Ujima Legacy Fund


Overview

UJIMA LEGACY FUND provides a forum for civic-minded African American men to increase our 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. Ujima Legacy Fund seeks to support projects that will have a positive impact on youth and young adults (ages 12 to 21 years) in our region, with a particular emphasis on underserved youth populations. It is anticipated that one grant of up to $20,000 will be awarded in 2014.

Grant Priorities

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.

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

  • Afterschool/out of school time programming
  • Career development
  • College preparation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Literacy
  • Literacy
  • Mentoring
  • Technology training
  • Tutoring

Funding may be used for program support, specific projects or capacity building to strengthen the infrastructure and increase the program capacity of start-up or established organizations that serve the target demographic. Capacity Building requests could 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

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:

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

How to Apply

Ujima Legacy Fund uses an online application format. To apply, please navigate to:
https://www.ctkodm.com/tcfrichmond_grants/

Login:
Username: ujima Password: ujima
Complete instruction guide can be found using this link.

Deadline:
To be considered, Ujima Legacy Fund proposals must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014.

Review Process

A volunteer committee of Ujima Legacy Fund will review requests, conduct site visits with selected organizations in April, and invite three finalists to present at a meeting of full membership on May 7, 2014.

The award decision will be finalized through a live vote on May 7, 2014.

The award will be announced and celebrated at the Annual Event by May 21, 2014.  

Membership

Please click here if you are interested in becoming a member.

Questions?

If you have questions about the Ujima Legacy Fund application process, please contact Elaine Summerfield at esummerfield@tcfrichmond.org or phone: 804-330-7400.