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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.

Grant Program  Overview Cycle Launch  Status Contact
Community Grantmaking
  • Awards General Operating Support and Capacity Building grants
  • Support the mission, activities, and community impact of the local nonprofit sector
May 2018  Closed Chris Lemon
Cultural Economic Development
  • Promote economic prosperity for our region by investing in and strengthening arts & culture nonprofits in Washtenaw County and Plymouth
TBD Closed Katie Van Dusen
Bach Fund for Seniors
  • Supports local nonprofit organizations and programs that improve the quality of life for seniors
January 2018 Open Chris Lemon
Ypsilanti Area Community Fund
  • Support programs and services for families & youth in the Ypsilanti area that are supported by collaborative partnerships across sectors
Fall 2019 Closed Katie Van Dusen
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 every three years
January 2018 Open Maryellen Ferro
Dedicated Grants 
  • Various topics; review NonProfit Portal details for more information
May 2018 Closed Chris Lemon
Coordinated Funding
  • Supports health and human services in Washtenaw County
Check website Katie Van Dusen

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

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