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Staff Directory​​​

Dr. Missy Stults,
Sustainability and Innovations Director

​​​​​​​​Sustaining Ann Arbor Together (SA2T) Neighborhood Grant Program​​

The Sustaining Ann Arbor Together (SA2T) neighborhood grant program promotes and resources community-based activities in support of the City's sustainability and climate action goals.  The Office of Sustainability and Innovation ​under the City Administrator, has the primary responsibility for the SA2T program. SA2T helps neighborhood groups develop, resource, and complete small-scale improvement projects in the city's rights-of-way or on publicly owned property, including Ann Arbor Public School property.  The targeted grant amount is less than $10,000 (excluding neighborhood contributions); however, the city will accept applications for larger projects on a case-by-case basis. The total annual grant program funding is $100,000. The average grant takes 6-8 weeks for review and approval. 

​Examples of past projects

Project Name


Responsible Entity

Total Cost

SA2T Grant

New Wings for Old BikesRepurposing old bikes with in-need community membersCo​mmon Cycle​
Building Stock AnalysisConducting baseline energy and water assessment of all commercial buildings in 2030 DistrictAnn Arbor 2030 District$13,600$4,600
Capacity Building and Job Corps TrainingA job corps training program for at-risk young adultsNeutral Zone$26,450$10,000
Solar Power Curriculum for K-8Solar curriculum development for K-8 and a solar installationNorthside STEAM$25,352$10,000
A-Z Recycling Guide Becomes Zero Waste GuideDevelopment of a zero-waste guide and accompanying websiteRecycle Ann Arbor
Natural Play AreaInstallation of new, natural paly area at a local elementary schoolAnn Arbor Public Schools$175,663
Recuperative Care and Housing Crisis Stabilization Specialized Shelter ProgramsEquipment and supplies to operate Recuperative Care programs and offer a welcoming temporary shelter that fits clients' needs.Shelter Association of Washtenaw County$15,000$10,000

​30-Day Plant-Based Pledge
Support residents with being plant-forward for 30 days
Cultivating Action Through Responsible Education (C.A.R.E.) for Climate
​Support youth leadership around climate
​Ann Arbor YMCA

​Avalon Housing Pollinator Plantings
​Plant up to 20 pollinator habitat beds at multiple housing sites
​Avalon Housing

​Zero Waste Week Pilot
​Pilot a weeklong, zero waste challenge with Ann Arbor residents

Live Zero Waste

​Bins for Birders
​Supplies to support more people with birding and natural system conservation
​Washtenaw Audubon Society

​Demonstration of Carbon-Sequestered Bendable Concrete Sidewalk
​Demonstration at Leslie Science and Nature Center of Carbon-Sequestered Bendable Concrete Sidewalk
​University of Michigan and Leslie Science and Nature Center


Who can apply?

Applicants must have a “responsible entity" to apply for funds, meaning one of the following:

  • A neighborhood association (registered with the Planning Services Area);
  • Nonprofit entity registered with the State of Michigan

Application Checklist

Interested candidates can submit their SA2T grant application online. Information that will be requested include:

Part 1: Contact Information

  • Name of sponsoring organization (“responsible entity")
  • Name of individuals authorized to sign contracts and grant applications on behalf of organization
  • Contact information for project leader

Part 2: Project Information

  • Project name, description, and location
  • Estimated total project costs
  • Documents of approval from the owners of the property

Part 3: Sustainability Information

  • Statement of how the project will advance the Sustainability Framework Goals

Part 4: Grant Information

  • Grant request amount
  • Statement describing project “deliverables" and how results will be measured
  • Project timeline and completion date
  • Description of any other sources of project funding, including the cost-sharing proposal
  • Statement of how project will be maintained and funded in the future

Part 5: Signature

  • Completed and signed application form
  • Any additional attachments


The City will review applications on a rolling basis. Applications not accepted for a grant will be considered in future funding cycles unless otherwise noted. If a decision is made to fund your grant, a member of the review committee will be in touch with a grant agreement and other forms needing signature. The City will also work with you to schedule an announcement of your award.

Ready to Apply

If you're ready to apply, start your application now. ​

Program Proc​ess 

​City staff will review online applications to ensure they meet the intent and requirements of the program. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis, pending availability of funds.  City staff will not prepare grant applications for applicants. If you have questions about the viability of a potential project, please contact Missy Stults ([email protected]).​