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Black Giving Circle Fund 2019: Grant Opportunity


The Black Giving Circle Fund is pleased to announce its competitive grant opportunity that offers financial resources of up to $20,000 for one year to eligible nonprofits whose projects demonstrate benefit for the Greater Hartford Black community. 

Eligibility is restricted to organizations with a demonstrated record of service to the Black community. The funding requested should be for programs/projects that serve a majority of Black participants. The Black Giving Circle Fund’s membership will consider thoughtful and innovative proposals that provide direct services to members of the Black community.

All applications requesting the full amount or below will be fully considered. Applying for and/or being awarded the Black Giving Circle Fund grant will not preclude any agency from being eligible to apply/receive any other Hartford Foundation for Public Giving grant award.

Request for Proposals (RFP)

Purpose and Goals: The Fund is seeking proposals for projects that benefit the Black community. While over the years the Black community has made some positive advances, there are still unmet needs that disproportionately impact this community, requiring special and culturally competent consideration. The Black Giving Circle Fund is seeking strategies that build upon the community's strengths and assets to address such needs.

Eligible Applicants: The Fund will consider proposals from individual organizations or collaborative proposals by multiple organizations that have a successful record of serving the Black community in the Greater Hartford region. All applicants must be federally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, or use a fiscal agent that is a 501(c)(3). The applicant/co-applicants must demonstrate a track record of serving a majority of Blacks and detail how the proposed project builds upon that success.

Eligible Requests for Funding: Requests for funding can be for any program/project enhancement or strengthening, equipment/capital project, or capacity building need. All funding opportunities must be focused on the enhancement or advancement of the Black community at-large or for a particular subset of the Black population. The funding requested should be for programs/projects that serve a majority of Black participants.

Eligible funding requests should include one of these areas: Establishing a new or innovative program/service; expanding access to an existing program/service; enhancing practices; purchasing equipment and/or renovation improvements; or building agency infrastructure that advance the Black community (In general, these funds are not meant to maintain the current activities or level of service).

Selection Criteria: All projects should clearly articulate:

  • Community Need – highlight the unmet community need and how the need was determined.
  • Community Input – explain how community input was obtained for this project.
  • Target population – identify the subset of the Black population that is serviced/engaged.
  • Organizational capacity- articulate what makes the organization uniquely positioned to address this need.
  • Quality of the proposed project – demonstrate the extent to which the proposal is based on best practices or credible research and why the approach was chosen?
  • Management of funds – detail use of funds and the cost-effectiveness of the project
  • Impact – list the expected outcomes. Describe how the outcomes will be measured.
  • Sustainability – detail how the project will continue beyond the grant period

Eligibility: Successful applications will:

  • Demonstrate a track record of serving Blacks in the past, present and future.
  • Serve a majority of Black participants
  • Communicate a clear mission and show a record of filling a demonstrated community need
  • 501(c)(3) or fiscally sponsored status with annual operating budgets
  • Articulate the organizational or community need the project will address

Technical Assistance: A technical assistance meeting will be held on July 9 at 9:00 a.m. at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving (10 Columbus Boulevard, 7th Floor, Hartford, CT 06106) to provide technical assistance and answer any questions that you may have regarding the application and/or the application process. Please direct any questions or clarifications to Dawn Grant (dgrant@hfpg.org or 860-548-1888, ext. 1039) or Chari Chester Anderson (canderson@hfpg.org or 860-548-1888, ext. 1016). All technical questions should be directed to Grants Administration (grantsadministration@hfpg.org) or 860.548-1888).

Grant Award: The Black Giving Circle Fund expects to fund a grant request of up to $20,000 for one year.

 

Key Dates

Issuance of Request of Applications
June 17, 2019

Technical Assistance Meeting 
July 9, 2019
9:00 a.m.
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
7th floor

Applications Due
August 16, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.

Black Giving Circle Fund Grantmaking Meeting
November 13, 2019

 

Application

Click here to apply

To complete the online application, please click on the link that was provided in the cover email.

If you have used the Foundation's online application system for previous grants, please use your organization's log-in information created at that time. If you have not used the system, please create an account by clicking the "new applicant" link underneath the space where the email address is entered. After submission of your completed application, you will receive a system-generated confirmation email.

Each agency is invited to submit one application including all attachments. The deadline is August 16, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Please direct any questions or clarifications to Dawn Grant (dgrant@hfpg.org 860-548-1888, ext. 1039) or Chari Chester Anderson (canderson@hfpg.org or 860-548-1888, ext. 1016). All technical questions should be directed to Grants Administration (grantsadministration@hfpg.org) or 860.548-1888).

 

Please note: Proposals will be reviewed by the Black Giving Circle Fund members. The Fund's steering committee may request a site visit during the application review process. Applicants under consideration will be required to attend the grantmaking meeting on November 13, 2019 (5:30 - 8:00 p.m.) and give brief presentations of the proposed project to members of the Black Giving Circle Fund in attendance (up to 70 members). The presentation will be 10-15 minutes and presenters should be prepared to answer questions about the proposal.

 

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