ALL BLACK LIVES GRANT (ABLG)
About All Black Lives Grant
HISTORY: 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 (ABL) Grants Cycle on June 10, 2020. ABL 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. PURPOSE: 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 the demands of those impacted by anti-Black racism and gender discrimination.
VALUES: ABL recognizes Black trans and queer folks have been at the frontlines of the LGBTQ+ and Black Lives Matter movements. We remember trans women of color, such as revolutionary Black trans activist Marsha P Johnson alongside trans Latina activist Silvia Rivera. Together they led the riots at Stonewall in 1969, which propelled the LGBTQ+ rights movement. We remember three Black women, two of whom identify as queer feminists, including Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors, that co-founded the Black Lives Matter Movement. Protests ignited movements because of state-sanctioned police brutality, violence, and inequality. Our history reminds us of the vital role Black LGBTQ+ folks play in all our justice movements and how this historical moment calls on us to do more in centering, supporting, and following their lead.
Contigo Fund’s Theory of Change:
Shaping a system that,
- brings those pushed farthest to the margins of society closest to the center;
- opens doors of opportunity for those historically marginalized from power into positions of decision-making leadership;
- meets the unique needs of those most impacted by inequalities and inequities with cultural competence, humility, compassion; and
- where every individual has a role and no community is disposable, catalyzes a strong intersectional movement and builds a social justice ecosystem that can include and support everyone.
How We Measure Impact To catalyze and advance change, Contigo Fund measures our impact in the following ways:
- Opportunity that is expanded to LGBTQ+ leaders and leaders of color in positions of decision-making power that were not in place prior to the Pulse tragedy. In 2022, Contigo funded and sustained 35 new positions for LGBTQ+ leaders and leaders of color. These leaders are driving an intersectional movement advancing social, racial, economic, and gender justice across Central Florida.
- Existing organizations have launched new and life-changing movement-building programs and services based on cultural competence, humility, and compassion for LGBTQ+ communities of color. In 2021, Contigo funding launched and sustained 23 programs serving LGBTQ+ communities of color at existing organizations. Since the Pulse tragedy, these organizations have deepened their relationship and meaningful engagement with those communities. New organizations and groups led by and for LGBTQ+ leaders and leaders of color that were sustained, expanded, strengthened and cemented. In 2022, Contigo funded and sustained 11 new regional organizations and groups. In the aftermath of the Pulse tragedy, these organizations and groups have matured and created permanent sanctuary spaces for community and leadership opportunities for other LGBTQ+ leaders and leaders of color.
Who Is Eligible to Apply Contigo Fund seeks proposals for efforts based in Central Florida supporting POC and LGBTQ+ communities historically marginalized by society from equal opportunity & power:
- The organization must be based in Central Florida, and proposed efforts must uniquely serve Central Florida’s Black LGBTQ+ communities.
- Groups or proposed projects/programs must be directed/led by Black LGBTQ+ leader(s).
- It should help sustain and grow capacity and forward movement to empower Black LGBTQ+ people living at the intersection of marginalized identities, particularly women, trans, and nonbinary folks, youth, rural communities, and the broader African diaspora such as Caribbean and other immigrant communities.
- Must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization or fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. To apply, groups do not need 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Those lacking 501(c)(3) status can apply as being fiscally sponsored under the auspices of an established 501(c)(3). Fiscally sponsored groups must submit a fiscal sponsorship agreement outlining the roles of both the fiscal sponsor and the fiscally sponsored group and signed by representatives of both parties. If your group does not yet have a fiscal sponsor, contact the Foundation Manager for assistance connecting with potential sponsors.
- Fiscally sponsored groups need to have an oversight and accountability structure or develop a plan for such a structure before receiving a grant. The oversight and accountability structure for the group can be a Community Steering or Advisory Committee of local community members that reflects the community the group seeks to support, setting the vision of the project and guiding its work like a board of directors. Please note the oversight and accountability structure is separate from the fiscal sponsor’s governance structure. The community steering / advisory committee informs the group’s work in alignment with the group’s mission and oversight of the group’s financial health and executive leadership. The oversight and accountability structure in place – or plan to develop one – must include an outline of the roles and responsibilities of the committee and any staff, including how the committee will oversee staff.
- Very strong preference will be given to organizations with less than $1 million expenses.
- Regardless of their structure or age, the applicant’s proposal should be able to demonstrate their alignment with the values of Contigo and their potential for advancing its vision and theory of change.
- Preference is given to projects and programs that respond to a distinct unmet need in the target communities and employ medium-term to long-term solutions.
- Applicants are required to be a part of a learning community/capacity-building program. They will be asked to participate with other community leaders, including convenings, leadership and organizational development training, and peer learning opportunities. Contigo will cover training costs, and the applicant core staff and board or community steering committee or community advisory board members should be prepared to devote appropriate time and thought to participate actively in these opportunities.
Grants for this annual cycle can be made up to a maximum of $20,000 in prioritized funds and up to $1,500 in discretionary funds. Submissions are limited to one application per organization (joint applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis), and applicants can apply for a 12-month grant up to the maximum. They must demonstrate how a proposal would be accomplished in that period for the amount requested.