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Welcome to the MBK Alliance Curated Funding Opportunities web page. This page is designed for MBK Community leaders and anyone seeking funding to accelerate your work to expand life outcomes for boys and young men of color.

We curate funding opportunities from a diverse array of funders from across sectors, as well as tools, grant maker profiles and tips that can help enhance your development strategy. Opportunities are updated monthly so be sure to check back often. 

You can also find additional resources on grant writing and organizational training on optimizing your fundraising capacity to position yourself  to secure funding for your work.

Tips for Grantseeking

If you do not want to wait for an update on our funding opportunities every month, here are some tips on how you can search for funding on your own. 

Note: You can use additional terms that are specific to your work when searching for grants. The terms and subject areas listed are based on the work that is done with MBK Alliance and within the scope of our  MBK Equity Framework Opens in a new tab .

Grant Writing

Tap into pro bono resources to help you prepare for a successful grant application such as  taprootplus.org Opens in a new tab , which was created by the Taproot Foundation and gives any nonprofit access to a professional pro bono consultant to work on a project that is shorter in length. They will work with you on a specific project in marketing, IT, human resources, among others. It is an accessible starting point in allowing nonprofits to get experience in leveraging a professional consultant to work on some key action areas.

You can also find additional tips and tricks on how to successfully complete your RFP from the resources below:

Grants Plus Opens in a new tab

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How to find funding for your democracy related work Opens in a new tab

This video is a tour of the  Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy Opens in a new tab  web portal, a free, publicly available tool which provides grants information on how funders are funding nonprofits working in the democracy space.

Do’s and don’ts of a GuideStar profile – maximize your fundraising potential Opens in a new tab

GuideStar profiles power-giving platforms like AmazonSmile and Facebook. You can choose what tens of millions of potential donors see about your organization. Earn a Seal and share your story today to give donors the information they need to support your cause.

Open Funding Opportunities

OPEN FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  1. Social Justice Fund Northwest Opens Seed and Rapid Response Grants Opens in a new tab

    Brief Description: The Social Justice Fund Northwest Opens in a new tab is a foundation working at the frontlines of social change. The organization works to leverage the resources of members to foster significant, long-term social justice solutions across Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. The fund has opened its 2021 Seed Grants and Rapid Response grants programs, which will award one-time grants of $4,000 as general operating support to new and emerging groups that are developing their community organizing work but might not yet meet all the qualifications for SJF’s Giving Project grants. Applicants should be an organized group that has been in existence for no more than three years (individuals are not funded). Groups that are not 501(c)3 or (c)(4) organizations and are not fiscally sponsored may apply but must first speak with an SJF staff person.

    Deadline: Rolling

    Target State: Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming

  2. Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico Invites Applications for Advancing Social Equity Initiative Opens in a new tab

    Brief Description: The Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico Opens in a new tab is inviting applications for its Advancing Social Equity Initiative, which aims to build the capacity of emerging nonprofits in southern New Mexico to align more with evidence-informed equity models. The initiative’s objective is to seed a pilot demonstration model to ground equity in the fabric of local nonprofits, increase well-being among staff and constituents with exponential impact in the Las Cruces area, and inspire other area human service organizations to build collaborative power and establish equitable well-being efforts in the region. To that end, the foundation invites applications to support organizational capacity building that results in impactful work and engagements that advance racial and social justice in southern New Mexico.

    Deadline: August 2, 2022

    Target State: New Mexico

  3. Rising Tide Foundation Invites LOIs for Freedom in Practice Grants Program Opens in a new tab

    Brief Description: The Rising Tide Foundation Opens in a new tab , which aims to promote freedom to improve the quality of life everywhere, was created with the belief that those who are most vulnerable to critical issues and who are willing and ready to take on responsibility are the most effective agents of change and should contribute as members of society with a spirit of freedom to solve their own problems.

