Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation

African American Endowment Fund


Established in 1994 by former
AAACF Trustees Willis Patterson, Barbara Meadows and Joe Dulin, the African American Endowment Fund was created to improve the physical, economic, social and educational conditions that affect the quality of life for African Americans in the Ann Arbor area.  

The Community Foundation matched the first $100,000 raised with $50,000. 

Since its inception, the African American Endowment Fund has awarded more than $75,000 in grants to benefit local organizations and programs that serve our local African American Community.  Grants awarded have supported a broad range of purposes as originally envisioned by the Fund's founders:  scholarships, mentoring and tutoring programs, after-school and enrichment programs for youth, senior services and programs,  and cultural initiatives spanning music, art, drama and dance.

The African American Fund encourages grant applications from community based organizations that serve the African American Community, with particular focus on:

  • Cultural programs that share the many contributions made by the local African American Community with all of Washtenaw County,
  • Local programs that have the capacity to draw attention to local needs and can be linked with regional and national initiatives,
  • Collaborative initiatives between local agencies,
  • Local initiatives by local visionaries that support the hopes and dreams for our community to succeed.

To make a gift


For the Next Grant Deadline and to learn more about how to apply.

If you have questions, please email AAACF Director of Community Investment Jillian Rosen or contact the Community Foundation at (734) 663-0401.