Community Grantmaking Program

Our Community Grantmaking has three key programs: Rewarding Success operating support grants; Strengthening the Nonprofit Sector capacity-building grants; and Encouraging Innovation grants for “Bold Ideas.”
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Chris Lemon
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Within this three-pronged grant program, grantees are evaluated upon three core areas: leadership & governance; high-quality, impactful programs; and financial strength. Based on national best practice and local nonprofit input, the Community Grantmaking Program supports the mission, activities, and community impact of the local nonprofit sector.

We define high performance as the ability to deliver—over a prolonged period of time—meaningful, measurable, and financially sustainable results for the people or causes the organization is in existence to serve. (Source: Leap Ambassadors) 

Effective philanthropy, by AAACF or any individual donor, relies on effective nonprofits doing great work. National studies consistently conclude that grants or gifts with “strings attached” are ultimately detrimental to the nonprofit sector’s overall effectiveness. AAACF believes our Rewarding Success program will help promote greater mission achievement by every grantee, smarter giving by other local donors, and ultimately a stronger and more sustainable local nonprofit sector. Capacity building support focuses on supporting a nonprofit's future sustainability.

2018-2020 Grantees

Rewarding Success - General Operating Support Encouraging Innovation 
826 Michigan Ecology Center
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum Friends In Deed
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Snowbuddy
Ann Arbor YMCA Washtenaw ID Project
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County          
Cancer Support Community  
Food Gatherers  
Foundations Preschool  
Girls Group  
Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley
Huron River Watershed Council  
Ozone House  
Student Advocacy Center  
The Ark
The Shelter Association of Washtenaw County  


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