Youth Council Grant Programs

AAACF Youth Council awards nearly $80,000 in grants annually. Grants support local programs and projects that have expanded opportunities for young people throughout our region.

Starting in 2017, Youth Council is transitioning to a single grant cycle per year. This grant cycle will typically launch in February with grant decisions being distributed in June. The average grant size can be expected to be around $10,000.

At the broadest level, Youth Council will review grant applications for programs that serve area youth between the ages of 5-18. Youth Council is particularly interested in programs that are youth-initiated or involve youth in decision-making.

Youth Council Needs Assessment

The original W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant that established AAACF’s Youth Council in 1989 requires that Youth Council conduct a needs assessment every three years to identify the concerns and needs of our community's youth.

The purpose of the Needs Assessment Survey is to gain a better and deeper understanding of the issues that are of greatest concern to young people in our community. Survey results help shape Youth Council’s funding priorities and identify possible opportunities to effect change. Youth Council also feels that the Needs Assessment Survey helps to give a real and credible voice to the population it is trying to serve.

December 2016 Needs Assessment Results and Funding Priorities

Most Urgent Funding Priorities

Most Urgent Priorities

In no particular order, the December 2016 Needs Assessment showed the following funding priorities as most urgent:

  1. Mental health initiatives for teens
  2. Programs that equip teens for employment before and/or after graduation
  3. Programs that prepares students for college and the college admissions process
  4. Programs that address discrimination in key areas such as:
    • Mental health
    • Physical and cognitive disabilities
    • Gender identity
    • Sexual orientation
    • Socioeconomic status
    • Ethnicity
    • Religion

Key Elements

  • Transportation
  • Stipend participation for leadership positions
  • Sliding scale/reduced cost participation fees
  • Programs and organizations that validate youth voice and perspective

Other Funds and Grants Awarded by the Youth Council

James and Clarice Foster Fund

Supports programs focused on helping youth in the Juvenile Division of the Probate Court system and grants out approximately $3,500 per year.

Children with Disabilities Fund

Supports programs that meet the needs of children with disabilities in Washtenaw County and grants out approximately $5,000 per year.


$100 Mini-Grants to area fifth grade students to support their own community service projects. Download the brochure and 2017 Mini-Grant Application to learn more.

How to Apply for a Youth Council Grant

Register Your Nonprofit

Register your nonprofit to receive your login credentials that grant you access to the NonProfit Portal. Through this portal you can apply for grants and receive information specific to nonprofits.

If you are unsure if your organization has already registered and/or you need to add or delete users, please contact Katie Van Dusen or Maryellen Ferro.

Requests for proposals and information on applications will be available on AAACF's website when the grant program is open. All registered nonprofits will also receive an email notifying them of the opportunity.

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