    Deadline: November 22, 2022

    Target State: National

  4. Borealis Philanthropy Communities Transforming Policing Fund Welcomes LOIs Opens in a new tab

    Brief Description: CTPF is a donor collaborative that provides resources to organizations in local communities impacted by deadly and discriminatory policing practices working to build power, increase police accountability and transparency, and redefine safety by advocating for investment in community-based programs and services as alternatives to police, jails, and prisons.

    Deadline: Rolling (Letter of Inquiry)

    Target State: National

  5. The Wawa Foundation Opens in a new tab

    Brief Description: The Wawa Foundation and Wawa Community Care are committed to building and maintaining strong relationships with local communities and national partners. To achieve this, we provide focused financial and in-kind support for non-profit and community organizations, as well as event sponsorship and volunteerism.

    Deadline: Rolling – Submissions for grants over $2,500 are due in the months of January, April, July, October.

    Target State: National

  6. Potlatch Fund Invites Applications for Native Communities for Resiliency Projects Opens in a new tab

    Brief Description: The Potlatch Fund Opens in a new tab aims to build on the Native tradition of giving by increasing philanthropy for and among Tribal communities through grants and empowering community leaders with the tools they need to succeed through training. To that end, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Native communities, the Potlatch Resiliency Fund will support resiliency actions that create hope, social connection, adaption, flexibility, and purpose.

    Deadline: Rolling

    Target State: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, or Montana (Requirements, See link for description)

  7. Meyer Foundation Invites Applications for Just and Equitable COVID-19 Recovery Opens in a new tab

    Brief Description: The Meyer Foundation Opens in a new tab (“Foundation”) partners with organizations and projects that build the power of communities to reimagine, recreate, and reform systems in the pursuit of racial and economic justice. According to the foundation, COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted Black, indigenous, immigrant, Latinx, and other communities of color; therefore, the Foundation is working to build a more racially just society where everyone in its region can thrive. For this reason, the Foundation is exclusively focusing its core grantmaking in 2021 in support of efforts to build a just and equitable COVID-19 recovery and is inviting applications for programs working toward that end. In addition, the Foundation will support work that builds power, changes systems, and collaborates across constituencies and issues.

    Deadline: Rolling

    Target State: Washington, D.C.

  8. Duke Energy Foundation (Power For Students) Opens in a new tab

    Brief Description: The Duke Energy Foundation is committed to making strategic investments to build powerful communities where nature and wildlife thrive, students can excel and a talented workforce drives economic prosperity for all. These are grants from $10,000 and under that address one of our designated strategic initiatives and Power for Students.

    Deadline: Rolling

    Target State: Kentucky, North & South Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, Florida

  9. Duke Energy Foundation (Power For Students) Opens in a new tab

    Brief Description: The Duke Energy Foundation is committed to making strategic investments to build powerful communities where nature and wildlife thrive, students can excel and a talented workforce drives economic prosperity for all. These are grants from $10,000 and under that address one of our designated strategic initiatives and Power for Students.

    Deadline: Rolling

    Target State: Kentucky, North & South Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, Florida

  10. PNC Foundation Opens in a new tab

    Brief Description: The PNC Foundation’s priority is to form partnerships with community-based nonprofit organizations within the areas we serve and award grants to those which focus on: Early Education: Enhancing educational programs and serving low-and moderate-income children through our signature cause, PNC Grow Up Great; Arts & Culture: Infusing appreciation and enrichment of the arts in our communities; and, Economic Development: Promoting the growth of communities through economic development initiatives.

    Deadline: Rolling (Varies by state)

    Target State: National (Resources vary by state)

  11. MUFG Union Bank Foundation Opens in a new tab

    Brief Description: The MUFG Union Bank Foundation mission is to expand access to opportunity in low- and moderate-income communities striving for results that ultimately propels all our communities to a better financial future.

    Deadline: Rolling

    Target State: National

Additional Resources

Non-Profit Quarterly Grassroots Fundraising Journals Opens in a new tab

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