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Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States for Activities to Advance Racial Equity and Economic Mobility

The Joyce Foundation Grant


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The Joyce Foundation
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Geographic Focus
USA: IllinoisIndianaMichiganMinnesotaOhioWisconsin

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/01/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Minnesota nonprofit organizations for activities that further economic mobility and racial equity. First-time applicants must receive approval, and all applicants must submit a letter of intent, prior to applying. Funding is intended to support policy research, development, and advocacy in the areas of democracy, culture, education and economic mobility, environment, gun violence prevention and justice reform, and journalism.

The Joyce Foundation invests in public policies and strategies to advance racial equity and economic mobility for the next generation in the Great Lakes region. The Foundation's support for racial equity and economic mobility is not only a statement of their belief in a just and inclusive society, but also a recognition they are essential conditions for building broad-based prosperity.

The Foundation supports policy research, development, and advocacy in six program areas: 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applications must submit Internal Revenue Service verification that the organization is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and qualifies as a public charity as defined in IRS Code section 509 (a)(1), (2), or (3). A copy of the IRS tax-exempt determination letter if this is NOT already uploaded to the grantee portal.

The Foundation typically does not fund:
- Capital proposals
- Endowment campaigns
- Direct service programs
- Commercial ventures
- Religious activities
- Scholarships.

Pre-Application Information
- April 5, 2023: Decisions made July 2023
- August 2, 2023: Decisions made Nov. 2023
- December 1, 2023: Decisions made April 2024

The Joyce Foundation accepts grant inquiries online throughout the year. Proposals are considered at meetings of the Foundation’s Board of Directors in April, July, and December. Applicants are strongly encouraged to plan their application and proposal submission process for the April or July meetings, since most grant funds will be distributed at those times.

If you do not have an existing account, you must create an account to start the registration process for your organization. If accepted, you will receive an email notification from the Foundation within five business days with log-in credentials.

Application process:
- Letters of Inquiry: The applicant submits an online letter of inquiry six to eight weeks before the proposal deadline. If additional information is needed, applicant will receive an email with instructions on how to provide LOI feedback.
- Initial Review: If the project does fit within the guidelines, the program officer may invite the applicant to submit an online full proposal. If the project does not fit within the guidelines, the program officer sends the applicant a decline email.
- Review and Recommendation: Once the program officer receives the full proposal, an internal review process begins. If the proposal is not recommended for funding, the program officer sends a decline email. If the proposal is recommended for funding, the program officer prepares a recommendation for consideration by the Joyce Foundation's Board of Directors.
- Board Action: The Joyce Foundation Board of Directors meets and votes on recommended grants. If the proposal is not approved for funding, an email is sent declining the proposed grant. If the proposal is approved for funding, the program officer will email a grant contract to grantee.

Grant payments are normally made at the end of the month following the board meeting at which the funding decision was made.

General Guidelines:

Letter of Inquiry:

Formal Proposal:

Review Process:

More information:

Contact Information
Apply Online:

If you have questions regarding the online application process, please email

The Joyce Foundation
321 North Clark Street, Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60654

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