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Black Empowerment Works – Now Accepting Applications


Our Black Empowerment Works grant program is returning for a second year and we need YOU to make it successful. 

Black Empowerment Works promotes Black self-determination, social mobility and economic prosperity by resourcing and funding community-based, Black-led ideas addressing poverty. This program is one of many ways we're working to create a more equitable community — a local solution addressing the underinvestment in Black-led ideas by traditional philanthropy nationwide. Last year, 28 Black-led ideas, programs and projects received more than $600,000 in philanthropic funds to support their important work in our communities.

We want to keep the momentum going. Here are three ways you can help: 
  • Apply to receive a grant (from $2,500 to $25,000). Take your idea to help your community and make it a reality. Deadline: July 8.
  • Serve as a reviewer. Help choose the grants that will change our communities. Deadline: June 18. 
  • Share the Black Empowerment Works information within your networks. Word-of-mouth is one of the primary ways applicants learned about the program last year.
Too many Black families and individuals in our region experience poverty, and too few Black-led ideas, programs and projects receive funding and resources to address it. We can change that together.

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