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

The Anne M. Hayes Program 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. The proposed program may be new, adapted from previous programs, or be an existing program applied to a new or expanded population.

In addition, one Community Impact Grant for the purpose of capacity-building is awarded to an agency in the amount of $10,000. Its purpose is to strengthen the an organization's infrastructure or management systems to better serve the organization's constituents.

An agency may apply for one or both of these Grants. Applications are reviewed and considered separately.

To qualify:
  • Agencies must have 501(c)(3) status and serve clients within Washtenaw County.
  • ​An agency is only eligible to receive an Anne M. Hayes Program Grant every three years.
  • Agencies are eligible for the Community Impact Grant regardless of whether they have received an Anne M. Hayes Program Grant in the last three years.

Online applications will be available March 20, 2023, and must be received by April 20, 2023, at 5pm.
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 Washtenaw County.

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
Program Grant
2023 Anne M. Hayes
Memorial Fund Program Grants
Community Impact Grant
The Community Impact Grant 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
M      10AM – 4PM
 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

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. Prior to 2022, social service workers from local agencies have contacted AATS volunteers on a case by case basis via a social services hotline. Payments were made for that client directly to housing, utility and health providers. This is no longer the process. All funds are now distributed via a grant process.

Two types of emergency grants, housing/utilities grants and health-related grants, replace the aid given out on a case by case via the AATS hotline. This change allows for more efficient distribution of funds by agencies best suited to meet these emergency needs.
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 2/15/2024 and 9/30/24) 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.

Applications will be available online beginning February 28, 2023 and must be submitted online and received by March 30, 2023, 5pm.

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.
2023-24 Emergency Grants
for Clients' Housing/Utilities
Health-Related Expenses
Grant Applications

Please review all Application requirements and deadlines.
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.