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Organizations in Eligible Areas to Benefit the Black Community

Advancing Equity in Education Grants

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The Winston-Salem Foundation - Black Philanthropy Initiative (BPI)

Deadline Date:

05/16/22 Midnight

Description:

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Grants of up to $15,000 to North Carolina nonprofit organizations, public schools, IHEs, and faith-based organizations in eligible areas for programs that benefit the Black community. Funding is intended to support activities and projects that address racial disparities in the local education system. The goal of the grant program is to ensure that students of color, especially Black students, can learn in a supportive environment that respects their humanity, upholds their dignity, and has the resources to provide students with the space to learn, grow, and thrive. Eligible programs benefit the Black community in Forsyth County.

BPI wants to ensure that students of color, especially Black students, can learn in a supportive environment that respects their humanity, upholds their dignity, and has the resources to provide students with the space to learn, grow, and thrive. BPI recognizes that the pandemic has only heightened systemic inequities that continue to prevent Black students from thriving. BPI will support grant proposals that:

  • Are designed with a focus on racial equity to ensure all K-12 and higher education systems have the support they need so that every student thrives.
  • Are designed to make a positive impact on students of color with an explicit focus on Black students.
  • Are making an impact within Forsyth County, NC.

Potential grant requests could include those that address remote learning access issues, disciplinary policies and practices that negatively impact students of color, and implicit bias training for educators.

Overall, BPI is looking for proposals that address systemic barriers that make it more difficult for students of color to reach their full academic potential.

Priority will be given to:

  • Black-led groups/organizations (organizations with more than 50% of Black staff in leadership positions and/or more than 50% of board members are Black)
  • Public schools with a high population of Black students
  • Organizations and programs that invest directly in predominately Black schools and/or neighborhoods (including 27101, 27105, and 27107)
  • Organizations/schools that are actively engaging students, parents, and/or educators in helping to guide the organization’s work in education and determine its goals
  • Organizations/schools that did not receive a 2021 Equity in Education grant from BPI

Examples of the types of grants BPI will support can be found at https://wsf-public.s3.amazonaws.com/bpi/2022+BPI+Equity+in+Education+Grant+Guidelines+-+FINAL.pdf#page=2.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 193147

Estimated Size of Grant:

An organization may submit one application for any amount up to $15,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants are typically made for one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) organizations, public school or higher education institutions, or a faith-based organization. Organizations that do not have a 501(c)(3) may use an organization with one to serve as a fiscal agent.

BPI will not fund the following:
- Programs or organizations that discriminate based on ethnicity, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veterans’ status
- Programs that proselytize or promote any particular religion or sect, or deny services to potential beneficiaries based upon religious beliefs
- Individuals, including direct scholarships
- Scholarship funds for general educational programs. Funds to support educational expenses will be considered if tied to the focus areas in these guidelines. This funding should be part of a larger program.
- Programs that focus only on providing subsidies for childcare, health insurance, housing, or any other similar services (A small portion of the project budget may be used for these items if they are part of a larger project.)
- Programs that focus only on providing direct financial assistance to meet the immediate needs of individuals (A small portion of the project budget may be used for these items if they are part of a larger project.)
- For-profit organizations
- Capital campaigns, annual campaigns or fundraising events, endowment campaigns, or retirement of debt
- Political campaigns or other partisan political activity
- Projects scheduled to be completed before the notification of funding decisions for this grant cycle

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline::
- Monday, April 4 – Application opens
- Monday, May 16 (midnight) – Application deadline
- Week of June 30 – Notification of funding decisions

How to Apply:
Apply online. The application contains brief organizational questions followed by a few open-ended questions. BPI will schedule brief phone calls with applicants during the first two to three weeks in June to learn more about their proposals.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:
https://forms.wsfoundation.org/220906047196861

Direct questions to:
Shamika Strake, strategic initiatives officer
sstarke@wsfoundation.org or (336) 604-5160

The Winston-Salem Foundation
751 West Fourth Street, Suite 200
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
(336) 725-2382
info@wsfoundation.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina: Forsyth County

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