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Racial Equity Grant

Grants and In-Kind Support to USA Organizational Leaders
of Color to Address Racial Inequity in the Education System

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NewSchools Venture Fund

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Deadline Date:

06/04/21 11:59 PM PT


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Grants and in-kind support to USA individuals of color to address racial inequity in the PreK-12 educational system. Funding is intended for individuals leading organizations in early stages of development. The goal of the program is to support innovative ideas to promote equitable educational opportunities for people of color.

Through this new effort, the Fund will invest in innovators of color with bold ideas to advance racial equity in education. The Fund believes that the freedom to thrive is every person’s fundamental right, and that access to a great education, regardless of race or ethnicity, is essential to that freedom. And yet, despite important areas of progress, the promise of an equitable educational opportunity remains unfulfilled. NewSchools is committed to being part of the necessary change and recognizes the need to work on racial equity in a deeper way. Through this funding opportunity, the goal is to help bring powerful, imaginative ideas to life that reach toward a racially equitable education system.

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GrantWatch ID#: 195781

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Grantees will receive funding as well as management assistance, such as access to experts and a community of practice, to support the development of their idea.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This funding opportunity is exclusively focused on supporting leaders of color with bold new ideas. Additionally, given the prevalence of anti-Black racism in society, and its impact on outcomes for Black students, the Fund plans to allocate at least 50% of this fund to Black leaders.

You are eligible to apply for this funding opportunity if you:
- Identify as a person of color.
- Have an idea focused on advancing racial equity in PreK-12 education and your idea does not fall into one of the three existing investment areas (Innovative Schools, Learning Solutions, and Diverse Leaders).
- Lead an organization that is in the early stage of development. This might mean that you have an idea and need to create your strategy or implementation plan, have been operating an organization for less than two years or that you’ve founded an organization more than two years ago but you haven’t been able to launch your programs, hire staff or access the necessary funding to get started. Note that the Fund does not fund policy efforts or university-based programs.

The Fund will not fund new initiatives or programs launching within existing organizations.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Racial Equity Funding Opportunity Webinar: Friday, May 7 at 12pm-1:30pm PT

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Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- Application opens April 21
- Webinar: Friday, May 7 at 12pm-1:30pm PT
- Office Hours: Wednesday, May 19 at 10am-11am PT and Tuesday, June 1 at 2pm-3pm PT
- Application closes June 4 at 11:59 pm PT
- Applicants are notified if they are moving to the finalist round by July 30
- Additional touchpoints with the selection committee for finalists in August – September. Supports and guidance will be provided to applicants who are invited to this stage.
- Notification of final funding decision by October 29

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

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NewSchools Venture Fund
1616 Franklin Street, Second Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

(T) 415.615.6860
(F) 415.615.6861

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