$4.5 Million in Human Services Funding Awarded to Non-Profits Providing Safety Net Services by Coordinated Funders

June 22, 2016 (Ann Arbor, MI) Washtenaw Coordinated Funders, a consortium of public and private funders, awarded $4.586 million for Human Services Program/Operations to meet the needs of our community’s most vulnerable for the next two years.  Funding was awarded in four priority areas:  Aging, Housing & Homelessness, Safety-Net Health & Nutrition, and Cradle to Career–Early Childhood & School-Age Youth for both Program Operations and Capacity Building.
Grants are for the next two fiscal years, starting July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2018.  A total of 67 programs across 38 agencies were funded in the two-year cycle.
“While funding has increased $390,000 since the last funding cycle due to grant funding through the Michigan Health Endowment Fund and the addition of St. Joseph Mercy Health Ann Arbor as a funder, we’re still finding that need is outpacing resources,” said Neel Hajra, President & CEO of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.  “For this funding cycle, we had $9 million dollars in requests and were able to fund only about half of that.”
“Coordinated Funding fits well with our mission and we have been impressed with the thorough and thoughtful process with a clear focus on outcomes that will support the most vulnerable in our community,” said Michael Miller, Regional Chief Mission Officer for St. Joseph Mercy Health System.  “More than 40 volunteers spent over 1,000 hours reviewing grant requests and related documents, showing commitment and care in the selection process.  We are proud to be part of it.”
Pam Smith, President & CEO of United Way of Washtenaw County noted that improvements in the application process had positive results in this award cycle.  “For the 6th year of Coordinated Funding, we felt it was time to adjust our process by directing additional outreach directed to minority-led or minority-serving non-profit agencies,” Smith said.  “Through the outreach and synchronization of both capacity-building and program operations grant applications, we were able to include 17 new programs including new non-profit partners that had not formerly received funding from the Coordinated Funders.”
The Washtenaw Coordinated Funders is a private-public partnership of the City of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Washtenaw Urban County, the United Way of Washtenaw County, the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, St Joseph Mercy Health Ann Arbor, and the RNR Foundation.
“The work of the service providers is essential for so many in Washtenaw County,” said Felicia Brabec, Chair of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners.  “The more we look into equity in our county, the more that we find geographies and specific groups that need additional support and resources to connect them with opportunity.  And that’s much of what Coordinating Funding is working toward.”
Annual program operation investments by funder are listed below:
Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation       $165,000
City of Ann Arbor                                           $1,227,529
St. Joseph Mercy Health Ann Arbor               $250,000
United Way of  Washtenaw County                $1,650,000
Washtenaw County                                         $1,015,000
Washtenaw Urban County                              $278,728
Questions about the Coordinated Funders can be directed to any of the partner organizations:  Pam Smith, President & CEO of United Way of Washtenaw County at psmith@uwwashtenaw.org ; Neel Hajra, President & CEO of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation at nhajra@aaacf.org, Michael Miller, Regional Chief Mission Officer for St. Joseph Mercy Health System at millermi@trinity-health.org, and Brett Lenart, Interim Director Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development at lenartb@ewashtenaw.org.