Small Grants

The Foundation provides annual small grants (generally ranging in size from $3,000 – $8,000) through a competitive process primarily among existing grantees. There are two types of funds for small grants: a “Capacity Building Fund” grant, and an “Opportunity Fund” grant.

The Capacity Building Fund

The Capacity Building Fund aims to strengthening the organizational capacity of our grantees. Grants are generally awarded during one funding cycle per year, and are typically in the amount of $8,000. The following are two examples of Capacity Building Fund grants that have been awarded in the past:

Communities United (formerly Albany Park Neighborhood Council)

Albany Park Neighborhood Council$8,000 – 2012. As Communities United grew organizationally and began hiring new staff, there became an increased need for the organization to document their youth development model in order to provide an opportunity to reflect, to provide staff and board development, and to serve as a resource for external partners. The Capacity Building Fund grant that was awarded went towards hiring a consultant to facilitate the development and design of the document; the printing of the document; and the development of an interactive online tool that relates to Communities United’s youth development model. Visit website »

Little Village Environmental Justice Organization

Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO)$8,000 – 2016. LVEJO received support to hire a grassroots communications consultant to train youth leaders in strategic media and communications. This training is a component of LVEJOs previously developed Integrating Youth Voices: Youth Media Training for Long-Term Sustainability plan which focuses on the incorporation of youth voices and strategic communications skill development for organizational development and long-term sustainability. Visit website »

The Opportunity Fund

The Opportunity Fund provides funding for unanticipated needs or opportunities that arise between funding cycles. Typical Opportunity Fund grants are in the amount of $3,000 and may go support needs such as the repair/purchase of critical equipment, legal consultation, website upgrades or professional development including conference or workshop registration, travel, and accommodations. The following are examples of prior Opportunity Fund grants that the Foundation has awarded:

Flanbwayan Haitian Literacy Project

Flanbwayan$5,000 – 2010. As part of the Foundation’s NYC Cohort, Flanbwayan has been a funding recipient since 2009. Therefore, when the earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, the Foundation awarded Flanbwayan an additional $5,000 through the Opportunity Fund to fund personnel and supplies to provide first aid materials to the victims of earthquake. Visit website »

Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN)

Inner-City Muslim Action Network

$3,000 – 2016. IMAN received an Opportunity Fund grant to replace outdated recording equipment and video editing software for its Youth Media Lab. The lab is a key part of furthering IMANs mission of cultivating the arts among youth groups on Chicago’s Southwest side. Visit website »