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Cleveland Black Futures Fund

Grants to Ohio Black-Serving and Black-Led Nonprofits in Eligible
Locations for Capacity Building and COVID-19-Related Initiatives

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Grants to Ohio Black-serving and Black-led nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to support capacity building initiatives. Proposals should reflect on the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis on the community. Long term goals include dismantling systemic racism and advancing the community towards racial equity. Eligible applicants are based in Cuyahoga, Lake or Geauga County.

The overarching goal of the Cleveland Black Futures Fund (CBFF) is to strengthen the ecosystem of Black leaders and Black-serving organizations in Cuyahoga, Lake or Geauga County by providing intentional resources to help grow organizational infrastructure and capacity. 

Current Fund Priorities: In light of the current acute crisis, the CBFF asks fund applicants to reflect on the effects of the pandemic in the community. Please note: this framing is not intended to limit the applicant pool to strictly health, public health, or social services work. The Fund believes strongly that work across sectors will be important to the health and resilience of the community during this pandemic, including environmental work, technology, arts, policy and advocacy, and much more. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194383

Term of Contract:

The grant funding term is one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant organizations may operate in a range of issue areas, but grants can only be made to organizations currently holding 501(c)3 tax-exempt status. Organizations that do not currently have 501(c)3 tax-exempt status are eligible to apply in partnership with a tax-exempt organization serving as a fiscal agent.

The Cleveland Black Futures Fund will invest in Cleveland-based nonprofit organizations that are both Black-led and Black serving. Organizations that serve Black communities but do not have Black executive leaders will not be eligible for this particular grant opportunity.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Cleveland Black Futures Fund Information Session: Jan 28, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time

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Pre-Application Information:

• January 25, 2021: Online application process begins at noon
• January 28, 2021: Webinar
• February 1-12, 2021: Virtual office hours (To schedule a time:
• February 11, 2021: Virtual town hall with Radio One Cleveland
• February 26, 2021: Application deadline
• End of March: Applicants informed of funding decisions

A second round of grantmaking will be announced to take place in late summer-fall 2021.

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Cleveland Foundation
1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1300
Cleveland, OH 44115

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USA: Ohio: Cuyahoga, Lake or Geauga County

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