The Ann Arbor Thrift Shop accepted applications from qualified social service agencies with designated 501 (c) (3) status to receive an Anne M. Hayes Grant and/or a Community Impact Grant.

The Anne M. Hayes Grant is funded from the income of the Anne M. Hayes Memorial Fund, with grants ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 for the purpose of programming. In addition, one Community Impact Grant for the purpose of capacity-building is awarded to an agency in the amount of $10,000.

An agency may apply for one or both of these Grants. Applications are reviewed and considered separately. Please note that only agencies serving clients within the Greater Ann Arbor area are eligible for these grants.

An agency is only eligible to receive an Anne M. Hayes program grant every three years. All agencies were eligible for the Community Impact Grant this year regardless of whether it has received an Anne M. Hayes Grant in the last three years.

The following agencies were awarded Anne M. Hayes Grants:
  • Jewish Family Services – Immigrant Food Program
  • Children's Literacy – Book PALS
  • Michigan Prison Doula Care
  • Foster Care Closet

Community Impact Grants were awarded to:
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Foundations PreSchool
  • Friends in Deed
  • Children's Literacy​
The Anne M. Hayes Memorial Fund was established in 1996 by Douglas A. Hayes, professor emeritus of Finance at the University of Michigan, in memory of his late wife Anne, a civic leader and longtime Ann Arbor Thrift Shop volunteer. The income from the endowment fund is distributed annually to social service agencies serving clients in the Ann Arbor area.

The Ann Arbor Thrift Shop has given more than $1.5 million
to the Ann Arbor community over the past 5 years.
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Anne M. Hayes Memorial Fund Grant
2022 Anne M. Hayes
Memorial Fund Grants
Community Impact Grant
The Community Impact Grant, introduced in 2019, is a capacity-building grant. Its purpose is to strengthen an organization's infrastructure or management systems to better serve the organization's constituents. One grant in the amount of $10,000 is awarded.
Community Impact Grant
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 Tu     10AM – 4PM
Wed           Closed
Th     10AM – 4PM
Fr     10AM – 4PM
Sat   10AM – 1PM
Sun            Closed​

3500 Suite K Washtenaw  Ave
Ann Arbor  MI 48104
(across from Arborland)

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Emergency Aid Grants for 2022-23

Since 1932, the AATS has provided emergency aid to fill the financial gaps that individuals and families in our community may face as they struggle to be safely housed or meet health needs. Clients that have been assisted include the working poor, recently unemployed, those struggling with substance abuse, homelessness or other emergency challenges. In recent years, social service workers from local agencies have contacted AATS volunteers on a case by case basis via a social services hotline and payments have been made for that client directly to housing, utility and health providers.

Two new types of Emergency Grants, Clients' Housing/Utilities Grants and Health-related Expenses Grants, will replace the aid given out on a case by case via the AATS Hotline. This change will more efficiently and effectively allow aid to reach those in need on an expedited basis.
Two types of annual Emergency Grants replace the AATS Hotline. Grants are awarded for a 12 month period, and funds distributed monthly. The total amount requested for one or both Emergency Grants must range between $5,000 — $50,000.

To qualify for these grants, your organization must meet all the following requirements:

  • 501(c)(3) status and serve Washtenaw County clients with emergency housing, utilities or health-related needs. 
  • Ability to make direct payments to providers for Washtenaw County clients’ emergency housing, utilities or health-related needs.
  • Ability to submit two reports (due 2/15/2023 & 9/30/23) to the AATS that summarize payments for Washtenaw County clients’ housing, utilities and/or health-related emergency needs that utilized AATS grant funds.

Your organization may apply for both the Clients’ Housing/Utilities Grant and/or the Clients’ Health-Related Expenses Grant. The total requested (up to $50,000) will be the total amount for all Emergency Grants that your organization is applying for on this application.

Grant awards were made in May and applicants notified.

The Ann Arbor Thrift Shop (AATS) awards annual grants to social service agencies for client programs and to help improve an agency's capacity to serve clients. Qualifying 501(c)(3) organizations may apply for any or all of these different grants. The application period for all grants is over for 2022 and will reopen in early spring, 2023.
2022-23 Emergency Grants
for Clients' Housing/Utilities
Health-Related Expenses
Grant Applications

The application period for all grants is over for 2022 and will reopen in early spring, 2023.
In the News

The Ann Arbor Thrift Shop was featured on Lucy Ann Lance's "Community Cares" segment that aired on 1290WLBY. Lucy Ann interviewed president-elect Cathi Duchon about our new distribution model for emergency aid grants for 2022-23.