April 05, 2024

Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF) is investing in strengthening arts & culture nonprofits in Washtenaw County through a racial equity lens. This program invests funds to activate the artistic and cultural identity of all people in Washtenaw County and ensure a fundamental level of access to arts and culture for everyone.

This program is now open until 5:00pm (EST), May 17, 2024.

AAACF is seeking opportunities to invest funds in new and existing community-based projects that are serving communities through arts and culture focusing on racial equity to support:

  1. Community driven art programs and organizations that serve and engage/collaborate with Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities.
  2. Arts programs and organizations with BIPOC leadership
  3. Equity in arts education
  4. Entrepreneurship in the Arts for Economic Development
  5. Empowering the digital capacity of organizations to reach BIPOC communities
  6. Vocational training for the marginalized community in the Arts

Applications are due Friday, May 17, 2024, by 5:00PM EST. Questions related to this grant program can be sent to Amina Iqbal, Senior Community Investment Officer, at aiqbal@aaacf.org

Available Grant Dollars: ~$120,000
Grant Request: up to $15,000 (one application per organization)
Geographic Reach: Washtenaw County
Application Deadline: Friday, May 17th, 2024, at 5:00PM EST

Application Submission Process:

  1. Review grant program guidelines above.
  2. Note that AAACF launched a new NonProfit Portal this year. If your nonprofit hasn't submitted an application to us in 2024 yet, you will need to get setup. Applicants from prior years by use the "Forgot Password" option with their email used in our previous portal to get logged in. All others must create a new account to access the grant application. Please start this process early to allow time for processing and watch the Applicant Tutorial for help getting started.
  3. Attend one of three REQUIRED Information Sessions. Detailed information about the Information Sessions and a link to RSVP can be found here. Sessions will be held on April 15, April 25, and May 10.
  4. Submit all required narrative sections through the NonProfit Portal by 5:00PM EST on May 17th.