Racial Equity Grants

BACKGROUND — The long history of inequities and injustices experienced by communities of color were laid bare in 2020, subsequently opening the door for organizations like Pasadena Community Foundation (PCF) to engage in careful introspection and to commit to leading tangible change here in the greater Pasadena area.

PCF initiated both an internal examination of its policies and practices and engaged in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) training for both Board and staff. PCF appointed a DEI Task Force, inviting community members to lead this effort. As a result of the Task Force meetings, PCF is launching the Racial Equity Grant Program.

GRANT PROGRAM PURPOSE — PCF strives for an equitable society where the distribution of resources, opportunities, and issues is not determined or predictable by race. The purpose of Racial Equity Grant Program is to help support organizations that address racial disparities through supporting Black and Latinx youth with educational opportunities. Grants will be awarded to support strong existing programs that are working to advance educational equity, or to catalyze innovative approaches within organizations to create more equitable educational opportunities for youth in Pasadena.

ABOUT THIS PROGRAM — PCF has appointed a DEI Task Force that will review proposals from nonprofit organizations whose work advances educational equity for youth through early childhood education or K-12 academic interventions. Funds are available to support nonprofit organizations that have a primary mission of education and serving youth and/or support families who strive to provide their children with educational opportunities. Youth and families must be living in the area defined by the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD).

TYPE OF SUPPORT AVAILABLE — PROGRAM and/or OPERATING SUPPORT grants are available for organizations that demonstrate successful bridge-building between schools and families and improved academic outcomes through academic interventions with measurable results.

SEED grants are available for start-up projects and new projects within existing organizations that have creative or new solutions to addressing the equity gap in education.

TARGET DEMOGRAPHIC — PCF is focusing its efforts on increasing school readiness, student achievement, and college and career readiness among Black and Latinx Pasadena youth from lower socio-economic levels.

TARGET NEEDS OR PRIORITY AREAS — The Racial Equity Grant Program will prioritize funding for organizations that:

  • Demonstrate authentic relationships with BIPOC/IBPoC populations and culturally competent interventions to advance educational equity, provide access to high-quality early learning, and minimize differences between children’s school readiness before entering school
  • Provide targeted academic support to raise the success of children and youth
  • Provide vocational preparation and career readiness
  • Engage families in academic intervention or proactively work with families

GRANT AMOUNT — Typical grant awards will range between $10,000 – $100,000. We expect to award up to $250,000 in total funding.

APPLICATION PROCESS — The application will open August 13th. All applications must be submitted online through PCF’s Grants Portal by the deadline of September 15th.

If you log on to our grants database before August 13th, you will be able to preview the application, but you will not be able to start filling out the application until August 13th or later. If this is your first time applying for a grant at PCF, you will need to create a user name (your email address) and password. Please note that there may be multiple grant applications available at the same time on our Grants Portal. Make sure that you select the correct link for the 2021 Racial Equity Grant.

Support will be provided to ensure all nonprofits can complete the application. A series of webinar workshops (zoom link) will be offered to support applicants on Wednesday, August 25th at 9:00 AM; Thursday, September 2nd at noon and Thursday, September 9th at 4:00 PM

The typical grant period for this opportunity will be 12-24 months. However, we strive to be flexible as our community navigates new needs that emerge as a result of the pandemic.

GEOGRAPHICAL RESTRICTION — The applicant organization must be located in or provide significant service to the area defined by the boundaries of the Pasadena Unified School District (Pasadena, Altadena & Sierra Madre).

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS — The Foundation does not make grants from its discretionary funds to organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, race or religion.

Organizations that have received other 2021 PCF grants ARE eligible to apply for a Racial Equity Grant.

  • Grants may be made only to tax-exempt organizations under Section 501(c)3 or 170(c)(1) or (2)(b) of the Internal Revenue code. None shall be made to Private Foundations under Section 509 (1) of the Code.
  • An organization must have been in existence for at least two years (based on the date of its IRS determination letter) and have achieved a record of effective service and sustainability.
  • Grantees who have not complied with previous grant deadlines and reporting or submission of receipts may not be eligible for new grant consideration.
  • Direct aid to individuals.
  • Influencing legislation or elections.
  • Sectarian religious organizations or churches. PCF will, however, consider requests from sectarian religious organizations for support of community social service-oriented activities sponsored by such organizations, provided that such activities meet all other eligibility requirements.
  • Agencies not engaged in the actual performance of direct services to individuals consistent with Pasadena Community Foundation purposes.
  • Building improvements on leased property. PCF typically will not invest in building improvements to property not owned by the nonprofit applicant organization. Some exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Board to property owned by the city or school districts or other public entity or for an exceptionally long-term lease arrangement.
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