You’re Invited to CoFu Community Forums!

Community Forums, Part 1 and 2

The Washtenaw Coordinated Funders recently participated in a third-party evaluation by TCC Group to understand community’s progress on key issues, learn about what is working well and prioritize opportunities for improvement within the CoFu model. We invite you to join us in exploring our evaluation results; learning and growing together; and prioritizing the evaluation’s recommendations in service of improving our community-level outcomes.  Evaluation findings are available online here.

When: Wednesday, Sep 27, 3:30-5pm & Monday, Nov 13, 3-5pm

Where: Washtenaw Community College Morris Lawrence Building, Room 101

Who: Staff and board members of local human service organizations, community members, elected officials, other local funders, and anyone interested in learning how the Coordinated Funding model can better contribute to the ecosystem of human services in our community.

Please RSVP for one or both sessions here. Attendance at both sessions is not required, but welcome.

Optional: Coordinated Funding 101 Webinar

For those new to the model or who would like a refresher on its mechanics prior to the Community Forum, please listen to a brief webinar recording about the Coordinated Funding model available online here.  This webinar focuses on the history of the partnership and the current operating model.

Should you have any questions about either event, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Elisabeth Vanderpool (Elisabeth.Vanderpool@stjoeshealth.org).

Washtenaw Coordinated Funders Upcoming Grants Cycle Announcement

Announcement 

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:

  1. The Request for Information (RFI) is the first step in the process to understand the financial solvency, governance practices and organizational capacity of applicants.
  2. 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 23: 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. 
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.  RSVP is required: http://bit.ly/CoFuInfo

  • 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 15: 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.