2020 Nonprofit Effectiveness Request For ProposalOrganizations and individual applicants can apply.
Opens Sep 8 2020 12:00 AM (PDT)
Deadline Oct 16 2020 05:00 PM (PDT)
2020 Nonprofit Effectiveness Request For Proposal
Our community is being deeply affected by the racial and economic inequities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and by positive movements for justice in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, ongoing police violence against Black people, and widespread systemic racism. We recognize that in times of crisis, communities of color and other marginalized communities suffer first, and often the hardest. Being closest to the challenges, these communities also bring well-informed leadership in developing solutions. During these uncertain times, the resilience and capacity of nonprofit organizations are crucial because nonprofits play essential roles in responding to major disruptions, and long-standing and emerging community needs.
Seattle Foundation is committed to nonprofit effectiveness, and the overall health of the sector. We fund local capacity building intermediary organizations and support their knowledge, connections, networks, and expertise. Through the intermediaries we seek to ensure that nonprofit organizations are supported in ways that enable them to more effectively meet their missions and enhance their impact. We recognize that historic and ongoing underinvestment in communities of color and other marginalized communities has contributed to current inequitable conditions.
With this Request for Proposal (RFP) Seattle Foundation is therefore prioritizing grant investments in local capacity building intermediaries which have deep experience with providing programs that increase the effectiveness and stability of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) led organizations. We are looking to fund programs that build and strengthen the systems, structures, cultures, skills, connections, resources, and power that organizations need to serve their communities. We seek programs that support the growth, self-determination, and resiliency of BIPOC-led nonprofits by creating the conditions for organizations to thrive. The Foundation will make grant investments which align with our work to advance racial and economic equity and support communities that face the greatest disparities.
Due to chronic underfunding and disparate impacts, Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) organizations face tremendous demands and adaptive challenges at this time. In recognition of our current environment, our Nonprofit Effectiveness program will invest in capacity building organizations providing programs that support BIPOC-led nonprofit organizations that are impacted by systemic and institutional racism, marginalized and burdened by significant economic, educational, health, and social disparities. We seek to fund efforts providing organizational and leadership support to ensure that nonprofits, serving people and communities who are most affected by inequities, are effective in achieving their goals. We have a total of $500,000 available and anticipate the average grant size to be $50,000.
Funding will be awarded to capacity building intermediary organizations based on the following criteria:
Demonstrated expertise in providing culturally and linguistically responsive capacity building programming to BIPOC-led organizations.
BIPOC-led nonprofit organizations comprise a high percentage of program participants.
Has trusted relationships within BIPOC communities and is well positioned to collaborate, engage and partner.
Evaluates capacity building programs outcomes and modifies programming based on lessons learned.
•Has a diverse staff and board representative of impacted communities and an organizational commitment to advancing racial and economic equity.