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Critical Response Fund

Grants to Illinois and Indiana Nonprofits in Eligible Locations to Assist
Communities Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

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Crossroads Fund

Deadline Date:

11/23/20

Description:

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Grants of up to $5,000 to Illinois and Indiana nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to assist communities impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Funding is intended for organizations to protect, empower, and support community members in this time of crisis. Priority will be given to existing Crossroads Fund grantees (from the last 3 years) that have a track record of working collaboratively with other organizations across issues, race, and geographical location. Crossroads Fund supports organizations rooted in communities in the Chicago metropolitan area, including Northwestern Indiana, which it defines as the area between the Illinois state border and Gary, Indiana.

Crossroads Fund and the nation are witnessing a tumultuous time in history – the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused significant harm to people around the world. This harm is the direct result of structural failures and institutional negligence in underfunding public health departments, limiting access to healthcare, and ignoring warnings from directly impacted people. As such, Crossroads Fund re-affirms its commitment to supporting grassroots groups working to reduce the harm of these failures and are working to mobilize resources to communities in Chicago.

To continue the legacy of responding quickly and centering the leadership of people who are most directly impacted, including people of color, women, the LGBT community, Crossroads Fund is encouraging current grantees to apply for the Critical Response Fund. Given the political moment, the fund will provide organizations with funding to protect, empower and support community members in this time of crisis. In addition, it seeks to support work that radically reimagines community care, expands the notion of what is possible, and orients toward building the world that is needed.

Organizations with budgets of $300,000 or less will be prioritized. Organizations with budgets of over $300,000 should contact Crossroads Fund staff to discuss the request.

Funding requests can be for the following:

  • Community-based mutual aid effort
  • Unexpected policy changes that place community members in harm’s way, and that require an immediate response
  • Training and convening people to strategize, build their power, promote healing and create community solidarity (including virtual strategies)
  • Forward-thinking initiatives focused on long-term transformation, new experiments in building the world that Crossroads Fund envisions
  • Building organizational capacity to do strategic base building that grows the organizing community, and also to build new coalitions and partnerships
  • Supporting an organization’s digital infrastructure

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188807

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request between $3,000 - $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Funding should be used within 6 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Crossroads Fund supports non-profit organizations, including those that do not have 501(c)3 status. Fiscal sponsorship for those organizations without tax-exempt status is recommended but not required. If a fiscal sponsor is not used, an organizational bank account is required.

To comply with IRS regulations, Crossroads Fund cannot:
- Fund organizations involved in electoral campaigns;
- Contribute substantially to support lobbying at the federal, state, or local levels; or
- Support private, in contrast to public, interest.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications is November 23, 2020.

To apply, email Lizetta Garza and attach a one-page document with answers to the application questions:
1. What is the nature of the emergency OR how has your organization been impacted by COVID-19?
2. What are the planned activities, strategies, and impact in the next 6 months?
3. Who are your partners in this work?
4. What is your total budget for your project? Who else are you seeking funding from?

Funding Criteria:
https://crossroadsfund.org/content/funding-criteria

FAQs:
https://crossroadsfund.org/content/grantee-overview

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Lizette Garza
Program Manager
Lizette@crossroadsfund.org

Crossroads Fund
3411 W. Diversey Ave. #20
Chicago, Il 60647
773.227.7676
f 773.227.7790

Grant Coverage Areas:

Chicago metropolitan area, including Northwestern Indiana, which is defined as the area between the Illinois state border and Gary, Indiana.

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Geographic Focus:

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