New Human Services Partnership 

New Human Services Partnership 

After 10 years, the Washtenaw Coordinated Funding Partnership has ended. We are proud of the work done by Coordinated Funding (or COFU), and also excited for the opportunity to re-envision Human Services partnership in service of equity, and focused on addressing racism, poverty and trauma. As we work through this process, we want to make information and resources available to partners and community to provide access to information, as well as opportunities to engage and inform the process.

This webpage will evolve as the process evolves, so please check regularly for updates including ways to participate. Last updated August 2022.

Main Goals with New Human Services Partners:

  • Incorporate Equity into the process
  • Focus on addressing racism, poverty, and trauma
  • Incorporate lessons learned from COVID-19 response
  • Ease of process – for applicants and staff

Community Reviewers are still needed for the High Impact and Mini-Grant funding rounds. We are looking for Community Reviewers to represent the diversity of Washtenaw County and the racial and geographic diversity of the first group of community reviewers and hope to broaden the gender, income, and age diversity in the next group of reviewers. We encourage you to apply to participate in the Mini-Grant funding round community review process using the Community Reviewer Application.

Quick Links:

NHSP Meetings and Convenings  |   Human Services Partnership Timeline  |  Equity Framework and Resources  |  County Publications, Data, and Related Resources | Meetings and Convenings | Safety Net Grants

Current Funding Round - 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.

Proposal Requirements

RFP submissions will be accepted from Monday, August 22 through Friday, September 16

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: 

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

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)


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

(see above for registration link)

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 DueFriday, September 16
Finalize recommendations for future BOC and City Council MeetingsFriday, September 23