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Community-Based Collaborative Action Grant

Grants to USA CBOs in Eligible States to Discuss and
Implement Collaborative Community Activities

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Grants of $5,000 to USA community-based nonprofit organizations in eligible regions for hosting small co-creative activities in their communities. Collaborative projects should focus on advancing community goals and meeting community needs. The program is intended to facilitate conversations that shape the community and social context, and catalyze positive dynamics.

While there are no geographic restrictions, the funding source does tend to prioritize markets it works with directly in the following places: Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Gulf Coast, Mid-Atlantic, New York, Northern California, Ohio, Pacific Northwest, Southeast, and Southern California.

Collaborative Actions are small-scale, co-creative activities focused on implementation.

These actions may include:
- Creative placemaking
- Asset mapping
- Temporary art installations
- Community events

Projects will be selected based on how well they:
- Advance long-term community goals or meet community needs
- Deploy creative and collaborative strategies
- Engage local voices and build community agency
- Demonstrate feasibility within the budget and timeline

Budgeted expenses may include materials, staff time, payment to consultants or other partners, food and supplies for events, equipment rental fees and other direct costs for the proposed activity. Funds for the involvement of other organizations or individuals may also be included in the budget. For example, the funds could be used to pay an artist to lead the project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183236

Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of five thousand dollars ($5,000) each will be awarded.

Term of Contract:

Applicants should be prepared to complete the Collaborative Action within 6 months of grant notification. All projects should take place in 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The grant disbursement must be paid to a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, but the organization is not required to be a community development corporation (CDC).

Non-501(c)3 organizations may partner with a 501(c)3 if it can be demonstrated how funds will pass through the nonprofit organization.

Because of the small size of the grant, overhead is not an eligible cost.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A video recording of the grant overview webinar is available here:

Pre-Application Information:

Round 1 Schedule:
- January 31, 2018: Request for Proposals Issued
- February 14, 2018: Webinar: Grant Overview and Stories (recording)
- March 9, 2018: Submissions Deadline
- Week of March 30, 2018: Grantees Notified

Round 2 Schedule
- March 12, 2018: Request for Proposals Issued
- March 22, 2018 at 2 p.m.: Webinar: Grant Overview and Stories (recording)
- April 30, 2018: Submissions Deadline
- Week of May 25, 2018: Grantees Notified

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   California;   Colorado;   Florida;   Georgia;   Illinois;   Louisiana;   Maryland;   Michigan;   Mississippi;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   Ohio;   Oregon;   South Carolina;   Tennessee;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington