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Ujima Legacy Fund Grants

Ujima Legacy Fund supports projects in the Richmond region that will positively impact youth and young adults, ages 12 to 21 years, with emphasis on underserved youth populations.

Ujima Legacy FundUjima Legacy Fundis a giving circle that provides a forum for civic-minded African American men to increase their philanthropic presence and impact in the Metro Richmond community. Members contribute a minimum of $1,100 to participate in an investment pool to be awarded to one nonprofit selected through an application process

Proposal Deadline: Monday, March 6, 2017.

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Applications must be submitted by 5pm, March 6, 2017.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a Ujima Legacy Fund grant, your organization must be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that serves the residents of the City of Richmond, and/or the counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Goochland and/or Powhatan.

We regret that we cannot accept applications from:

  • Individual religious institutions
  • Private foundations
  • Colleges and universities
  • Individuals or scholarship applicants

We also cannot accept applications to support:/p>

  • Debt reduction or operational deficits
  • Endowments or memorials
  • Bridge funding or interim financing
  • Partisan, political or legislative activities
  • Legal expenses

Grant Priorities

Ujima Legacy Fund seeks to support nonprofits that empower youth through education related initiatives.This may include, but is not limited to:

  • After-school and out-of-school time programming
  • Career development
  • College preparation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial literacy
  • Literacy
  • Mentoring
  • Technology training
  • Tutoring

Funding may be used for program support or specific projects. Consideration will also be given to capacity building requests to strengthen the infrastructure and increase the program capacity of start-up or established organizations that serve the target demographic. Capacity building requests may include:

  • Planning activities: e.g., organizational assessments; strategic planning; or business planning for social enterprise
  • Improving financial management or fund development
  • Training for staff and/or volunteers
  • Technology improvements that will have a significant impact on internal efficiency and allow for new ways of doing business

Grant Amount

It is anticipated that one or two grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded in 2017.

How to Apply

Application Process: All grant proposals must be received by The Community Foundation no later than 5:00 p.m., March 6, 2017.

Review Process: A volunteer committee of Ujima Legacy Fund will review requests, conduct site visits with selected organizations in April. Five finalists will be invited to present at a meeting of full membership in May.

Selection Process and Announcement: The award decision will be finalized through a live vote following the finalist presentations. The award will be announced and celebrated at an annual celebration event in the spring 2017.

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