New Human Services Partnership Planning

New Human Services Partnership Planning

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.

Washtenaw County and City of Ann Arbor leadership will be meeting four times in early 2022 to finalize the framework for the New Human Services Partnership. 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 March 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

Equity Framework

Click here to view the New Human Services Partnership Equity Framework. The Equity Framework includes goals of human services funding, definitions of key components of the model, and examples to ground community in the new human services framework. The Equity Framework is a working document - last updated January 27, 2022.

Community Engagement Sessions (Summer 2021)

In August 2021, we conducted five virtual community engagement sessions with a total of 150 participants. Click here to learn more

Board of Commissioners Working Session (February 2022)

Click here to review the New Human Services Partnership presentation slides from the Board of Commissioners February Working Session.

New Human Services Partnership Safety Net Funding Round 

The 2022 New Human Services Partnership Safety Net Program funding round is currently open and available from March 27 through April 25, 2022. 

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OCED will be hosting two zoom info sessions:

When: Apr 8, 2022 02:00 PM

Register in advance for this meeting:  https://umich.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0tde6pqzsqHNP6sH6-xjAIoRhHHr25xaC8

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Watch the session on YouTube.

When: Apr 11, 2022 01:00 PM

Register in advance for this meeting:  

https://umich.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYof-2srzgvH9y4v4Wz6surVtMUk0pNeFfb

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.



Watch the session on YouTube.


Safety Net RFP 

The New Human Services Partnership 2022 Safety Net Grants Program Request for Proposals (RFP) has been released. To view the RFP, visit https://www.washtenaw.org/2431/Open-Bids. Find the RFP titled "REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL #8311 Human Services Partnership 2022 Safety Net Grants Program". Follow all submission instructions in the RFP on the County website as well as in the RFP application in Foundant. Please note that there will likely be updates to the proposal and frequently asked questions posted.  All updates and FAQs can be found on the Washtenaw County RFP website, so please check this website periodically for new information.

As a reminder, this is one of three funding rounds in the New Human Services Partnership. If your agency or group is not a fit for this funding, it’s likely you may be for a future funding round, including the mini-grants (expected this summer) and the High-impact grants (expected this fall/winter).

Community Reviewers

News Flash Covers (10) Opens in new windowServe your local community as a community funding reviewer! 

We're recruiting community reviewers from a wide range of experiences and backgrounds county-wide. 

Reviewers will receive training on how to review and score funding requests from local human service agencies and assist Washtenaw County officials with funding recommendations for three (3) New Human Services Partnership funding rounds.



There are three distinct funding rounds planned for 2022:
- Safety net services –This funding round is currently open (5-year grants)
- One- year mini-grants – intended to try out new ideas and/or work with newer agencies. This funding round is scheduled to open in the summer (1-year grants)
- High impact grants - Programs, systems, or initiatives providing new additive to current programming with high impact over time. This funding round is scheduled for the fall/winter of 2022. (5-year grants).

The first round of the review process will occur between May 2nd and May 6th 2022, with training at the end of April. The anticipated time commitment is 25-30 hours. We are looking for people with a wide array of experiences, backgrounds and perspectives, so we encourage you to apply even if you do not have any previous grant review experience. Reviewers will receive a $100 stipend for their time.

Apply today at bit.ly/NHSP-reviewers    |    Learn more here.

General Timeline

Human Services Partnership Timing*
Leadership Team Meeting #1January 26, 2022
Confirm equity framework for Human Services Partnership
Determine timing and parameters for funding rounds
Talk through details on safety net funding round for spring
Determine evaluator RFP review team
Finalize timing of approvals
Review overall timeline
Review draft communication to public
Communication to publicJanuary 28, 2022
Release Evaluator RFP January 30, 2022
Leadership Team Meeting #2February 2, 2022
Discuss funding strategy
Discuss outreach to other funding partners 
Discuss funding for evaluation
Leadership Team Meeting #3February 11, 2022
Finalize funding conversations
Determine if agencies can apply in more than one funding round
Discuss reviewer recruitment and training
Discuss MOU between partners and timing
County working session (5 p.m.)February 16, 2022
City Council update (7 p.m.)
February 21, 2022
Leadership Team Meeting #4 February 22, 2022
Review timing for safety net funding round
Confirm planning for Mini-grant (June)
Confirm timing for High Impact grant planning (Aug)
Provide follow-up communication to grantees

Finalize review committee recruitment/training/selection process

Review Committee Recruitment starts
February 28, 2022
Evaluator RFP closed
February 28, 2022
Evaluator RFP review and recommendationWeek of March 3, 2022
Update on evaluator selection to Leadership team
Evaluator support with RFP Equity review components 
Week of March 14, 2022
Safety net grant RFP releasedMarch 27, 2022
Review Committee SelectionsWeek of April 4, 2022 
Reviewer trainingWeek of April 18, 2022 
Safety net proposals due April 25, 2022
Review team review and recommendationsMay 2-6, 2022
Finalize recommendationsMay 13, 2022
Washtenaw County Board of Commissioner deadlineMay 13, 2022
City Council submission deadlineMay 18, 2022
Board of Commissioners meetingJune 1, 2022
City Council meetingJune 6, 2022
Approved contracts draft and routed for signaturesWeek of June 13, 2022 
Mini-grant funding round planning July 2022
Review and finalize framework 
Discuss outreach plan and application process to encourage accessibility
Review timing for mini-grant include training of review committee
Confirm and finalize funding level
Finalize communications
High Impact funding round planningSeptember 2022
Review and finalize framework
Discuss outreach plan 
Review timing for high-impact  include training of review committee
Confirm and finalize funding level
Finalize communications

* Please note: County and City leadership have agreed to the following timeline but it is subject to change. We will note changes here as they occur.

Best Practices in Other Communities & Additional Resources

County Publications, Data & Related resources

Equitable Funding Frameworks