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Fall 2012 Grant Cycle Applications Due Tuesday October 30th.
Decisions will be announced by December 31, 2012.
To apply, click on the links below.
PROPOSALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY OCTOBER 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm CST.
About the Gulf Coast Fund For Community Renewal and Ecological Health
The Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health is a regional grantmaking and advocacy institution, committed to protecting the Gulf region’s most vulnerable communities and ecosystems by investing in strategies that advance justice, human rights, equity, and sustainable environments from Florida to Texas. Since its inception in the weeks after Hurricane Katrina, the Fund has been led by Gulf Coast communities most affected by the legacy of social, environmental and economic injustices brought on by decades of disenfranchisement. The operations of the Fund are currently overseen by a group of Managing Advisors—representing a broad spectrum of expertise and perspectives, and reflecting the diversity of Gulf Coast communities. The Gulf Coast Fund is a special project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.
Purpose of the Fund
About this grant cycle
In the Fall 2012 Grant Cycle, the Gulf Coast Fund anticipates distributing ten to twelve grants of up to $10,000. Applicants are strongly encouraged to keep this grant award level in mind.
The application process for the Fall 2012 Grant Cycle will have two phases.
Phase One: All interested organizations are invited to submit an application by October 30th. This document contains all Phase One application instructions.
Phase Two: A small group of applicants will be asked to submit further application materials to continue to Phase Two. Phase Two notifications will be sent on or around November 14th. Phase Two applicants will have three weeks to respond, and final grant decisions will be announced by December 31st.
Priority For The Fall 2012 Grant Cycle
The Gulf region has begun to experience a welcome influx of public and private resources aimed at addressing a wide range of social and environmental issues critical to communities, states and the region. Whether RESTORE Act funds, other BP-related dollars, Community Development Block Grants, the Federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities, or other public and private resources, all efforts designed to benefit the region must address authentic community needs and citizen-desired benefits. Improved accountability to stakeholders is the best way to ensure this happens.
In recent years, significant gains have been made by advocates and communities in bringing the Gulf region more attention and resources from federal, public and private entities focused on a wide range of issues, including: fair and affordable housing, job creation, sustainable community development, coastal restoration, public education, health and safety, and a range of civil and human rights. It is the Fund’s intention that grant awardees in this cycle will build upon and advance these gains and implement strategic, innovative and community-engaging initiatives that will ensure just and effective allocations of resources coming to the region.
The strongest applications will be focused on ensuring equitable deployment of resources and address one or more of the Fund’s long-standing Priority Areas of Funding, outlined below.
Gulf Coast Fund Priority Areas of Funding
The Fund supports projects that strengthen and amplify local organizing, social justice concerns and movement building, and that address the underlying causes that have contributed to the severity of recent disasters—be they natural or human-made—in the Gulf Coast. The Fund focuses on communities that have been historically disenfranchised due to race, class, gender, nationality and/or immigration status. The majority of Fund grantees are organizations led by people of color and/or historically disenfranchised constituencies that reflect and are grounded in the communities in which they work. Further, the Fund seeks to support the building of community-level regional power that can inform and affect local, regional and national policy.
The Fund considers only those proposals that are developed by or in collaboration with Gulf Coast communities around self-determined needs, and that demonstrate how they will address one or more of the following issues:
Projects may use any number of strategies, including but not limited to community education, grassroots organizing, advocacy, policy development, media work, litigation and public interest education. Special attention is given to projects that address one or more of the following:
The Fund focuses on areas in the Gulf States of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas affected by disenfranchisement and environmental degradation. The recovery and rebuilding of these areas in a just and sustainable manner is the initial priority for the Fund.
Any organization that has 501(C)(3) or 501(C)(4) tax status, or has a fiscal sponsor with 501(C)(3) status, is eligible to apply for funding.
Organizations may submit only one application per funding cycle.
NOTE: Organizations that have recently received an emergency grant from the Gulf Coast Fund ARE eligible to apply in this grant cycle.
Preference is given to applicants with a budget under $250,000 although organizations that fall outside of this range may apply.
Grant Size and Duration
One year grant requests in the $5,000-$10,000 range will be considered. Grants will be $5,000 to $10,000 due to the size of the Fund. Smaller grants may also be considered if requested.