Request for Proposals

Black L.O.V.E. Philanthropic Partnership RFP

Open Thursday, February 1st through Thursday, February 22nd.

The Black L.O.V.E. Philanthropic Partnership (BLPP) serves as an intentional intermediary with a governance structure and programming, that seeks to evolve the role of convening supply (funders) and demand (non-profit partners) to accelerate community economic development and sustainable change. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals informed by local context and research, that corresponds to L.O.V.E. principles. Funded partners will receive a 2-year general operating grant commitment with award ranges of $25,000-$100,000 dollars. This innovative funding opportunity will support the below preliminary Racial Equity Indicators (which directly align with the Determinants of Racial Equity) recommended by the Black L.O.V.E Philanthropic Partnership Advisory Committee:

LIVE

  • Access to Affordable Healthy Food
  • Access to Parks and Natural Resources
  • Equitable Law and Justice System
  • Access to Safe and Efficient Transportation
  • Access to Health and Human Services
  • Environmental Justice (Parks and Green Spaces)

OWN

  • Affordable, Safe Quality Housing and Home Ownership
  • Community and Public Safety
  • Economic Development

 
VOTE

  • Increasing Voter Registration and Turnout

 
EXCEL

  • Equitable Access to Quality Education
  • Living Wage and Job Training
  • Strong Vibrant Neighborhoods

 

All funded partners are required to participate in an iterative institutional strengthening/capacity building process (Applicants not funded during this initial round will be invited to participate on an optional basis) This process will include both collaborative activities among Black-led social change partners and tailored specific offerings. BLPP is excited to provide an opportunity for partners to develop their own capacity building plans, not dictated by the funder. Further, through these capacity building offerings, BLPP hopes to further establish and strengthen collaboration and partnership among local, Black-led social change organizations.

Requirements are Black-led social change organizations, defined as 501c3 with predominantly Black board and executive leadership, staff leadership and constituents (50% or more) who are focused on root cause interventions that address one or more of the L.O.V.E. principles Live, Own, Vote, and Excel.

Get Started

  • The applications will open on Thursday, February 1st and close Thursday, February 22nd.
  • If your organization is interested in submitting, complete the form HERE or the link below to request RFP login credentials. After requesting credentials, you will receive an email with a link to submit for the RFP.

Please contact Trent Findley at trent.findley@metrounitedway.org with questions or requests for additional information.

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