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Taproot Team Projects

In-Kind Services to California, Illinois, and New York Nonprofits and Public
Schools to Improve Services in the Arts, Education, Environment, and Health

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Taproot Foundation

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In-kind professional services valued at $45,000 to California, Illinois, and New York City nonprofit organizations and public schools in eligible regions that work within the areas of arts, education, environment, health, and/or social services. Winners will receive tangible tools to help them deliver better programs, get more funding, and develop a high-performance organization.

This program pairs nonprofits with a team of 4 - 6 pro bono consultants for a 12 - 15 week project fully customized to address the organization's most pressing infrastructure challenge.

Focus Areas:
- Arts — Providing leadership or education in the art community, while making the arts more accessible to everyone.
- Education — Strengthening our public education (pre-K and K-12) system or enhancing the educational success of students.
- Environment — Preserving and restoring our environment or caring for animal welfare.
- Health — Improving people's physical or emotional health.
- Social Services — Providing social services to those who have been unable to participate fully in the social and economic life of the community. Services usually target children and families, employment and training, the elderly, immigrants, the disabled, housing and homelessness or foster and adoption services.

In addition to the Foundation's basic criteria, the Foundation also reviews an organization's readiness to take on a Taproot Team Project:

- Institutional Strength and Stability — The Foundation seeks organizations with healthy finances, strong mission and programs, proven results, and stable staff.
- Fitness for the Program — Organizations need to demonstrate a clear need for the Taproot Team Project.
- Readiness for the Program — Readiness includes sufficient board and staff time for the Taproot Team Project, a good decision-making structure, and internal resources to execute the work.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182279

Term of Contract:

This program spans from January 2018 to April 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for a Taproot Team Project, an organization must:

- Be headquartered in one of Taproot's service areas (see Geographic Focus below).
- Be classified as a 501(c)(3), be under the fiscal sponsorship of a 501(c)(3), be a program of a 501(c)(3), or be a public school.

The Foundation does not provide services to:

- Organizations that promote religious doctrine. (The Foundation may support agencies operated by religious organizations that serve secular needs.)
- Organizations that lack written policies about discrimination or have a track record of discriminating on the basis of age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, ethnicity, disability, national origin, political affiliation or religious belief.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: The application deadlines to apply for a Taproot Team Projects are: February 1, April 1, June 1, August 1, October 1, December 1.

Occasionally, deadlines are extended, so we recommend checking with your local office below for the exact deadline.

Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download a complete list of application questions.

The Foundation recommends gathering necessary information before you begin the application process, as you must complete the application in one session.

If you have specific questions about whether your organization should apply in this round, please contact your local office (see Contact Information section below).


Contact Information:

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

Online application:

San Francisco Bay Area
Andrew Mahoney
510-285-9200 x206

Los Angeles and Chicago
Erica Williams
213-988-6271 x303

New York
Christine Auwarter
212-257-7660 x609

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: LA - downtown LA, Pasadena, West Hollywood, West Los Angeles, South LA, Commerce/South Gate, East LA, San Fernando Valley, and Santa Monica/Venice Beach; Orange County; Bay Area - San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa or Marin;   Illinois: Chicago — Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, or Will counties ;   New York City: Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, and Brooklyn;   New York