All Black Lives Fund 2021 Project Grants
About All Black Lives Fund
Co-designed by Contigo’s leadership alongside Black LGBTQ+ Leaders from Contigo’s Community Board and moderators of the Central Florida Black LGBTQ Lives Matter Listening Session, Contigo launched the All Black Lives Fund on June 10, 2020. ABLF is inspired by the historic racial justice uprising and motivated by the escalating and often invisibilized cases of murder and violence against our Black Transgender family at the hands of police brutality, white supremacy, and transphobia. We are all called on to #SayTheirNames.
Dedicates funding to frontline LGBTQ+ organizing groups and efforts that are Black LGBTQ+ led in Central Florida to build on the movement for Black lives — particularly those led by and for Black Transgender, Gender Nonconforming, and Gender Nonbinary community and Sex Workers.
Supports grassroots organizing to build visibility and power, promote safety, and amplify demands of those most impacted by both anti-Black racism and gender discrimination.
ABLF recognizes Black trans and queer folks have been at the frontlines of the LGBTQ+ and Black Lives Matter movements from the start. We remember it was trans women of color, such as revolutionary Black trans activist Marsha P Johnson alongside trans Latina activist Silvia Rivera, who together led the riots at Stonewall in 1969 which propelled the LGBTQ+ rights movement. We remember it was three Black women, two of whom identify as queer feminists including Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors, that co-founded the Black Live Matter Movement. Movements which were both ignited through protests because of state-sanctioned police brutality, violence and inequality. Our history reminds us of the important role Black LGBTQ+ folks play in all our movements for justice and how this historic moment calls on us to do more in centering, supporting, and following their leadership.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Who Makes Decisions:
Contigo Fund serves as a participatory and social justice model for grantmaking in which decision-making power about grants is in the hands of the communities most impacted by funding decisions. Our approach brings the principle of “nothing about us without us” to philanthropy and recognizes that those closest to challenges we face are closest to the solutions we need.
Contigo leadership convened and trained a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for the All Black Lives Fund made up of 9 key Black LGBTQ+ leaders. Officially established in January 2021, members of the CAC make all grantmaking decisions and all members agreed to a conflict of interest agreement.
Key Black LGBTQ+ leaders alongside Contigo set a goal of raising and distributing $100,000 per year through the All Black Lives Fund. Contigo successfully reached that goal in December 2020 — with the support of individual donors, a matching grant from Out in the South Fund, and support through GILEAD Sciences. In February 2021, the CAC decided to award $90,000 from dollars raised by Contigo for the All Black Lives Fund to existing “Black-led LGBTQ+ Community Organizations in Central Florida.”
The CAC determined that groups must meet three principal criteria: (1) Black Trans and Queer executive decision-making power; (2) established accountability structure (i.e. board of directors / advisory committed led by and for Black Trans and Queer community); and (3) grassroots in scale (i.e. operating budgets under $200k).
Under these criteria, three community organizations qualified and were awarded $30,000 each in unrestricted, general operating support. :
- Bros in Convo Initiative
- Divas in Dialogue
- Gender Advancement Project
The CAC determined to reserve and dedicate $10,000 from dollars raised to solicit — through an open application process — proposals for “new initiatives” (seed funds) of Black-led LGBTQ+ efforts and anticipates awarding project-based grants up to $5,000 to each organization.
GROUPS CAN APPLY FOR:
Project-based grants (up to $5,000) for new programming catalyzed by the 2020 racial justice uprising or addressing racial and gender based discrimination and injustice impacting Black LGBTQ+ communities in Central Florida.
- Deadline: Monday, November 8th by 5 pm EST
- Distribution shall take place in December at the latest
- Grant period of 6-months, final report due in June
- Groups must be or fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
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- Organization must be based in and uniquely serve Central Florida’s Black LGBTQ+ communities
- Project must be directed/led by Black LGBTQ+ leader(s)
Grants will not be awarded to:
- Efforts not principally supporting Black LGBTQ+ individuals
- Efforts outside of Central Florida
- 501(c)4 direct lobbying activities
- For charity, direct cash assistance, or individual scholarships
- Sponsor conferences, fundraisers, or other annual or one-time events
- Efforts led by other philanthropic grantmaking institutions or for the purpose of re-granting
Receiving a grant from All Black Lives Fund will not preclude an organization from applying for additional support from Contigo Fund as it becomes available.
For more information about this opportunity and for those that meet our criteria, we invite you to review additional background and submit your grant request through this online form:
Please email [email protected] for any questions regarding your request for funding.