Grants and Decision Process
Voting Contigo 2023 Rapid Response Grant Cycle:
- Grants can be made up to a maximum of $5,000 and limited to one application per organization (joint applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis), and
- Applicants can apply for a 6-month grant up to the maximum and must demonstrate how a proposal would be accomplished in that period for the amount requested.
Grant Cycle Application, Distribution, and Reporting Timeline
- March 31st, Friday: Public release of RFP application
- April 26th, Wednesday: Applications due by 5 pm EST
- Early June: Final decisions on grants & notification
- December 1st, Friday: Final Reports from grantees due by 5 pm EST
Grants will not be awarded to
- Efforts outside of Central Florida (Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Polk, and Volusia Counties)
- For charity, direct cash assistance, or individual scholarships
- Efforts led by other philanthropic grantmaking institutions or for the purpose of re-granting
- Health service organizations (including those that operate pharmacies) with revenue generated from the 340B drug program that do not reinvest 100% of that revenue into community programs for and led by impacted communities
Reporting and Other Requirements
Grantees agree to the following as part of receiving a grant:
- All organizations with annual budgets of $500,000 or more must submit audited financial statements, and all others agree to audit as deemed necessary by Contigo.
- A final written grant narrative and financial report is due upon completion of the grant cycle to the Foundation Manager.
- Final report must include
- a clear evaluation of results and goals met from the proposal;
- a project financial expense report demonstrating how funds were expended up that period (template available by request); and
- a consistent method of gathering feedback from those who are affected by the work, results, and how the applicant is responding to what they learned.
To be considered for funding, submit your application and supporting documents by the deadline no later than April 26th, Wednesday, by 5 pm EST. Send your proposal via the Contigo grant portal on the Contigo Fund website.
The role of the Foundation Manager for Contigo Fund includes supporting applicants and grantees through the grant submission, reporting, and evaluation process and participation in leadership training opportunities. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Joél Junior Morales at [email protected].
Who Makes Grant 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 the challenges we face are closest to the solutions we need.
To accomplish this, and in alignment with our values, we identified and recruited a Community Board and form Community Steering Committees to guide the distribution of grants and determined that it must be made up of leaders from the local community and principally include leaders who are a part of and rooted in LGBTQ+ communities historically marginalized by society from equal opportunity & power.
All Community Board and Community Advisory Committee members agree to a conflict of interest agreement, including conflicts arising from employment, financial benefit, personal relationships, professional relationships, or other interests. If applicable, anyone condition may serve to disqualify a reviewer from participating in the review of an application or proposal. A conflict of interest may be real or apparent.