Black Led Organizing Grant 2018
Before beginning your application, please
- Read the 2018 Grant Guidelines (this includes information about what we fund, how we make decisions, and our timelines for the year).
- Download these templates: Budget, Funding Sources, and Diversity Chart.
The Black Led Organizing grant will support community organizing led by and for Black communities and communities of African descent who are working to end anti-Black racism and discrimination, support and invest in Black leadership, and sustain movements for Black liberation to achieve a world where Black lives are no longer systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. This grant will therefore fund and help sustain the momentum of groups who are organizing to build power for Black communities and improve the quality of Black life in the Northwest. To be eligible groups must meet all other SJF eligibility criteria, have at least 51% Black leadership on their Board, steering committee, or other leadership body and must be explicitly working to effect systemic change.
SJF’s basic eligibility criteria (Applicants must meet these criteria):
- Be an organized group of people (we do not fund individuals).
- If your organization is a nonprofit with 501(c)3 or 501(c)4 status as determined by the IRS, or be a federally recognized American Indian tribal government or agency OR is fiscally sponsored by 501(c)3 or 501(c)4 organizations or by federally recognized tribal governments, you can apply.
- If your organization is not incorporated or fiscally sponsored, you can probably still apply, but you must speak with SJF program staff first.
- Be led by people who are most directly affected by the problems that the organization or project is addressing.
- Use a community organizing approach, as defined on page 3 of our Grant Guidelines.
- Carry out most of its work in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and/or Wyoming.
- Satisfy evaluation requirements for all previous Social Justice Fund grants.
- If you have not received a Social Justice Fund grant before, please fill out this brief pre-application questionnaire before you begin your application.
Make sure your application includes all of the following:
- 2018 Standard Grant Application Cover Sheet
- Narrative Questions
- Fiscal Status Letter (submit one of the following)
- IRS 501c3 or 501c4 letter, or Federally Recognized American Indian Tribal status letter
- Fiscal sponsorship letter
- Non-sponsored/Non 501c3 form (see Attachment A)
- Organizational Information:
- Diversity Chart
- Roster of all current members of your Board or your leadership body as defined by your organization (Please include names and email contact)
- Financial Information about the coalition: (Submit all of the following attachments as PDFs)
- Most recent completed (2017) Annual Statement of actual income and expenses
- Projected annual operating budget for the current year.*
- A Balance sheet. This is a snapshot of your financial status at the current moment: a brief, statement of your current assets, liabilities, and cash on hand. Upload in your own format.
- List of Funding Sources
- Optional: Project budget. Only include if requesting project-specific funds.*
*NOTE: For budgets, you may use your own format OR you may use the attached template.
If your coalition does not have any of the above financial documents, please upload an explanation of why you do not have said document(s) and to the best of your ability explain the financial activities and position of your organization in a narrative form.
8. Year-End Report ONLY IF you have previously received a grant from Social Justice Fund and your year-end report is past due.
We strongly prefer that you submit your application using our online portal. You may also submit your application by postal mail or email.
– Email: Include all attachments in a single email and address to firstname.lastname@example.org
– Postal Mail: Social Justice Fund NW – GRANT APPLICATION, 1904 Third Ave Suite 806, Seattle, WA 98101
Either way, your application MUST be received by 5:00pm PST on September 13th, 2018. If you have any questions, please call (206) 624-4081 x. 106 to speak to Karen Toering, Senior Project Manager at Karen@socialjusticefund.org.
|Please be prepared to provide the following information during the application process:|
|A brief description of your organization’s:
Note: Your entire application (narrative and all attachments) will be shared with all Giving Project members — volunteers from the community who will read and decide on the applications for this grant cycle. In addition, if SJF makes a grant to your organization, your narrative or portions thereof might be shared with the general public to illustrate the type of work we fund. If we share any portion of your narrative, we will always give credit to your organization.
|Additionally, you will be asked to provide the following documents:|
|List of Funding Sources (download Funding Sources template).
Include all funding sources, whether or not they will be directed to the work described in this proposal.
List a funding source as “pending” if you have submitted an application, but it has not been accepted or denied.
Do not neglect the final two columns of this form. Indicate whether or not the listed funding source will support general operating funds and/or the same work described in this proposal.
|Organizational Diversity Chart (Download Diversity template)
Please fill out this form to the best of your ability. Note that “Leadership Body” refers to the group of people who together make strategic decisions about the organization’s direction, provide oversight and guidance, and are ultimately responsible for the organization’s mission and ability to carry out its mission. In most cases, this will be a Board of Directors, but it might also be a steering committee, collective, or other leadership structure.
To be eligible for the Black Led Organizing grant, groups must meet all other SJF eligibility criteria, and have at least 51% Black leadership on their Board, steering committee, or other leadership body.
Do not neglect section 4 of this form, regarding the specific diversity category that are important to your organization. For example, if your organization works with day laborers, include day laborers as a diversity category. If refugees are an important part of your constituency, include refugees as a diversity category. Don’t just list the category; be sure to fill in the numbers for each.
|If your Year-End Report (for any prior grant from Social Justice Fund) is past due, please complete it prior to submitting your proposal. You will not be considered for a new grant if you have not fulfilled all prior reporting requirements. Sign in to SJF’s online grant application to complete your year end report.|
If you are a 501c3 or 501c4 organization, please submit your IRS status letter.
If you are using a fiscal sponsor, please provide a letter from the sponsor stating that it agrees to act as your fiscal sponsor and supports Social Justice Fund’s mission. Your fiscal sponsor does not need to submit any financial or other documents.
If you are an orgnaization but not a 501c3 or 501c4 or fiscally sponsored, please speak with an SJF staff member before applying. Social Justice Fund NW is able to make a limited number of grants to organizations that do not have 501c3/501c4 status. However such grants are awarded via a slightly different process, which you must review with us before applying. When you apply, submit Attachment A with your application.