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Grants and In-Kind Support to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States to Foster Economic and Social Opportunities for Low-Income Communities

Community Progress Makers


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Geographic Focus
USA: California: Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Marin, Merced, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura CountiesConnecticut: Fairfield CountyFlorida: Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach CountiesIllinois: Greater Chicago area, including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will CountiesMaryland: Montgomery and Prince George’s CountiesNew Jersey: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Passaic CountiesNew York City: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester CountiesNew YorkVirginia: Alexandria City, Arlington, Fairfax, Fairfax City, and Falls Church CityWashington, DC

Important Dates
LOI Date: 10/25/23
Deadline: 11/08/23 4:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants and in-kind support to California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington, DC nonprofit organizations to foster economic and social opportunities for low-income communities in eligible regions. Applicants must register and complete an eligibility questionnaire prior to submitting a full application.

Community Progress Makers is a Citi Foundation initiative aimed at supporting local community organizations connecting low-income communities to greater social and economic opportunity. The Foundation first launched the Community Progress Makers initiative in 2015 with a vision of empowering local community organizations to grow their transformative impact through unrestricted, trust-based funding.

Focus Areas:

  • Affordable Housing and Access, such as efforts to promote housing affordability; home ownership; and resident support services to help people more easily access employment, education, health, and childcare.
  • Economic Development, including the provision of technical assistance to small businesses; commercial corridor revitalization efforts; and green economy strategies that promote job creation.
  • Financial Health, such as efforts in delivering financial coaching; integrated financial capability services; and savings and asset building strategies.
  • Workforce Readiness, including organizations preparing young people and/or adults for careers and entrepreneurship.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility Criteria:
- Applicants must be tax-exempt public charities as per Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.
- Applicants must submit their most recent externally audited financial statements, including auditor’s notes, covering some part calendar year 2021 or a subsequent year.
- Applicants must have a mission and track record of serving low-income communities.
- Applicants must be located and working in one of the eligible geographies noted below:

Greater Chicago:
- Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, Will Counties

Greater Washington, D.C.:
- Maryland - Montgomery, Prince George’s Counties
- Virginia - Alexandria City, Arlington, Fairfax, Fairfax City, Falls Church City
- Washington, D.C. - District of Columbia

New York Tri-State:
- Connecticut - Fairfield County
- New Jersey - Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic Counties
- New York - Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Westchester Counties

Northern California:
- Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Marin, Merced, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus Counties

Southern California:
- Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Ventura Counties

South Florida:
- Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach Counties

The following organizations will not be considered:
- Private foundations
- Religious or fraternal organizations (unless they are engaged in projects that benefit the entire community)
- Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, sex, gender identity or expression, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran’s status or other legally protected personal characteristic or status
- Individuals
- Lobbying, political causes, campaigns, or candidates
- Organizations that require the use of a fiscal sponsor or agent
- Organizations that do not meet the eligibility criteria noted above

No portion of the funds may be used, directly or indirectly, for political or lobbying purposes.

Pre-Application Information
- Registration Opens: October 4, 2023
- Registration Deadline: October 25, 2023
- Application Deadline: November 8, 2023
- Round One Review: November-December 2023
- Round Two Review and Site Visits: Q1 2024
- Awards Announcement: Q2 2024
- Inaugural Convening (Location TBD): Q3 2024

Interested organizations must first register and confirm they meet the eligibility requirements to gain access to the Citi Foundation’s grantmaking platform and online application. The deadline to register to apply is 4 PM ET on Wednesday, October 25, 2023. All complete applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed.

A shortlist of organizations will be invited to the second round. Applicant organizations must submit their completed applications through the Citi Foundation’s online grant portal. The deadline to submit a completed application is 4 PM ET on Wednesday, November 8, 2023.

Pre-recorded applicant webinar:

Additional Funding Information

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Selected organizations will receive the following over three years:
- $1 million in unrestricted grant support
- Access to technical assistance from national experts and leading researchers
- Opportunities to connect and share learnings through webinars and local and national gatherings

Term of Contract
Community Progress Makers will receive a three-year grant.

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