The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of the EmpowerMENt's first open grant program. The purpose of the EmpowerMENt Fund is to support efforts that uplift young Black males in Washtenaw County while promoting their educational success. The EmpowerMENt Fund and its purpose were established based on extensive community input and advice. The fund’s initiatives are taking a holistic approach to support people, groups, and networks that share our goals. Our current systemic deficit is not reflective of the strengths, assets, and ongoing contributions of young Black men in our community and yet the inequitable outcomes persist. We would like to be part of community efforts and solutions seeking to change these inequitable outcomes. The EmpowerMENt Fund is seeking to invest in a 2-year collaborative effort for programs that support high school and up students through mentorship, vocational and skills trade training, and college readiness. Cohort model: Commitment to attend 2-4 group check-ins a year to discuss and share learnings. There will also be a required annual convening with a guest speaker. Applications are due Friday, September 23rd by 5:00PM EST. Questions related to this grant program can be sent to Amina Iqbal, Senior Community Investment Officer, at email@example.com Available Grant Dollars: ~$110,000 (up to $20,000 per year for 2 years) Geographic Reach: Washtenaw County Staff Contact: Amina Iqbal Application Submission Process: Review grant program guidelines at aaacf.org/grants . If needed, r egister for the NonProfit Portal to receive access to the grant application. All organizations must submit a request for credentials by Friday, September 16th, 2022. Attend one of three REQUIRED Information Sessions . Detailed information about the Information Sessions and a link can be found here . Submit all required narrative sections through the NonProfit Portal by 5:00PM on Friday, September 23rd, 2022.