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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 Cycle 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
September 2021 Closed

Amina Iqbal

Catchafire
  • 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
Ongoing Directed Amina Iqbal
Aging Justice
  • This grant program will support planning grants of community driven solutions that result in the creation of aging-friendly and/or aging-centered community connections and spaces.
Sept 2021 Closed Chris Lemon
Bach Fund for Seniors
  • Supports local nonprofit organizations and programs that improve the quality of life for seniors
January 2021 Closed Chris Lemon
Glacier Hills Legacy Fund
  • Programs and services supporting vulnerable older adults in Washtenaw County
TBD 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 
October 2021 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 2021 Closed Maryellen Ferro
Cultural Economic Development
  • Invest funds in new or existing programs that serve communities through arts and culture leading to economic recovery and growth
April 2021 Closed Amina Iqbal
Dedicated Grants 
  • Various topics; review NonProfit Portal details for more information
June 2021 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
March 2021 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.

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