• Black Citizen

SOCIAL IMPACT FUND (instructions for applicants and donors)

Updated: Sep 16



For Applicants *invite-only*:


Black Citizen “Change Makers” Application


WHO WE ARE


We are seeking to build community power by investing in emerging organizers who seek to sustain the movement for Black lives by transforming their local communities. We believe, movements that are enlightened by people interwoven into the fabric of community must be properly equipped to sustain. We as Black people should not only feel empowered during this moment, but supported, and annotated to position of power in all industries. This initiative will award microgrants of up to $10,000 and provide leadership coaching for emerging Bay Area community organizers.


THE PROCESS


Our first round of applications are by invitation only. Applications will open on Monday September 13, 2021 and close on Wednesday September 22, 2021 at 5:00 PM. Applicants will be notified the following week.


Once selected, Change Makers must commit to attending monthly group coaching sessions beginning the week of October 11, 2021 and continuing through November, January, February, March, and April. In addition to group sessions, Change Makers will have access to coaches for up to 2 hours per month scheduled at a time convenient for both the coach and Change Maker. Grants will be awarded based on the goals of individual projects.


Take a look at the application below and make a submission here. We suggest you fill in the answers on a separate document and then cut/copy.


THE APPLICATION


CONTACT DETAILS


First Name, Last Name, Phone, Email, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Website, Organization, Mission Statement (if applicable)


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

  • Short Description of your project (3 sentence max)

This should be a short statement explaining the mission/intent of your project and what you hope to accomplish.

  • Full Statement of Purpose (300 words max)

Please provide a full project description--including an overview of who you are, the project, relevant background details, and what you hope to accomplish. Use this as an opportunity to display in writing, your true authentic self!


LEADERSHIP COACHING


All leaders we invest in will successfully complete 6 monthly group and individual coaching sessions. Upon completion, grantees will become attuned to indicators of success like self-awareness, general wellness, professional growth, and shared purpose. We are seeking to ensure the next wave of Black leaders are connected to the people and networks that will help them realize their true potential to disrupt systems, evoke change, and assume positions of power and influence.


  • Are you willing to participate in a monthly 90-min group coaching session with other cohort members and 2 hours of individual coaching? Yes/No


  • Identify three focus areas you would like to share with your leadership coach. Please note you will have an opportunity to choose your coach and provide more details prior to your first 1:1 session. (200 words max)


SHORT QUESTION


As network connectors we provide a platform for any person to help combat complex systems and address critical needs within Black communities. Everyone has a responsibility to participate in this movement for Black lives.


  • Identify a few areas of support and relevant details that can help fully take your project to the next level (i.e. additional fundraising, government connections, introduction to other community based organizations, communications & public relations)


Take a look at the application below and make a submission here. (https://forms.gle/1jWkdeKYS3h1Whed8)


For Supporters:


We are thrilled about your interest in making an investment in Black lives. There are a number of opportunities to get involved with this Fund.


  • DONATE: All monetary contributions will go directly to applicants around the focus areas specific to this Fund. Donate here.

  • VOLUNTEER: Once a cohort of applicants are selected, we can connect you directly with the organization for opportunities to get involved.

  • PRO BONO SERVICES: Are you not sure how to give or help support the movement for Black lives? Your professional talent might be what an organization or emerging leader needs to take their work to the next level.


To begin the process send an email to hello@blackcitizen.org.