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A Community Thrives (ACT)

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Schools, and Municipalities
for Fundraising Efforts to Benefit Local Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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USA TODAY NETWORK and Gannett Foundation

Conf. Date:

09/09/20

Deadline Date:

10/16/20 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and Guam nonprofit organizations, schools, and municipalities to support fundraising efforts. Funding is intended to support projects and ideas designed to build communities and help underserved groups and individuals. Funding will be based on the ability of an organization to raise donations for their cause. Three types of grants will be awarded: Project grants, Incentive grants, and Operating grants. Organizations will also be eligible to join bonus challenge rounds.

There are three types of grants in the A Community Thrives program. 

  • National Project Grants can be awarded to any applicant accepted to the challenge after the organization meets the fundraising minimum; either $3,000 or $6,000 depending on the organization's operating budget. 
  • Local Operating Grants can be awarded to any applicant that serves a local Gannett market, accepted to the challenge, after the organization meets the fundraising minimum; either $3,000 or $6,000 depending on the organization's operating budget. 
  • Fundraising Grants will be awarded based on fundraising success. A total of $200,000 will be awarded during the Fundraising phase of the Campaign to those qualifying organizations that raise the most funds.

Bonus Challenge Grants: 

  • There will be four (4) Bonus Challenges during the period of Sept. 21, 2020 – Oct. 16, 2020. All qualified entrants shall be eligible to compete for the Bonus Challenge Grants. 

Application Submission Focus: Projects must contribute to and/or focus on community building with a preference for impacting under-served individuals and groups. Community building is defined for this program as activities, projects, or events that create or enhance the sense of community amongst individuals or groups in a region (neighborhood, city, or region). Projects should involve individual and community support, either financially or through personal service.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185251

Number of Grants:

There will be sixteen (16) Project Grants. The top three fundraisers in each Tier will receive Incentive Grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Project Grants: Grants will range from $25,000 to $100,000.
- Three - $100,000
- Seven - $50,000
- Six - $25,000

Local Community Operating Grants: Minimum Operating Grant amount is $2,500. The maximum amount of the Operating Grants awarded will be One Million Three Hundred Thousand Dollars ($1,300,000).

The top three (3) fundraisers in each Tier at the close of the Campaign Challenge period will receive an incentive grant of:
- $25,000 Top Fundraiser (one winner in each Tier)
- $15,000 Second Highest Fundraiser (one winner in each Tier)
- $10,000 Third Highest Fundraiser (one winner in each Tier)

Bonus Challenges:
- Bonus Challenge #1: Four (4) charities (2 in each tier) with the most sole source donations (during the eligible time period) on its Official Fundraising Campaign Page will receive $5,000.
- Bonus Challenge #2: Eight (8) charities (4 in each tier) to raise the most Eligible Donations (during the eligible time period) on its Official Fundraising Campaign Page will receive $3,000.
- Bonus Challenge #3: Six (6) charities (3 per tier) that receive the most sole source donations (during the eligible time period) on its Official Fundraising Campaign Page will receive $4,000
- Bonus Challenge #4: Eight (8) charities (4 in each tier) to raise the most Eligible Donations (during the eligible time period) on its Official Fundraising Campaign Page will receive $4,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All nonprofits with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status are eligible to participate in the A Community Thrives Challenge. In addition, schools and municipal programs may apply. 501(c)(3) 509a3s are not eligible for the program. If you are an individual with a great idea you will need to partner up with a nonprofit organization in order to apply.

Eligible Participants. The ACT Challenge is only open to legal entities (a) incorporated or organized within the 50 United States, Guam, or the District of Columbia, (b) with valid Employer Identification Numbers (“EINs”) and physical mailing addresses, (c) located in the U.S., Guam. or District of Columbia and support domestic projects only, and (d) that have and will maintain tax-exempt status under sections 501(c)(3), and 509(a)(1,2) of the Internal Revenue Code throughout the ACT Challenge.

If you are an individual submitting an entry and agreeing to these Official Rules on behalf of a legal entity, you represent and warrant that (i) you are an authorized representative of such entity and able to legally bind such entity or that you have permission from such entity to submit an entry on its behalf and (ii) have read, and hereby agree to, these Official Rules on behalf of such entity.

Sponsor and Grant Provider and their respective parents, affiliate companies, subsidiaries, their respective officers, directors, independent contractors, agents, judges, advertising and promotion agencies and anyone involved in the development of the ACT Challenge are not eligible to submit an entry or to receive an award (defined below). Employees, independent contractors, officers, and directors, of Administrator as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) and household members of each such employee, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Webinars:
A Community Thrives Challenge: Getting Started
- Wednesday, September 2nd at 3:00pm EST
- Learn all about the A Community Thrives Challenge! This webinar will help you get acclimated to the Mightycause platform, set up your fundraising profile, and learn the basics of the Challenge.
- Register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5452165210111918091

A Community Thrives Challenge: Let's Talk Strategy
- Wednesday, September 9th at 1:00pm EST
- Get the inside scoop on what makes an A Community Thrives campaign stand out from the crowd, climb to the top of the leaderboard, and engage donors.
- Register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6316962991194964235

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- A Community Thrives starting on August 18, 2020 at noon ET.
- Applications must be submitted by September 11, 2020 11:59 p.m. ET.
- The fundraising period starts on Sept. 21, 2020 at 12 p.m. ET and ending Oct. 16, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. ET. Organizations fundraise on their official A Community Thrives challenge page leveraging their social networks.
- Applications will be reviewed and grant recipients will be announced in early December 2020.

Incentive Grants, Local Community Operating Grants, and Bonus Challenge Grants will be sent by check within ninety (90) days after the recipients are selected and the exact date is to be determined by Sponsor.

Prizes: https://acommunitythrives.mightycause.com/giving-events/act20/prizes

Rules: https://acommunitythrives.mightycause.com/giving-events/act20/rules

Nonprofit Resources: https://acommunitythrives.mightycause.com/giving-events/act20/nptoolkit

How it Works: https://acommunitythrives.mightycause.com/giving-events/act20/howitworks

FAQs: https://acommunitythrives.mightycause.com/giving-events/act20/faq

Contact Information:

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

Register to Apply:
https://acommunitythrives.mightycause.com/giving-events/act20/registration

For questions or issues with the Mightycause platform, please contact support@Mightycause.com. For questions related to the A Community Thrives program structure and grant giving, please contact act@usatodaynetwork.com.

Gannett Media Co., Inc.
Mailing Address:
7950 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22107

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: Guam (USA)

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