The Washtenaw Coordinated Funders (COFU), a collaboration of Washtenaw County, the City of Ann Arbor, and Washtenaw Urban County (represented by the Office of Community & Economic Development), United Way of Washtenaw County, the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, and the RNR Foundation are pleased to announce the FY2018 COFU grants cycle.
We project that approximately $4.5 million annually will be available to during this two-year grants cycle (FY2018-FY2020).
Grant investments will support health and human service programs in four priority areas: Aging, Housing & Homelessness, Safety-Net Health & Nutrition, and Cradle to Career – including both Early Childhood & School-Age Youth. Eligible applicants include the following tax-exempt entities: 501(c)(3)s, programs applying via a fiscal agent, governmental entities, school district, and other educational institutions.
The Program Operations Grants process includes two phases:
- The Request for Information (RFI) is the first step in the process to understand the financial solvency, governance practices and organizational capacity of applicants.
- The Request for Proposal (RFP) application will be made available to applicants who meet the minimum eligibility to apply based on RFI findings.
Important Dates for Program Operations Grants Process**
October 17: Updated Program Strategies and Outcomes released. These are the program attributes and the program outcomes COFU is prioritizing for funding based on current best practices and feedback from the local human services sector. Please note: Agency input is a vital and valuable part of updating COFU Program Strategies and Outcomes. Please contact your Sector Leader(s) to find out how you can participate and provide input in this revision process.
October 23: Request for Information released
Coordinated Funding/RFI Info Sessions: Agencies interested in applying for Program Operations funding are required to attend one upcoming COFU Information Session.
- October 24, 9-10:30am, LRC
- October 27, 9-10:30am, LRC
- October 30, 1-2:30 pm, UWWC
- October 31: 1-2:30pm, WISD
November 13: RFI Deadline
January 2, 2018: RFP released
Early January: RFP Info Sessions (Attendance at one RFP Info Session is mandatory)
February 5: Request for Proposal Deadline
Mid-April: Notification of funding decisions to agencies
June: Contracting Process
July 1: Funding Cycle Begins
**Dates are subject to change. The most recently updated list of dates can always be found online here: http://bit.ly/CoFuCalendar
Feel free to submit questions in advance of the Info Sessions online at www.coordinatedfunders.org/contact.