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2018 Empowerment Fund: NEW INFORMATION SESSION DATE

UPDATE: NEW INFORMATION SESSION DATE ADDED

Friday, July 20: 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Memphis Slim Collaboratory (Memphis Slim House)
1130 College Street, Memphis, TN 38106

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR AN INFORMATION SESSION

 

Community LIFT is accepting applications for Empowerment Fund grants.  The Empowerment Fund provides financial support to grassroots leaders and organizations for community work that improves the quality of life in Memphis’ under-resourced neighborhoods.  Residents, business or property owners, and neighborhood associations can apply for grants of up to $2,500 to fund community-supported projects that promote community cohesion, improve the physical spaces in the neighborhood, cultivate financial stability, and/or assist neighborhood stakeholders in collaborative action.

Read the Request For Proposal for more details and for information on how to apply for funding. 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP)

Empowerment Fund Purpose:

The Empowerment Fund Grant Program is designed to build grassroots leader capacity by supporting neighborhood-based projects that lead to:

  • An increased belief that people can make a difference through grassroots efforts
  • More people engaged in innovative solutions to improve neighborhoods
  • More residents working towards collective action
  • Increased economic activity in under-resourced neighborhoods
  • More advocates for investment in under-resourced areas

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Projects must take place in Memphis, TN.
  2. Individual residents, property or business owners, neighborhood associations, or grassroots, place-based groups (total org budget must be less than $30,000) are eligible to apply.
  3. Projects must be carried out in the applicant’s neighborhood (applies to resident, neighborhood association, business owner or nonprofit group with budget under $30,000)
  4. Projects must focus on 1 of the 4 areas: People, Physical, Economic, Grassroots Organizing.
  5. Applicants must attend a Pre-Application Information Session before submitting an application. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR AN INFORMATION SESSION. Information session dates, times, and locations are listed below:

Monday, July 2: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Crosstown Concourse
1350 Concourse Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104
Suite 434

Monday, July 2: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38111 
Room A

Monday, July 9: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Community Foundation of Greater Memphis
1900 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

Monday, July 9: 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Community Foundation of Greater Memphis
1900 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

Friday, July 20: 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Memphis Slim Collaboratory (Memphis Slim House)
1130 College Street, Memphis, TN 38106

 

Projects/Items Not Eligible for Funding:

  1. Youth-based programs, including after-school, summer camp, recreational camps or programs
  2. Costs incurred before funding is awarded
  3. General operating costs (if non-profit organization)
  4. Individual elementary or secondary schools
  5. Alcoholic beverages, gifts or prizes
  6. General miscellaneous or contingency funding
  7. Contributions or donations to other entities
  8. Fines and penalties
  9. Lobbying
  10. Marketing expenses not associated with the project

Evaluation Process:

All applications will go through a review process by a volunteer-led grants review committee. The committee will evaluate applications according to the following criteria: Project Description/Community Need; Resident Engagement and Collaboration; Budget; and Project Plan

Award Notification Process:

  1. Awards will be announced on September 21, 2017.
  2. Projects must take place within 6 months of receiving grant disbursement check.
  3. All projects must be completed by September 30, 2019.

Application Deadline: Applications are due no later than 5:00PM on JULY 27, 2018. 

HOW TO APPLY

There are 3 ways to apply. Choose the best application method that works for you:

1. Submit an online application. CLICK THE GOOGLE FORM LINKED HERE TO COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION ONLINE.

2. Download a paper application. LOOK IN THE ATTACHMENTS SECTION BELOW. DOWNLOAD A PAPER APPLICATION, WRITE OR TYPE YOUR RESPONSES. EMAIL COMPLETED APPLICATION TO GRANTS@COMMUNITYLIFT.ORG.

3. Pick up a paper application. DROP BY OUR OFFICES AT 119 COURT, SUITE 100. SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION VIA MAIL OR EMAIL TO GRANTS@COMMUNITYLIFT.ORG.

For questions about the Empowerment Fund, contact Nefertiti Orrin at grants@communitylift.org

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