Community Organizing Grants
The purpose of the Community organizing Grant is to enable emerging groups and their leaders to obtain the necessary consulting and leader development services at a formative period in their organization life.
The available funds will be allocated by the commission to promote mutual strategies for change, based on the commissionís mandate and the local communityís vision.
To qualify for assistance under this program, emerging organization should representative of institutions in the low income neighborhoods, i.e. churches, union, civic associationís community centers, etc. If the group is already identifiable in the community, it must have elected leadership with powers delegated by the organizationsí constituency.
The community organizing grant is available so an organizing or its leadership may confer with one or two consultant to determine it next steps and/or equip leadership.
Projects would be expected budget for subsequent consulting services, training or technical assistance and to seek fund through regular grant-making channel of the Speer Trust and other funding sources.
An organization will be considered eligible for funding according to this program if it meets the following criteria:
- Has a vision for permanent change in both the low income community and the community at large.
- Seeks to increase the leadership and program solving capacities of resident in low income neighborhoods
- Seeks to encourage financial investment in low income communities.
Reimbursement will be channeled directly to the organization. If non-profit status has not been obtained, a related 501©(3) organization may act as fiscal agent.
Organizations should inform the Speer office of their plans and consultant arrangements in advance if they plan to utilize the Community Organizing Grant program.
Grants under this program shall not exceed $5,000. Proposals, including a narrative of two to five pages and a budget, shall be submitted online to the Speer Trust Commission by the April 1st and October 15th application deadlines.