Lifting up the state one organization at a time
Our Elevate grant program empowers nonprofits by funding community-centered projects, helping them expand their impact and address some of the community’s most pressing needs.
The application period will close on October 7, 2021.
How we’d like to see Elevate Grants used
Elevate Grants span all of our focus areas and afford us the opportunity to answer needs not explicitly addressed by our other grant opportunities. We think of them as “game changers” for the organizations to which they are awarded.
The Elevate Grant Program consists of three primary components:
- Grant Funding: Focused on addressing poverty issues; creating a more equitable and inclusive community; and/or
engagement with underrepresented minority groups. Grant funding is available to local governments (cities, towns,
communities of any size, educational institutions) or city and county school systems, universities and any 501(c)(3)
organization. Grant funding is limited to a maximum of $10,000.
- Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Training: Training for staff, board members, committee members and key stakeholders.
Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training
for board and staff members.
- Leadership Development: A six-month leadership development cohort to provide nonprofit leaders
with knowledge and skills to build their capacity and effectiveness in the community by improving their
organizational effectiveness. The learning modules will be designed by program participants and have diversity, equity,
and inclusion principles engrained throughout. The virtual program is open to Staff and Board Members of nonprofit
organizations at no cost.
Grant Funding- Projects and programs must meet the following criteria:
- Reflects a different approach to any of the following:
- Addressing poverty issues.
- Creating a more equitable and inclusive community.
- Engagement with underrepresented minority groups.
- The applying project or program leverages collaboration between partner resources and networks.
- The applying project or program helps achieve organizational and financial stability, program quality and growth for the applying organization.
- The applying project or program can be replicated.
- The applying project or program incorporates volunteerism.
- The applying project or program reflects a different approach to engaging poverty issues.
How we evaluate Elevate Grant candidates
As you move through the application process, you will be asked for specific information about your organization, along with various files to attach. We recommend you draft this information prior to beginning the online process, as there is not a feature to save your progress.
- Organization name and address.
- Name, email address and telephone number for the primary contact person.
- EIN/Tax ID number.
- A brief summary of the history, mission and staff size of the organization.
- A complete list of the organization’s board of directors and/or trustees.
- A one-paragraph summary of the specific project or program affected by the grant.
- A list of other contributors to the project or program, along with dollar amounts (if applicable).
- Submittal of completed questionnaires for Completion for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training and Leadership Development.
- Actual grant request with a cover letter outlining goals, objectives and specific needs addressed if you were to receive the grant. Include an implementation plan and timeline with an outline for any activities planned in the near future and achievements thus far
- Project budget with an evaluation plan with specific criteria for judging the effectiveness
- A copy of the program’s most recent audited financial statement or three consecutive years of the Form 990
- A copy of the program’s current operating budget
- A copy of the program’s Section 501(c)(3) IRS determination letter.
Note: Attachments can be in a number of different file formats. MSWord (.doc, .docx), MSExcel (.xls, .xlsx) and Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) are the preferred formats.