AAACF Community Grantmaking Program

Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation

Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Next anticipated deadline: May 31, 2019 7:00am PDT (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Jul 17, 2019 11:00am PDT (Pre proposal), Aug 15, 2019 12:00pm PDT (Pre proposal), Aug 23, 2019 (Letter of inquiry), Sep 6, 2019 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, General Operating Expense, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Washtenaw County, Michigan

Location of residency: Washtenaw County, Michigan

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  • To apply for a grant, all organizations must register for access via the Nonprofit Portal. 
    • Due to the time it takes to receive login credentials, all organizations must submit their request no later than the "letter of inquiry" deadline above. 
  •  After receiving login credentials, all organizations must contact the appropriate AAACF Community Investment Team member, as specified on the grants main page. This will be done either with a phone call, webinar video, or information session.
    • All interested applicants must attend an Information Session to learn about the Community Grantmaking Program prior to applying.
    • Information session dates are listed as the 3 "pre-proposal" deadlines above. 

Community Grantmaking

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.”

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.

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.

Rewarding Success

  • $10,000 Grant awards for general operating support
  • Grantees demonstrate strength in:
    • Leadership & Governance
    • High-quality, Impactful Programs
    • Financial Strength

Strengthening the Nonprofit Sector

  • $5,000 Grant Awards for Capacity Building
  • Grantees demonstrate a plan to strengthen 
    • Leadership & Governance
    • High-quality, Impactful Programs
    • Financial Strength

Encouraging Innovation

  • $10,000 Grant Awards for "Bold Ideas"
  • Grantees demonstrate innovative ideas and projects that generate a significant leap in how our community addresses a challenging community issue.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 501(c)(3) nonprofits providing services in Washtenaw County, Michigan are eligible to apply for grants from the AAACF.


  • Priority will be given to 501(c)(3) community nonprofit agencies.

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