BLACK EMPOWERMENT WORKS GRANTS

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS! The deadline to apply is July 8 at 11:59 p.m.

United, We Can

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NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!

We are excited to open the Black Empowerment Works program. There are two ways to participate in the program: (1) Apply to be a grantee and (2) Apply to serve as a Reviewer, one of the people responsible for selecting the grantees.


APPLYING TO BE A GRANTEE

Each year, we seek to fund a diverse portfolio of ideas and programs, representing different focus areas, organizational structures, and communities. This grant opportunity is open to nonprofit organizations, for-profits/social enterprises, community coalitions and groups, and individuals who meet the eligibility requirements. Applicants may only submit one application per year, with request amounts ranging from $2,500 to $25,000.


ARE YOU ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE FUNDS?

To be considered for funding, your organization/work must meet the following requirements:

  • 60% of the leadership team identifies as Black. If applicable, at least 50% of the Board identifies as Black.

  • The work intentionally contributes to advancing the wellbeing of Black folks.

  • The work is rooted in or owned by the community, building change from the ground up.

  • The work is developed or informed by those most connected to and affected by the issue being addressed.

  • The work addresses a community need, opportunity, or challenge.

  • The work contributes to the vitality of the community rather than benefiting any private individual, group, or business.

  • You are intentionally focused on providing programming, support, or services to people or communities with limited access to resources.

For more details on the program and steps to applying, read the Grantee Information Packet (.PDF). We strongly encourage you to read this document before starting an application.

Create an account and begin the application below.


START YOUR APPLICATION NOW


Deadline to Apply: July 8 at 11:59 p.m.


APPLYING TO BE A REVIEWER

In the Black Empowerment Works program, community members make the investment decisions. We seek to bring together a diverse and engaged reviewer pool with representation across age, race/ethnicity, gender, geography, experience and perspective. No prior experience is required! All reviewers will receive training to prepare for the opportunity.


WOULD YOU MAKE A GOOD REVIEWER?

We are looking for people who are:

  • Active listeners, empathetic and relatable.

  • Active in their communities (however you define them, and preferably in support of Black folks).

  • Passionate about and/or connected to the mission of advancing the wellbeing of Black folks.

  • Able to commit to fully participating in the process, including completing training, application reviews and meetings. Program window: June 18 – August 24.

For more details on the process, time commitment and application, read the Reviewer Information Packet (.PDF). We strongly encourage you to read this document before applying.


APPLY TO BE A REVIEWER


Deadline to Apply: June 18 at 5:00 p.m.

ABOUT THE APPLICATION PROCESS

Step 1:

Grant applicant creates an account in the online portal & completes the eligibility survey. (Deadline: July 8 at 10 p.m.)

Step 2:

If deemed eligible, the applicant completes the full application form. (Deadline: July 8 at 11:59 p.m.)

Step 3.

Community reviewers read & evaluate the applications in teams. (July 16-July 30)

Step 4.

Reviewers hold 30-minute conversations with applicants to lear more about their work. (August 2-August13)

Step 5.

Reviewers make decisions using the written application and conversation information. (August 16-August 23)

Step 6.

Applicants receive individual communications about the reviewers' investment decisions. (August 24)

RESOURCES & CONTACT INFORMATION


Additional Information


BLACK EMPOWERMENT WORKS IN THE NEWS



For more information, contact:

Jena Bradley

Senior Manager, Community Impact 513-762-7118 | black-led@uwgc.org Email

Jena joined the United Way of Greater Cincinnati in 2014 and her passion exists at the intersection of public good, storytelling, and reallocating power. She believes that everyone has the ability to create positive change, but not everyone has equal access to the resources to do it; she wants to help change that. For questions about the Black Led Social Change program and any subsidiaries, email her at black-led@uwgc.org or call 513-762-7118.

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