General Foundation Grant

Each year, the WCC Foundation typically has discretionary income that the Foundation Board of Directors makes available to support faculty and staff activities that benefit students. Applications are reviewed by a committee comprised of Foundation Board members and community volunteers.

Deadline: May 1 each year

What do the General Foundation Grants fund?
These grants are intended to fund WCC projects or activities that directly benefit students. Activities that would not be eligible include, but are not limited to, funds for individual research projects, personal travel or other expenses, or payment for time spent on a project. Questions? Email

What is the approximate size of grants and how many are made each year?

The Foundation has awarded over $500,000 in grant funds since this competitive program was launched in 1998. These grants vary in size from $500–$10,000, and there have been anywhere from 8 to 25 recipients in a given year. There tends to be a lot of competition so proposals must be professional, compelling, well-reasoned, clear and concise.

Special attention should be paid to identifying clear goals and objectives and discussing methods of evaluating whether or not they are achieved. It is also important to demonstrate why funding is not available from the college budget.

How do I apply?
Download and submit the General Grant Application (PDF) either via campus mail or in person to the WCC Foundation (SC 304) before 5 p.m. on May 1. Signatures of Deans and Department Chairs are needed, so please allow sufficient time for them to approve and sign the application.

The H. Richard Crane Science Lab Endowment

The H. Richard Crane Science Lab endowment was established to build the capacity of science education within the departments of Life Sciences and Physical Sciences at Washtenaw Community College. Grants will be given for innovation in instruction, specifically lab instruction, including hands-on resources and both in class and supplementary access to resources. The endowment will make a total of $5,000 in awards each year, initially. There are two deadlines each year: July 15 and November 15. Download and submit the Crane Grant Application (PDF).

Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation Awards Grant

The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF) awards grants that make a powerful and positive difference to our community. They have multiple grant cycles each year with varying deadlines.

They make grants through funding programs that improve the quality of life in Washtenaw County. Focus areas include: Community Grantmaking, capacity building, racial equity & social justice, the African American community, seniors, youth, arts & culture, AAPS education, young Black men, and the Ypsilanti community. AAACF also awards scholarships, including the Morse B. Barker Memorial Scholarship specifically for WCC students.

For more information visit: Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.