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Research on Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color

Grants to USA IHEs and Nonprofits to Explore the
Effects of COVID-19 on Racial Equity

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Grants to USA IHEs and nonprofit organizations for research that focuses on the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on racial equality. A letter of intent and memorandum of understanding are required prior to applying. Funding is intended to explore the effects of the pandemic on minorities, specifically with regards to their community inclusion and belonging as well as disaster response and preparedness.

Proposals should focus on one of two areas listed below and focus on one of the following communities of color:

  • African American/Black
  • Native American/Indigenous People
  • LatinX

1. COVID-19's Impact on Community Inclusion

  • A bottom-up approach to understanding how COVID-19 has impacted the perception(s) of community inclusion and belonging in communities of color, to understand if behaviors and attitudes have changed within communities of color because of COVID-19 with respect to how united/included people of color feel about the broader community in which they live. 
  • A top-down approach to understanding how organizations/governments have accelerated or decelerated community inclusion and belonging efforts in light of COVID-19, to understand what government, nonprofit, or business inclusion programs have been paused or accelerated given COVID-19. 
  • Combining the top-down and bottom-up current state analysis - What ideas/solutions surfaced that might accelerate community cohesion because of COVID-19?

2. COVID-19's Impact on Disaster Response and Preparedness

  • Given the disproportionate impact of COVID-19, identify and analyze the current gaps in the way organizations serve communities of color in times of disasters and the underlying hypotheses around why these gaps occur.
  • Identify gaps in how public-private sectors work together in times of disasters to respond to communities of color and how this impacts recovery efforts.
  • Utilizing voices from the sector and the community, propose ideas to help communities of color better prepare, respond to, and recover from future disasters.

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GrantWatch ID#: 190774

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Proposals should not be above $300,000.

Term of Contract:

Proposals should span 6-9 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicant organization must be a state university or a tax-exempt, public charity described in Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the “Code”), other than a Type III supporting organization described in Section 509(a)(3)(B)(iii) of the Code. Public charities must be listed in the most current IRS 50 State Master File at the time the application is submitted and at the time of awarding if chosen for funding
- Organization must have a demonstrated ability and expertise to execute the proposed program.
- Nonprofit organizations that operate regionally/locally are eligible to apply.
- Collaboration is favored. Organizations are strongly encouraged to work jointly or as part of coalitions, working together on a programmatic goal. If applying as a coalition, one organization must serve as the lead grantee when submitting an application. Any proposed sub-granting of funds should be clearly outlined in the proposal.
- The grant amount requested cannot exceed 20% of an organization’s annual operating budget.
- Grant funds may not be used to cover more than 80% of personnel expenses for any single program-related position.

Proposals will not be considered if indirect/overhead costs exceed 15% of requested funds.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Walmart Foundation will host a webinar on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 12pm CT. At that time, please use this zoom link:

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- June 18, 2020: System opens to accept LOIs
- June 24, 2020: Q&A Webinar on RFP, 12:00 PM CT
- July 2, 2020: LOIs must be submitted by 11:59 PM ET
- July 8, 2020: Semi-finalists selected
- July 22, 2020: Semi-finalists Proposals Deadline
- End of July/Early August 2020: Selection of finalist organizations
- Early-Mid August 2020: Notification of Awards
- Mid-Late August 2020: Disbursement of Awards

The application process will consist of submission of a letter of intent (LOI) and proposal through the CyberGrants on-line application system. All prospective grantees must agree with the Memorandum of Understanding prior to submitting the LOI. Only those applicants selected as semi-finalists will be invited to submit a proposal.

Please email the funding source to confirm the receipt of application.

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

Online application: (Invitation code: ResearchRF)

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