Our Washtenaw Impact

The power of permanent community capital.

Washtenaw County is full of strong community pride: a love for where we live, work, raise families—and where we choose to make a difference. Thanks to support from generations of donors, we’re able to make Washtenaw County a better place. When you give where you live, you are part of creating real impact, benefiting our community forever.

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Impact At A Glance

AAACF’s competitive grant programs invest in nonprofits serving specific communities, as well as those serving across the entirety of Washtenaw County.

Click on each of these examples from our recent grants to learn more about our impact and the power of permanent community capital.

Ann Arbor
Huron River Watershed Council
Huron River Watershed Council

Huron River Watershed Council

Through the Community Grantmaking program, AAACF provided $30,000 in general operating support to the Huron River Watershed Council. 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.

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Chelsea
Chelsea Senior Center
Chelsea Senior Center

Chelsea Senior Center

The Chelsea Senior Center received two grants, totaling $150,000, from the Vital Seniors: A Community Innovation Competition in support of their R.O.A.M. (Rural Older Adults in Motion) project. The Vital Seniors Competition was intended to catalyze and create enduring impact for the vulnerable senior citizens in our community and their caregivers.

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Dexter
Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan
Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan

Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan

The Dexter Community Fund provided $1,000 in support to the Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan for a starter Troop in Dexter. The Dexter Community Fund is dedicated to building a permanent endowment in Dexter, with the goal of enriching the quality of life in the community.

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Manchester
Manchester Community Resource Center
Manchester Community Resource Center

Manchester Community Resource Center

Coordinated Funding, a local funders collaborative, supported Manchester Community Resource Center for their work in community-based benefits advocacy and referral coordination.

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Milan
Milan Seniors for Healthy Living
Milan Seniors for Healthy Living

Milan Seniors for Healthy Living

A grant of $15,000 from the Anna Botsford Bach Fund for Seniors contributed to expanding transportation service for seniors and their caregivers in Milan. The Bach Fund supports local nonprofit organizations and programs that improve the quality of life for seniors.

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Saline
Viva Voce Youth Choir
Viva Voce Youth Choir

Viva Voce Youth Choir

A $2,000 grant from the Gerald O. and Mildred L. Bahnmiller Fund supports Viva Voce Youth Choir for a community-wide choral ensemble for grades 2-4 in Saline. The Dedicated Grant Program provides competitive grants to local nonprofits delivering a wide array of different programs and services in Washtenaw County.

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Ypsilanti
Community Action Network & Family Learning Institute
Community Action Network & Family Learning Institute

YACF: Community Action Network & Family Learning Institute

Established in 2001, YACF is dedicated to building permanent endowment to enrich the quality of life in the Ypsilanti area. This year, YACF awarded 2 multi-year grants:

Community Action Network (CAN): Read to Succeed (R2S) and Summer Education programs at Brick Elementary.
Family Learning Institute (FLI): Academic tutoring, SEL programming, and career exposure workshops for at-risk youth.

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Y-Fi: Amplifying Voice with Fidelity
Y-Fi: Amplifying Voice with Fidelity

Y-Fi: Amplifying Voice with Fidelity

Support from our Cultural Economic Development (CED) initiative provided $25,000 in funding to Yen & Nick Azzaro, in partnership with students at Ypsilanti Community Schools to create “Y-Fi: Amplifying Voice with Fidelity.” Y-Fi is a series of city-wide art happenings that speak to students’ lives. CED seeks to promote economic prosperity for our region by investing in and strengthening arts & culture nonprofits in Washtenaw County.

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