The Bread & Roses Community Fund is seeking applications for Neighborhood Equitable Recovery Fund to support community-based nonprofit organizations that serve communities of color and those with low incomes, which have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The program includes a community-driven grantmaking process in which residents in the affected communities are responsible for:
- evaluating applicants,
- determining funding priorities,
- and making funding decisions.
The community-driven grantmaking process advances equity by placing control in the hands of community members so that people affected by the issues work toward their own solutions.
- Grants of $15,000 will be made to organizations that work with vulnerable populations around issues including, but not limited to:
- Organizations may use funds to support payroll, rent, mortgage payments, utilities, or other operating expenses; and to provide and organize mutual aid projects. This program is partially funded by a Community Services Block Grant through the City of Philadelphia Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity.
- The Neighborhood Equitable Recovery Fund made 30 grants of $15,000 in the first cycle. In the second cycle, it will make 25 grants of $15,000.
- Organizations that are experiencing financial hardship, are at risk of closing, or have reduced services due to the pandemic are encouraged to apply.
- The Neighborhood Equitable Recovery Fund makes grants to community groups that:
- Have annual operating expenses less than $1 million dollars
- Have current 501(c)(3) IRS status or a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) IRS status and be in good standing with the IRS
- are physically located in at least one of the following 15 zip codes: 19104, 19120, 19121, 19122, 19124, 19131, 19132, 19133, 19134, 19139, 19140, 19141, 19142, 19143, and 19144
- are providing services in at least one of the following 15 zip codes: 19104, 19120, 19121, 19122, 19124, 19131, 19132, 19133, 19134, 19139, 19140, 19141, 19142, 19143, and 19144
- have been operating on March 1, 2019 and continuously through March 1, 2020
- demonstrate that all funds from this grant will be spent for the benefit of low-income Philadelphia residents with income levels at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines ($53,000 annually for a household of 4)
- are able to document and report on use of grant funds
- demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion with respect to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical and cognitive ability, immigration status, and religion among participants, board members, leadership team and staff
- have decision-makers (board members, leadership team, staff) that reflect the communities being served by the organization
- submit a complete application prior to the deadline (because of the volume of applications they receive, they cannot make exceptions)
- Organizations that received grants in the first round are not eligible for funding in the second round.
For more information, visit https://breadrosesfund.org/nerf/