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Blackstone Innovation Grants

Grants to USA, Canada, & International
Nonprofits to Strengthen Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Blackstone Charitable Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/12/15 8:00 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and Territories, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations that are actively working to strengthen an entrepreneurial ecosystem, defined as a target population, industry, or geographic region. Organizations may apply for one of two tracks:

1. BIG Program/Project Challenge Grant:
Organizations may apply for funding for a specific program/project (new or existing) that addresses a systemic challenge facing entrepreneurial ecosystems. In order to apply, an organization must clearly articulate the challenge (what you will be solving for), and must demonstrate how the program/project will address the challenge with a new or innovative approach over a one-year period. The challenge and program should affect (or have the potential to affect) a large population, serving as a model that could be replicated nationally or globally in future years.

2. BIG Event Grant:
Established organizations may apply for funding for a specific event or convening, or a specific track within a larger event, that accelerates the conversation around entrepreneurship on a regional, national, and/or global scale. The event must convene key influencers, decision makers, and practitioners in entrepreneurship and should have clearly articulated goals to make a lasting impact on an entrepreneurial ecosystem.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162172

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$5,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

The majority of grants awarded will be between $250,000 and $500,000.

Term of Contract:

BIG Programs/Projects must address the challenge with a new or innovative approach over a one-year period.

BIG Events must take place between February 1, 2016 and January 30, 2017.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility for BIG Program/Project Challenge Grants:
- To apply for this track an organization must be exempt from USA federal income tax pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) and classified as a public charity under section 509(a)(1) or section 509(a)(2) of the Code (or a non-United States organization able to demonstrate that it is the legal equivalent of a public charity).
- Organizations must be at least three years old and have an annual operating budget greater than $1,000,000.

Eligibility for BIG Event Grants:
- For this track, a strong preference will be given to events that are hosted (at least in part) by an organization that is exempt from USA federal income tax pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) and classified as a public charity under section 509(a)(1) or section 509(a)(2) of the Code (or a non-United States organization able to demonstrate that it is the legal equivalent of a public charity).
- Host organization must be at least three years old and must have an annual operating budget greater than $1,000,000.
- Funded events must include a minimum of 200 participants.
- Host organization must have a proven track record of success in planning and executing events.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted online at one of the following two links:

1. Click here for the BIG Event Grant Application: https://app.wizehive.com/appform/login/bigevent2015
2. BIG Program/Project Grant Application: https://app.wizehive.com/appform/login/programproject2015

Applications must be received (fully uploaded) no later than 8:00 PM ET on Monday, October 12, 2015.

Prior to submitting your application please review the FAQ’s found within the RFP (attached below).

Contact Information:

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

If you have additional questions, please contact the Foundation team at Foundation@Blackstone.com.

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Israel

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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