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Nellie Mae Education Foundation launches Rapid Response Grant Fund (COVID-19) – United States

Nellie Mae Education Foundation launches Rapid Response Grant Fund (COVID-19) – United States

Deadline: Ongoing

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation is seeking applications for its Rapid Response Grant Fund to respond to the hate crimes and bias against Asian American communities resulting from COVID-19.

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The Foundation has allocated resources for the Racism is a Virus Too rapid response grant fund to support Community Based Organizations (CBOs) that provide services for AAPI communities.

The Foundation will provide urgent support to organizations for activities including, but not limited to: holding community meetings, crisis response, culturally responsive trainings for schools or districts, culturally sensitive therapy, community healing, racial solidarity efforts with organizations serving other People of Color (ex. Latinx, Black, etc.), or other activities intended to hold space for AAPI community members.

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They realize that some of activities named as examples of responsive actions or strategies may not be feasible at the moment given the current context, and the Foundation is open to supporting the AAPI community in ways that are responsive to the needs of community.

The Foundation is especially interested in projects that promote the safety and well-being of AAPI students in schools, and efforts that seek to promote cross-racial solidarity during these challenging times.

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Funding Information

Organizations with budgets under $500,000 who have previously and historically been unable to access and benefit from philanthropic dollars are strongly encouraged to apply, although the Foundation also welcomes proposals from organizations with budgets that exceed $500,000.

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Rapid response funding will not support the following requests:

Requests from individuals or religious groups
Capital campaigns
Scholarships or fellowship programs
Debt reduction or cash reserves
Building construction or renovation
Long-term operating or programmatic support.
Selection Criteria

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Grant request must respond to a time-sensitive, unanticipated event or urgent challenge or need in communities. This grant is not intended to support ongoing programs and projects.
Nonprofits, Community-Based Organizations, schools or districts in New England working in and with communities of color serving parents, youth, and/or educators on transforming barriers to racial equity in public education.
The Foundation supports and funds education organizations that are classified as public charities.
Organizations other than schools or districts must have 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2) tax status or be fiscally sponsored by an education organization with 501(c)(3) tax status and 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2). The Foundation cannot provide grants to 501(c)(3) organizations with a 509(a)(3) status.
Organizations may apply for a rapid response grant at any time but can only receive one rapid response grant within a 12-month period.
Request amount should not exceed $15,000.
The project must be completed within six months of receiving a rapid response grant.
For more information, visit https://www.nmefoundation.org/grants

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