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About our 2023 grant opportunity
The Black Fund at the Austin Community Foundation exists to harness the power of Black-led organizations and uplift solutions to benefit the Black community in Central Texas. Driven by data and community voices, we strive for an equitable, just society that nurtures the growth, economic security, and wellness of Black people.
Each grant cycle, The Black Fund will invest in organizations and initiatives in the following strategy areas:
- Education: support successful educational outcomes for Black people.
- Health & Wellness: advance the mental, physical, and spiritual health and wellness of Black Central Texans.
- Power Building, Organizing, & Advocacy: support urgent, emergent, and ongoing efforts that harness the collective power of Black people as a means of challenging, redesigning, or uprooting systems to continually move us towards an equitable society.
- Wealth Building: close the racial wealth gap for Black Central Texans by providing an ecosystem of support resulting in increased individual and shared growth and prosperity
- New! Arts, Culture & Preservation: support programs and organizations that directly invest in the creative and cultural contributions of Black artists of all kinds as a means of expressing, celebrating, preserving, and advancing the legacy of Black people.
Before applying for a grant from the The Black Fund, please review our impact areas and data reports to ensure your work is aligned with our mission. Learn more >
Grant Application Resources
- Organizational Readiness Tool: We encourage all organizations interested in applying to use our organizational readiness tool to determine if this grants cycle is right for your organization and, if so, which signature program(s) align best with your organization.
- Scoring Rubric: We recommend that all applicants review the scoring rubric to get a better of understanding of the type of criteria that will be applied to your proposal and to guide you in submitting a successful application.
- Application Release Webinar: Watch our webinar recording for an overview of The Black Fund and its strategy areas, eligibility requirements, details about this year’s application process, and tips for applicants.
Applications must be submitted by organizations or initiatives that are Black-led. For the purposes of this grant application, Black-led is defined as:
- Black-identified Executive Director, CEO, or Project Lead and
- At least 50% of Board Black-identified or at least 50% of staff Black-identified
Other qualifications include:
- Nonprofit applicants must be working in the six county Central Texas region, which includes: Travis, Burnet, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, and Williamson counties.
- Organizations must be tax-exempt under Sections 501(c)3 or 170(b)(1)(a)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Code, operate with a fiscal sponsorship, and/or be a unit of government.
A fiscal sponsor is a nonprofit organization that provides fiduciary oversight, financial management, and other administrative services to help build the capacity of charitable projects. For the purposes of this grant application, the following organization has been identified as a potential fiscal sponsor:
Applicants interested in applying through a fiscal sponsor should reach out directly to the organizations listed above.
Proposals will be considered from the following:
- Organizations that engage in non-lobbying advocacy work. Organizations doing systems change level work such as educating the public about issues, community organizing, policy research and other non-lobbying advocacy activities may apply.
- Religious organization that engage in non-religious programming. Religious organizations will need to demonstrate that their work aligning with The Black Fund strategies is secular in nature and does not discriminate against any employees or clients based on religion.
- Application opens: Thursday, June 1, 2023, by 12 p.m. CT
- Application Release Webinar: Thursday, June 15, from 12 – 1:30 p.m. CT
- Applications due: Monday, July 31, at 5 p.m. CT
- Zoom Learning Sessions with semifinalists: Tuesday, October 17 – Friday, November 10
- Award decisions announced: Friday, December 1, by 5 p.m. CT
If you believe your organization is a good fit for our grant opportunity, please submit an application through our grant portal below.
All applications are due 5 p.m. CT on Monday, July 31, 2023.