New Human Services Partnership 

New Human Services Partnership 

After 10 years, the Washtenaw Coordinated Funding Partnership 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 January 2024. 

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

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 | Mini-Grants | High Impact Grants

The 2024 New Human Services Partnership Mini-Grant funding round is now open. See below for details.

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

Request for Proposal 

Download the full RFP #8586 here.

Proposal Requirements

RFP submissions will be accepted from Friday, January 12 through Friday, February 16, 2024.

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

Timeline for Mini-Grant Funding Round (2024)


Mini-Grant RFP Applicant OpensFriday, January 12, 2024
Mini-Grant RFP Pre-Bid MeetingMonday, January 29, 2024

Last day to submit questions regarding RFPFriday, February 9, 2024
Answers to questions posted/emailedMonday, February 12, 2024
Proposals DueFriday, February 16, 2024
Community Review team reviews applications/makes recommendationsMonth of March 2024
Recommendations to County Board of Commissioners and City Council
April 2024
Grant Start Date for Awardees
July 1, 2024