IECF announces grant opportunity for local non-profit organizations
the Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF) announced on December 6 the opening of Community Impact Fund (CIF) 2021 grant applications. Qualifying nonprofits can apply for up to $ 20,000 to strengthen their work that prioritizes equity, inclusion and diversity in the communities they serve.
This call for applications launches the IECF’s milestone course in awarding grants from an equity perspective.
In March 2020, the IECF focused on racial, gender and economic equity. This focus will ensure that its staff and board of directors reflect the communities it serves. In addition, the IECF strives to offer grants that “build the voice and power of beneficiaries to transform their communities”.
In order to “create a more just inner empire,” CIF 2021 grants will explicitly support groups in Riverside and San Bernardino County who embrace and transmit these ideals. The organization uses data that shows where disparities exist in local communities to determine its granting priorities. The IECF also listens to community members and the organizations that serve them to understand where there is a struggle to achieve security, health and prosperity.
“The IECF wants to know more about organizations’ vision for diversity, equity and inclusion and their journey in terms of diversity, equity and inclusion, whatever its stage of development” , said IECF Senior Vice President, Grants and Community Impact, Celia Cudiamat, noted.
To be eligible, organizations must be a nonprofit public interest organization with proof of tax exempt status under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and unclassified as private foundations. The organization must have an operating budget of $ 2 million or less. Applicants must not discriminate in the hiring of staff or in the provision of services on the basis of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability.
Grants awarded are unlimited, for general operating costs, and can support efforts that enable an organization to achieve its mission by building organizational capacity and infrastructure. The maximum request and award is $ 20,000 for one year.
Applications must be completed and submitted by midnight January 17, 2022, through the IECF online process. Nonprofits interested in learning more about the grant process can attend a technical assistance workshop on January 6, 2022.
Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. Applications will be reviewed for eligibility and completeness by IECF program staff. The Grant Committee will assess eligible applications and forward grant recommendations to the IECF Board of Directors for final approval.
Funding priorities include demonstrating through the organization a commitment to practice and institutionalize equity, diversity and inclusion in governance, staffing, organizational practices and collaborative relationships. An organization’s mission, goals and programming must meet the critical needs of those most affected by racial, gender and economic inequalities. These core programs, services and activities should also be culturally and linguistically adapted to the needs of the people served. Applicants must also demonstrate that clients, voters and individuals most affected by inequality are involved in shaping the organization’s strategies and work.
“Our community is stronger when the voices of diverse, vulnerable and isolated communities are raised,” Cudiamat said. “People have access to opportunities and resources and can participate in decision-making to improve conditions and quality of life. “
For more information visit iegives.org/communityimpactfund or call (951) 241-7777.
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