that serve seniors, prioritizing those that focus on the technology and transportation
2023 Closed Chris Lemon
AAPS Education Fund
  • Supports Ann Arbor Public Schools' classroom projects that enhance and enrich the learning experience and provide the skills and proficiency required for employment and further education for all students 
Fall 2023 Closed Maryellen Ferro
Youth Council
  • Programs that serve area youth between the ages of 5-18
  • Particularly youth-initiated or involve youth in decision-making
  • Priorities determined by needs assessment every three years
January 2023 Open Maryellen Ferro
Arts and Culture Program
  • Invest funds in new or existing programs that serve communities through arts and culture leading to economic recovery and growth
2023 Closed Amina Iqbal
Dedicated Grants 
  • Various topics; review NonProfit Portal details for more information
2023 Closed Chris Lemon
Ypsilanti Area Community Fund
  • Invest in new or existing programs that will support COVID-19 recovery efforts in Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township
Summer 2023 Closed Amina Iqbal

Note: The James A. and Faith Knight Foundation also accepts grant applications through AAACF’s NonProfit Portal, and applicants must register here. Grant decisions for the James A. and Faith Knight Foundation are made independently from AAACF.  All questions on the Knight Foundation’s funding should be directed to info@KnightFoundationMi.org.

AAACF's donor-advised funds do not operate grant programs or solicit proposals. Advisors typically make grants based on their own philanthropic interests; AAACF is committed to lifting up opportunities when appropriate. For inquiries on donor-advised fund grants, please contact Chris Lemon, clemon@aaacf.org.

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