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Black Philanthropy Initiative: Impact Grants Program (US)

Black Philanthropy Initiative: Impact Grants Program (US)


Deadline: 05-Aug-21

The Black Philanthropy Initiative has launched Impact Grants Program that aims to support issues impacting Black communities in Forsyth County BPI’s Impact Grants are investments in local programs, projects, and initiatives.

In particular, this program is looking to invest in Black-led organizations/groups with annual budgets of less than $150,000, recognizing that there are local groups/organizations doing impactful work that are newer and/or have smaller budgets than their counterparts.

BPI recognizes that there are groups/organizations doing powerful work in the Black community that may not align with BPI’s current focus of equity in education. Therefore, in this grant cycle BPI is looking to make investments in work focused on the four key areas in its Rethinking Philanthropy report (education, jobs and wages, poverty, and civic engagement) as well as criminal justice reform or racial justice efforts. BPI is requesting video applications to help minimize the time it takes for organizations to apply.

Funding Information

Grants of up to $1,000 will be available.

BPI’s Impact Grants may be used for general operating expenses and/or a specific program or project.
The BPI Grants Committee will make grant decisions based on eligibility, current and potential impact of the organization/project and demonstrated dedication and passion for the work.
Strong preference will be given to:

Black-led groups/organizations (organizations with more than 50% of Black staff in leadership positions and/or more than 50% of board members are Black).
Organizations and programs that work within predominately Black neighborhoods.
Eligibility Criteria

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Your work/project must focus on education, jobs and wages, poverty, and civic engagement, criminal justice reform, or racial justice efforts.
Your work/project must specifically impact the Black community in Forsyth County.
Your organization must have an annual budget size under $150,000.
If you do not have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, you must either have a fiscal agent that has one or an organizational bank account. Businesses and other types of for-profit entities are ineligible for funding.
You must not proselytize or deny services based upon religious beliefs.
For more information, visit https://www.wsfoundation.org/strategic-initiatives/black-philanthropy-initiative

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