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Category (or Categories)

African Americans, Race / Ethnicity, Poverty

Funding Opportunity

(ACTIVE) African American Giving Initiative

Purpose

The focus of the African American Giving Initiative is to turn around negative trends experienced most strongly within the African American community. Through its annual grantmaking, the Giving Initiative supports projects and programs that directly reduce an identified disparity in the African American community and lead to systemic change. Collaboration with partners and/or the ability to replicate program achievements are also key components of a successful application. 

Typical Grant Size

Each year, the Giving Initiative members will determine how many grants and the size of the grants awarded based on the number and quality of the applications. Only grant proposals of $2,500 or more will be considered.

Here is a history of grants awarded:

2017: Three grants totaling $7,100 were awarded to support:

  • Gateways Music Festival 2017: Professional musicians of African descent from across the nation come to Rochester to perform and, in conjunction with local volunteer supporters, change the face of classical music. $2,500
  • Cameron Community Ministries: Supports the Respect & Responsibility for Boys Group, a special weekly component of its youth program. $2,100
  • University of Rochester: For a two-year, paid youth apprenticeship program that will provide hands-on work experience for under-represented junior and senior high school students in Rochester with an expressed interest in healthcare. $2,500

2016: The Judicial Process Commission received a $5,000 grant to assist African American ex-offenders as they re-enter the community by providing a mentor and job training opportunities.

2015: Three grants of $3,333.34 each were awarded to support:

  • Cameron Community Ministries: Strengthen the after-school program for 40 youth in the Lyell-Otis neighborhood.
  • Gateways Music Festival: This biennial festival, held in Rochester since 1995, celebrates the contributions of classical instrumentalists of African descent.
  • Group 14621 Community Association: Supports the Conkey Cruisers bicycling program that is changing the negative perception of exercise in that neighborhood.

2014: Group 14621 Community Association received $2,500 to support the Conkey Cruisers bicycling program.

2013: Gateways Music Festival received $5,200, the first-ever grant from the Giving Initiative.

Eligibility Criteria

Organizations in Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates counties with 501(c)(3) status that are actively working to reduce disparities that affect the African American community. Consideration also be given to initiatives that receive fiscal sponsorship from a 501(c)(3) organization.

Application Due Date(s)

Completed applications in a single PDF should be emailed by 5PM on Monday, April 16, 2018 to Grants@racf.org, or mail paper application to:

African American Giving Initiative Grantmaking Committee
c/o Rochester Area Community Foundation
500 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

All mailed applications must be postmarked by April 16, 2018.

Application

The application includes three parts:

1) Answers to six questions outlined in the application's Grant Opportunity overview;

2) A two-page Organization Sheet; and

3) A one-page Budget Sheet.

Complete all three and follow application instructions. Click here for application containing all three documents.

Contact

Simeon Banister
Rochester Area Community Foundation
500 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
585.341.4369
Grants@racf.org


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