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Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States to Provide
Support to Businesses Impacted by the COVID-19 Crisis

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Foundation / Corporation

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Citi Foundation

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Deadline Date:

04/12/21 4:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations in multiple states to provide technical assistance to businesses that have been disproportionately impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to help small businesses owned by people of color to recover and rebuild from the pandemic. The Citi Foundation seeks to award unrestricted grant support to select nonprofits working in the following geographies: California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

For a list of eligible counties, see

The Citi Foundation has announced an open request for proposals (RFP) to support nonprofit organizations that provide direct technical assistance to small businesses owned by people of color that have been disproportionately impacted by the unprecedented health, social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194916

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $500,000

Term of Contract:

The Citi Foundation seeks to disburse grant payments in July 2021 and the grant period is 12 months from the date the grant is awarded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:
- Have IRS 501c(3) status and a Federal Employment Identification Number
- Have three years of audited financial statements. This may be covered by two audits that include two years of comparative financials and/or three individual audits. Applicants must provide a 2019 audit or later, or at least some part of the 2019 fiscal year must be audited.
- Have a mission to serve low- and moderate-income individuals and communities
- Provide direct technical assistance to small businesses owned by people of color that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19
- Have a current portfolio of small business technical assistance that falls within one or more of the Citi Foundation’s target geographies
Ineligible Applicants:
- Organizations not incorporated as 501c(3)
- Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, sex, gender identity or expression, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran’s status or other legally protected personal characteristics or status
- Religious or fraternal organizations (unless they are engaged in projects that benefit the entire community)
- Private foundations
- Organizations that require the use of a Fiscal Sponsor or Agent
- Organizations that don’t meet the eligibility criteria

Grant funds cannot be used for political or lobbying purposes, including without limitation, independent expenditures.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Citi Foundation will host a webinar on March 16 at 2PM ET to review the application process and answer questions from potential applicants about this funding opportunity. Registration for the webinar is required at Please send questions in advance of the webinar to

A recording of the webinar will be made available for those unable to join.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is April 12, 2021 at 4PM ET. The Citi Foundation seeks to notify applicants of funding decisions by July 2021.

- March 4: RFP Issued
- March 16: at 2PM ET Informational Webinar
- April 12 at 4PM ET: Application Submission Deadline/ RFP Closes
- July: Grant Awards Announcement



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


Please send your questions in advance of the application deadline

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Alameda; Contra Costa; Fresno; Kern; Kings; Marin; Merced; Napa; Sacramento; San Francisco; San Joaquin; San Mateo; Santa Clara; Sonoma; Stanislaus; Los Angeles; Orange; Riverside; San Bernardino; San Diego; Ventura;   Connecticut: Fairfield;   Florida: Broward; Duval; Miami-Dade; Palm Beach;   Illinois: Cook; DuPage; Elgin; Lake; McHenry; Will;   Maryland: Montgomery; Prince George;   Nevada: Clark;   New Jersey: Bergen; Essex; Hudson; Passaic;   New York City;   New York: Bronx; Kings; Nassau; New York; Queens; Richmond; Rockland; Suffolk; Westchester;   South Dakota;   Texas: Collin; Dallas; Denton; Hunt; Kaufman; Rockwall;   Virginia: Alexandria City; Arlington; Fairfax;   Washington, DC

USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA)

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