Local Mission Grant Program

The First Pres Local Mission Community Grant Program awards grants to nonprofit organizations and ministries that care for and protect vulnerable people in Washtenaw County and Metro Detroit. We seek to provide pathways and opportunities for disadvantaged persons to become contributing members to society. We are particularly interested in partnering with organizations that meet basic human needs with effective programs and build communities. We value groups that tackle structural social inequities and are attentive to groups who engage in long-cycle solutions.
Funding Guidelines for 2021 Local Mission Community Grants
Each year the Local Mission Team undergoes a process of discernment, paying attention to the needs we recognize in our community. We identify the areas which seem the most urgent and place a priority on addressing those.
We invite applications for awards up to $5,000 that align with the following priority focus areas for 2021:
  • Increasing Access to Mental Health/ Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Increasing Access to Stable Housing
  • Moving People out of Poverty
Programs must:
  • Demonstrate the need for services and the experience to provide them.
  • Increase access to services for the most vulnerable people in our community.
  • Articulate how the program addresses inequities and disparities in resources.
  • Have a system in place for defining and measuring program outcomes.
  • Submit a Progress Report (by the end of the calendar year) on the use of the grant funds.
Organizations should also meet the following criteria:
  • Be based in Washtenaw County or Metro Detroit
  • Have 501(c)3 status or a fiscal agent that does.
  • Have an active board of directors.
  • Demonstrate solid financial standing.
  • Affirm that the organization does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, ethnicity, disability, race, color, ancestry, political affiliation, religion, sexual orientation, mental health disability or national origin.
Applications are due by Friday, May 7, 2021 and must include:
  • Completed application form CLICK TO ACCESS APPLICATION HERE
  • Narrative questions (2-3 pages)
  • Project budget if request is not for general operating support.
  • Organization’s budget for last year and this year, indicating percentage of income that is spent on programming, administration and fund-raising.
  • Current Board of Directors
Submit the completed application by email to: LocalMission@Firstpresbyterian.org
Applications will be evaluated by several members of the Local Mission Committee. Notification about awards will be made by June 4, checks sent by US mail before June 30, 2021. 
We welcome feedback about our application process, please contact us with comments or questions. We look forward to hearing from you!
Martha Kershaw                                                      Rev. Jay Sanderford
Local Mission Grant Coordinator                          Local Mission Staff Liaison
mdkershaw@sbcglobal.net                                   jsanderford@firstpresbyterian.org
(734) 645-7521                                                                     (734) 662- 4466

2020 Local Mission Community Grant Recipients:

  • Ozone House - Supportive Housing for at risk youth.
  • Habitat for Humanity - House of Faith home renovation
  • Community Action Network - Social Emotional Learning Program
  • Cass Community Social Services - Street Outreach Van
  • IHN at Alpha House - Family Homeless Shelter
  • Hope Medical Clinic - Psychiatry Services for uninsured people
  • Corner Health Center – Telehealth Services for at-risk youth
  • Friends In Deed – Support services to address poverty and prevent financial crisis
  • Peace Neighborhood Center – College and Career Prep Program
  • Riverside Gathering – weekly community meal at First Pres. Ypsilanti
  • Food Gatherer’s – Community Kitchen at Delonis Center

2019 Local Community Impact Grants Recipients

  • Ozone House - Mental Health for At Risk College Students
  • Habitat of Huron Valley - House of Faith
  • Fort Street Presbyterian – Community Garden and Nutrition Education
  • Cass Community SS - Lots for Tiny Homes
  • Hope Clinic - Mental Health for Uninsured
  • Community Action Network - Brick School Community Center
  • Community Action Network - Housing Support Program
  • (IHN) Alpha House – Family Shelter
  • Friends in Deed – Emergency Assistance
  • Peace Neighborhood - College Prep
  • Riverside Gathering - Weekly Dinner
  • Breakfast at St. Andrew's
  • ICPJ - Poverty Narratives

2018 Local Community Impact Grants Recipients

  • Breakfast at St. Andrew's
  • Food Gatherers
  • Fort Street
  • Hope Clinic
  • Riverside Gathering
  • Community Action Network
  • Corner Health Clinic
  • Cass Community Social Services
  • Habitat of Huron Valley
  • (IHN) Alpha House
  • Religious Action for Affordable Housing
  • Shelter Association
  • Peace Neighborhood
  • Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice/ICPJ
  • Interfaith Round Table
  • Friends in Deed

2017 Local Community Impact Grants Recipients

  • Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley, House of Faith
  • Food Gatherers
  • Corner Health Center
  • Cass Community Social Services
  • Friends in Deed
  • Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice/ICPJ
  • Alpha House
  • Shelter Association
  • His Eye is on the Sparrow
  • Riverside Community Gathering
  • Hope Clinic Food Programs
  • Family Learning Institute
  • Washtenaw Housing Alliance
  • Breakfast at St Andrew's
  • Hope Clinic Mental Health
  • Dawn Farm
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Community Action Network
  • House By Side Road
  • Interfaith Round Table
  • Dispute Resolution Center
  • Safe House
  • Intentional Communities of Washtenaw

2016 Local Community Impact Grants Recipients

  • Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice/ICPJ
  • Interfaith Roundtable
  • Community Action Network; Project at Mitchell Elementary School
  • Peace Neighborhood Center
  • House by the Side of the Road
  • St. Andrew's Breakfast Program
  • Food Gatherers, Special Project
  • HOPE Clinic Food Pantry
  • Riverside Community Meal Program, Ypsilanti
  • Alpha House
  • Friends In Deed
  • Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley, House of Faith
  • Religious Action for Affordable Housing
  • Shelter Association
  • Samaritan Counseling Center
  • Intentional Communities of Washtenaw
  • His Eye is on the Sparrow
  • Washtenaw Refugee Welcome