Mini-Grants

The New Human Services Partnership Mini-Grant funding round will occur annually to award 10 grants of up to $40,000 to human service organizations. The main goal of this funding round is to provide smaller organizations who are addressing poverty, racism, and trauma as a root cause of institutional inequity in Washtenaw County an opportunity to receive funding.

  • Total funding round allocation is $407,707
  • We estimate of 10 grants at $40,000 each for one year
  • Organizations with overall budgets of $1 million or less are eligible to apply
  • Goal for grantees is to have 60% with leaders with underrepresented identities

To learn more about the Mini-Grant funding round mission/values and goals, see the NHSP 2022 Mini-Grant Funding Round Overview document.

Mini-Grant Funding Update

Community reviewers recommended 10 mini-grant proposals to the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners (BOC) and the Ann Arbor City Council. The resolution for final recommendations was approved at the BOC meeting on November 16, 2022 and will move to the December 7, 2022 meting for final reading. The City Council of Ann Arbor will vote on November 21, 2022. The 10 mini-grant recommendations include:

  • Washtenaw Housing Alliance
  • Coalition for Re-envisioning Our Safety 
  • FedUp Ministries
  • Buenos Vecinos
  • Peet Support Network
  • A Brighter Way
  • Black Men Read
  • Michigan Itinerant Shelter System Interdependent Out of Necessity (MISSION)
  • Community Resource Center, Inc. 
  • Fair Housing Center

Request for Proposal

Download the full RFP #8358 here.

Download the fillable PDF version of the RFP here.

Proposal Requirements

RFP submissions will be accepted from Monday, August 22 through Tuesday, September 20.

The application will be much shorter than the Safety-Net Grant funding round and include questions to help reviewers learn:

  • The name of the program/project, description, and budget for the program/project being funded
  • Organization background such as age, history, and mission/vision, and experience
  • How the Mini-Grant funding will be used to address poverty, racism, and trauma as a root cause of institutional inequity in Washtenaw County
  • The communities/populations served by the agency and by the additional funding through the Mini-Grant

New to RFPs and want assistance with the application process? OCED will host two prep information sessions for potential applicants:

Monday, August 15, 3pm - 4:30pm via Zoom 

  • Registration closed
  • Thursday, August 18, 11:30am - 1pm via Zoom 
    • Registration closed

If you missed the prep sessions, you can watch the recording below:


Two informational sessions will be held by OCED to communicate details about the funding round to community members: 

  • Thursday, August 25, 6pm - 7:30pm via Zoom
    • If you missed the information session, you can watch the recording below: 

  • Monday, August 29, 1pm - 2:30pm via Zoom
    • If you missed the information session, you can watch the recording below: 

To learn more about the Mini-Grant funding round process, see the NHSP 2022 Mini-Grant Funding Round Overview document.

Timeline for Mini-Grant Funding Round (2022)

Date

Finalize the Mini-Grant framework
Friday, July 15
Prepare the Mini-Grant RFP ProgressMonday, July 18 - Friday, August 5, 2022



Mini-Grant Prep Sessions for Potential Applicants

Monday, August 15, 3pm - 4:30pm

Thursday, August 18, 11:30am - 1pm
Mini-Grant RFP Applicant OpensMonday, August 22, 1pm - 2:30pm



Mini-Grant RFP Information Sessions

Thursday, August 25, 6pm - 7:30pm

Monday, August 29, 1pm - 2:30pm

(see above for registration link)

Submit questionsWednesday, August 31
Answers to questions posted/emailedMonday, September 5
Identify Community Reviewers and provide trainingBy September 12
Proposals DueTuesday, September 20 at 3pm
Community Reviewers finalize recommendationsWeek of October 24
Recommendations to County Board of Commissioners and City CouncilNovember 16, November 21
Final vote of approval (Board of Commissioners)December 7