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Bridging the Gap Awards (BGA)

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States to Help
Low-Income Students Succeed Academically

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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ALL WAYS UP Foundation

Deadline Date:

11/06/17 11:59 PM EST


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations serving low-income communities in eligible states for youth mentorship programs to help low-income and first-generation students succeed in school and enter college. Eligible organizations may be located in Arizona, Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia.

Grantees will receive a one-time donation grant to further their mission. In addition, All Ways Up will provide matching funds to a select group of grantees. These organizations will receive funds in direct proportion to their own fundraising efforts, with a cap to be determined by the Foundation.

This grant program assists smaller-sized nonprofit organizations that exemplify the mission to bridge the gap between ambition and the opportunity to achieve. Through its partnership with these grass-roots charities, All Ways Up has expanded its giving programs through referrals of students for scholarships and other initiatives.

All Ways Up thoroughly researches each organization to ensure that their methods are not only innovative, but offer sound and effective ways to solve low-income community problems. All Ways Up seeks to help these organizations grow and thrive by bridging existing funding gaps and building their organizational capacity.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176496

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify for the Bridging the Gap grant award, organizations must:

- Be a charitable organization that is working to better the lives of those living in low-income communities, with a focus on college access and/or success programs
- Be a charitable organization which is exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
- Have a program model that can be implemented by other organizations
- Have a data tracking component that measures the success of the organization’s program(s)
- Have a budget of no less than $25,000 and no greater than $1,000,000 per fiscal year

Types of Eligible Organizations:
-College preparation organizations that focus on disadvantaged communities
-Mentoring organizations
-Youth leadership organizations

At least 80% of all the organization’s programs should focus on building up communities that are low-income, defined as communities where a high percentage of its residents live at least 200% below the federal poverty guidelines.

A religious organization may apply if the organization’s program is not religious-based; it reaches out to low-income individuals from the surrounding community; at least 50% of these individuals are not members of your institution; and, attending religious services is not required. In addition to the above qualifications, the program budget should be stand-alone and exceed $25,000 per year.

Not Eligible:
-Animal rights organizations
-Community activism organizations
-Food banks
-Organizations that do not have a primary mission of helping low-income communities
-Community housing corporations
-Adult homeless shelters
-Health and wellness research organizations (such as diabetes research)
-One-time programs or events that do not work continuously with the same families or individuals
-Programs that do not work directly with participants (advocacy programs)
-Programs in existence less than 1 year
-Existing scholarship, internship or fellowship organizations
-Fraternities and sororities*
-Public or private educational institutions (smaller programs within educational institutions may be eligible) *
-For-profit organizations
-Politically focused, political campaigns and legislative lobbying organizations
-Projects that exclusively serve a religious purpose
-Local, state and national government agencies
-Film, video or exhibitions projects*
-Academic research
-Sport clubs*
-Funding or re-granting organizations
-Organizations related to the All Ways Up Foundation, or individuals within the organization, who have a personal or business relationship with the Foundation or any of its officers or directors

*Will be considered on a case by case basis

Pre-Application Information:

-Applications Accepted: October 9 - November 6, 2017 by 9:00 AM PST
-Grant Awardees and Match Participants Announced: November 2017
-Match Donation Period: November 27 - December 31, 2017
-Presentation of Grant Awards: January/February 2018


Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Taos Glickman, Program Administrator
(310) 450-2302

All Ways Up Foundation
5800 Hannum Avenue, Suite 100
Culver City, CA 90230

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Arizona;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Florida;   Georgia;   Idaho;   Indiana;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Maryland;   Michigan;   Missouri;   Nevada;   New Jersey;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   Ohio;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Virginia