Coordinated Funding

Washtenaw Coordinated Funding seeks to improve the way local funders and health & human service agencies work together to meet the needs of our community’s most vulnerable residents.


AAACF partners with five other local funders in Coordinated Funding: United Way of Washtenaw County, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, and Office of Community and Economic Development, which represents the City of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, and the Washtenaw Urban County.

Addressing Strategic Priorities

Coordinated Funding annually awards $4.5-5 million in grants through a joint decision-making process. This funding supports over 50 local health & human service organizations. We use shared outcomes and strategies to achieve measurable goals in four priority areas:

  • Aging
  • Cradle to Career
  • Housing & Homelessness
  • Safety Net Health and Nutrition

Community Outcome Dashboards

HUD Awards

In 2016, the Coordinating Funding Partnership was recognized with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships.

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Benefits of Working Together

By combining data, information, and resources, the funding partners designed a grant program with three components: Sector Leaders, Program Operations Funding, and Capacity Building Grants. This three-pronged grant program means that:

  • Nonprofits have a centralized source for applying for funding, decreasing the burden of writing grant applications for nonprofits.
  • Funding partners cooperate in making funding decisions, allowing us to collaborate around shared goals.
  • All funding partners receive and learn from nonprofits’ reports, enabling a feedback loop as we continue to work together to benefit our community.
  • Continuing Success

    As a nationally recognized model, Coordinated Funding is an innovative solution to the issues all of the Coordinated Funders have always worked to address. Working together, we are able to do so more efficiently, producing a greater impact.

    Through an independent evaluation conducted by the TCC Group, we’ve confirmed that the model provides real benefits. The unique public-private partnership has provided a deeper understanding of needs in Washtenaw County and a framework in which agencies and funders can work together toward common goals and outcomes.

    More detail about the Washtenaw Coordinated Funding model and activities can be found on their website:

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