Local Mission Grant Program

The Local Mission Committee looks forward to receiving your grant application. We will continue to focus on the priorities we had established previously, with the recognition that many organizations will have needed to make changes to their operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, If you have already sent your application, you may submit any amendments before the new deadline of May 31.

About the Grant Program

The First Pres Local Community Mission Grant Program is a process that awards grants to nonprofit organizations and ministries that care for and protect the vulnerable in Ann Arbor, 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.

The 2020 Grant Application will continue the process we introduced in 2016 and reflects our intention to define the goals of our Local Mission efforts and to point our resources at vulnerable people and communities. We also strive to respect our community partners in how we ask them to use their limited time and resources while making this application.

Funding Guidelines for 2020 Local Community Impact 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. Programs must align with one or more of these priorities to be considered eligible for grant awards.

Local Mission Grant Awards

We invite applications for Local Community Mission Impact Grant Awards up to $10,000 in these priority focus areas:

  • Community Mental Health/ Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Shelter, Housing and Homelessness


for Local Community Mission Grant Awards of $1,000- $5,000 in any of these focus areas:

  • Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment (Improving access to services for low-income individuals)
  • Health and Dental Services (Improving access for low-income individuals)
  • Shelter, Housing and Homelessness (Improving access to secure housing)
  • Hunger, Food and Nutrition (Improving access to healthy food)
  • Emergency Assistance & Coordination of Care (Responding to and preventing crises that would lead to increased poverty, including services for immigrants)
  • Social Justice, Advocacy and Education (Addressing the roots of poverty)
  • Cradle to Career (Increasing safety and school readiness/success of low-income children)
  • Vulnerable Elderly (Increasing safety and independence of low income- elderly)

Project grants submitted should also meet the following criteria:

  • Be local in nature (Washtenaw County and Metro Detroit)
  • Be associated with an organization with 501 (c )3 status
  • Not duplicate services already provided in the same area
  • Have an active board of directors
  • Demonstrate potentially significant impact/outcomes
  • Have a system in place for defining and measuring program outcomes for participants
  • Have a distinct program budget, showing income and expenses that are specific to the program
  • Must affirm that the agency 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
  • Must submit an End of the Year Report (by the end of the calendar year) on the use of the First Pres Local Community Grant Funds

The deadline for First Pres Local Community grant requests is Sunday, May 31, 2020. Members of the First Pres Local Mission Team will review eligible applications and make every effort to notify you of our decision by the end of June. Notification of funding recommendations will be made by mail to the address provided in the organization’s application.

How to Apply

  • Application deadline is Sunday, May 31, 2020.
  • No hand-written proposals.
  • Submit one (1) copy of each listed document.
    • Brief cover letter
    • Completed application form
    • Narrative questions (3-4 pages)
    • Project budget
    • Organization’s budget for last year and this year, indicating percentage of income that is spent on programming, administration and fund-raising (annual report for 2018 and 2019 acceptable)
    • 501c(3) IRS designation letter or statement of a fiduciary relationship from your fiscal agent
    • Current not-for-profit or agency board roster
  • Submit the completed application by email to: LocalMission@Firstpresbyterian.org

We welcome feedback about our application process, please contact us with comments or questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Martha Kershaw
Local Mission Chairperson

Rev. Jay Sanderford
Local Mission Staff Liason
(734) 662-4466

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