The Bronx Community Foundation Launches its Participatory Grant-Making Portfolio

This fall, The Bronx Community Foundation will launch its community-driven, participatory grants portfolio providing financial resources to Bronx organizations to build capacity, fund innovative programs, and address social and economic challenges that address housing, health care, food security, education, job, career skills, and digital equity.

The Bronx Community Foundation practices equitable, inclusive, and participatory grantmaking – guidance for grantmaking comes directly from our community partners who have equal power in the grant process and decisions along with the foundation with a goal of solving systemic challenges and creating lasting solutions. To date, the foundation has awarded over $10 million in grants to grassroots organizations, nonprofits and small businesses in The Bronx.

Since its inception, The Bronx Community Foundation (BxCF), the first and only community foundation in The Bronx dedicated solely to delivering resources to the entire borough, believes that it’s the power of the people that drives change. The strength and durability of our strategic solutions come from investing in and pooling our resources, talents, and expertise to create tangible and sustainable improvements to the quality of life in our community—meaning Bronxites helping Bronxites.

Priority Considerations

We are committed to supporting and partnering with The Bronx community and invite applications for funding by nonprofit and grassroots organizations, small businesses, and groups offering innovative solutions that fall within our programmatic areas of focus are welcome to apply. Funds can be used to cover program and training materials, workshops, staff expenses, overhead, etc., whatever the applicant deems necessary for the success of their proposed project and services.

Grants Application Process

We will open our grants portal at the end of September. More information on the eligibility criteria, grant application, and timelines will be made available.

We encourage current and prospective grant recipients to apply for available funding. We especially encourage small, grassroots community-led organizations in The Bronx to apply. The Bronx Community Foundation is committed to supporting and lifting the great work of all Bronx organizations but has a particular focus on small to medium-sized entities.

Grant applications are reviewed by The Bronx Community Foundation’s Grants Committee composed of community partners and nonprofit leaders who provide recommendations for funding.

They represent a range of professional and life experiences, and careers in a variety of sectors, including education, housing, digital literacy, community development, small businesses, organizations focusing on food insecurity, and nonprofit programming.

Grant recipients will be selected solely on the basis of eligibility. Each grant application will be screened for compliance with eligibility and application requirements on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis (regardless of religion, gender, ethnic origin, race, or sexual orientation) by The Bronx Community Foundation Grants Committee.

We are excited about launching the first phase of our Participatory Grants Portfolio and process. We look forward to supporting the important work of Bronx organizations and businesses.

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