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Communities of Color Nonprofit Stabilization Fund (CCNSF)

Grants to New York City Nonprofits Serving
Communities of Color for Capacity Building Activities

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Foundation / Corporation

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New York Urban League (NYUL), Asian American Federation (AAF), Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF), Hispanic Federation (HF) and Black Agency Executives

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Deadline Date:

10/22/21 5:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $45,000 to New York City nonprofit organizations providing direct social services to communities of color to strengthen organizational capacity. Applicants must complete the required registration prior to applying. Funding is intended to help support nonprofit board development, organizational operations, and financial management improvements to better meet the needs of Asian, Latino, and Black communities.

The purpose of the CCNSF capacity-building program is to help organizations identify and address their most pressing organizational needs. Organizations can apply for funding in one of seven areas. 

  1. Management information systems design and development: This includes securing and/or designing software and building-related staff skills necessary for managing work more effectively (e.g., tracking client demographic data, service utilization, and progress toward outcomes).
  2. Financial management and planning: This includes assessment, planning, and development of financial systems, as well as staff skill-building to improve reporting systems and enable organizations to identify the most cost-effective services.
  3. Evaluation and outcomes system development: This includes efforts to implement systems to keep information related to client needs, referral sources, and services provided; implement systems to measure and/or service recipient satisfaction and/or service recipient outcomes; develop programmatic success measures; and develop evaluation capacity.
  4. Leadership development: This includes leadership succession planning; creation and implementation of volunteer management/recruitment plan; management/leadership training for staff; training for board of directors; and creation of board policies.
  5. New program planning and development: This includes conducting a needs assessment of community needs and assets, planning of new programs through research on effective practices, and staff development in support of the new initiatives.
  6. Strategy and organizational development: This includes efforts to create a staff performance review process; a strategic or operational/annual plan; a communications or marketing plan; and a fundraising or donor development plan.
  7. Collaboration and strategic alliances: This includes efforts to establish partnership agreements, create action plans to collaborate with other agencies, and develop a plan for organizational mergers.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176363

Estimated Size of Grant:

CCNSF will make awards of up to $35,000 for organizations with organizational budgets between $150,000 to $500,000 and awards of up to $45,000 for organizations with budgets that are $500,001 to $2 million.

There is a monetary cap on how much each Consultant can be paid under this grant; it is a collective cap across all awardees. The cap on for-profit consultants is $50,000, and the cap on nonprofit consultants is $75,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects MUST be completed by June 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for funding, organizations submitting applications must meet the following requirements:
- Have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and a history of at least two years as an incorporated nonprofit, including faith-based institutions.
- Be current in registration with the Charities Bureau of the New York State Office of the Attorney General.
- Be a New York City-based, direct social service organization that serves primarily (75%+) New York City residents (i.e., not an association or a re-granting or referral service).
- Have experience serving and currently serve communities where 51% or more of the population are people of color.
- Have a demonstrated record of outreach to communities of color for recruitment of the executive director or CEO and members of the board of directors.
- Have an operating budget of at least $150,000 and a maximum of $2 million. Organizations with budgets OVER $2 million will NOT be eligible.
- Have demonstrated commitment to equal employment opportunities.
- Have demonstrated commitment and capacity to deliver culturally competent services.

Organizations that utilize fiscal sponsors/conduits are not eligible.

Pre-proposal Conference:

It is strongly suggested that potential applicants attend any of the Virtual Community Briefings, as many things have changed this year with regards to the grant and application process.

Community Briefing – October 5, 2021 – 10 am to 11 am
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Community Briefing – October 13, 2021 – 3 pm to 4 pm
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Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is Friday, October 22, 2021, by 5:00 PM ET.

Registration in PASSPort and HHS Accelerator is mandatory, and for those who are not enrolled in PASSPort and/or pre-qualified in HHS Accelerator, please complete both prior to applying.

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