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AdvancingCities Challenge

Grants and In-Kind Services to USA Groups of Organizations
to Advance Economic Equality for Black and Latina Women

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JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMC)

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Deadline Date:

06/28/21 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Grants and in-kind services to USA groups of organizations in multiple states to advance economic equality for Black and Latina women. Funding is intended for innovative solutions designed for and by low- and moderate-income Black and/or Latina women. Priority will be given to initiatives that focus on Black and/or Latina women in their prime working and wealth-building years (ages 16 and older), from when they pursue higher education or enter the workforce as young adults (16-24), to when they move through their careers, increase earnings, and save for retirement as adults (25+).

The AdvancingCities Challenge is an annual competition that sources innovation to drive systemic change in U.S. cities, helping support economic opportunity for more people by leveraging meaningful collaboration among private, public, and nonprofit leaders.

This year, JPMorgan Chase is evolving its AdvancingCities Challenge to source bold solutions that catalyze recovery and long-term prosperity for Black and Latina women, their families, and local economies. Black and Latina women are the backbone of many of America’s cities – as consumers, homeowners, entrepreneurs, business owners, and essential workers in critical sectors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, longstanding racial and gender wealth gaps, coupled with impacts from COVID-19 have exacerbated disparities for Black and Latina women.

Through the Challenge, JPMorgan Chase is inviting communities to apply for up to $5 million to support innovative, sustainable solutions that drive wealth creation and economic success of Black and Latina women, which is foundational to building more equitable communities. The proposals should address multidimensional, systemic challenges, leverage cross-sector leadership and collaboration, center the voice and lived experience of Black or Latina women, and drive systems change at the local level.

JPMC will prioritize solutions designed, led, and implemented by Black and/or Latina women, centering their proximate expertise and lived experience in a powerful vision for the future. 

For a summary, rationale, and background, see:

For information about proposal criteria, see:

For a list of what successful applications should articulate, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 196304

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5 million. Selected proposals will also be eligible for a wide array of JPMC resources—including data support, employee expertise, and global insights, among others.

Term of Contract:

All grants will be allocated over a three-year period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Groups of organizations (referenced as collaboratives) may apply.

The collaborative should consist of at least three organizations.

- Lead organization. Each collaborative must identify a lead organization responsible for coordinating the group’s activities including fiscal administration, reporting, quality control and deliverable management. Note that while this RFP references “cities”, lead applicants are required to be nonprofit organizations submitting applications on behalf of cross-sector actors within a city. To qualify, the lead organization must be a not-for-profit organization exempt from federal income taxation under Section 501©(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and classified as a public charity under Code Sections 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2).

- Collaborative members. Collaboratives should include a diverse group of organizations, which may include nonprofits, government officials or agencies, business, anchor institutions, philanthropy, and other community groups. Collaborative members should demonstrate how their unique resources, expertise, and decision-making authority will drive systemic change.

- Diversity, equity and inclusion. JPMC will prioritize proposals from collaboratives with demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, assessed in four ways: 1) led by a nonprofit (lead organization) with Black or Latina women in leadership; 2) comprised of partner organizations with Black or Latina women in leadership; 3) grant funding allocated to lead and/or partner organizations led by Black or Latina women; and 4) demonstrate their commitment to substantively engaging and sharing power and resources with community-based organizations with robust experience serving Black or Latina women and deep cultural competency and expertise.

- Geography. The collaborative must focus activities within the list of Eligible Markets. Activities can focus on a specific neighborhood, single city, MSA, or other contiguous geography within an eligible MSA.

The lead organization within the collaborative must:
- Be incorporated or organized in the United States or its territories, have been duly organized and validly exist, and maintain a primary place of business in the United States.
- Be a not-for-profit organization exempt from federal income taxation under Section 501©(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), and classified as a public charity under Code Sections 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2);
- Have demonstrated expertise in the community and oversight that corresponds with the intended geography;
- Show a track record of strong financial management, including a clean audit;
- Have strong organizational leadership and management, including demonstrating a commitment to diversity and inclusion within the organization, particularly at the senior staff and board levels;
- Target activities within at least one Eligible Markets, outlined in the appendix of the RFP;
- Achieve all deliverables outlined within a three-year time frame;
- Engage in various learning and impact assessment activities including regularly reporting information and outcomes to JPMC and JPMC’s national evaluator Abt Associates;
- Participate in peer-learning activities, and fulfill all reporting requirements outlined in the application and grant agreement.

The following Applicants or members of the Applicant Groups are not eligible to participate in the Challenge:

a) JPMC;

b) Any Applicant or member of the Applicant Group (including any individual employees or any member of any employee's immediate family or household) that is or has been substantially involved with the design, production, execution, distribution or promotion of the Challenge (which, for the avoidance of doubt, does not include individuals or entities that promote the Challenge without receiving or providing any monetary compensation therefore); and

c) Any Applicant or member of the Applicant Group that employs any Selection Committee member (as described in Section 4 of the Official Challenge Rules in Supporting Documents below) or that otherwise has a material business relationship or affiliation with any Selection Committee member (for the avoidance of doubt, a banking relationship with JPMC does not constitute "a material business relationship or affiliation"), unless the Selection Committee member recuses him/herself from judging the Application pursuant to Section 4.

JPMC will not support an extension of projects previously supported through past rounds of the AdvancingCities Challenge or PRO Neighborhoods competitions. However, JPMC will consider new projects from previous competition grant recipients.

Per the Official Challenge Rules, awards cannot be used for lobbying or political campaign intervention, including a voter registration drive.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Please save the date for the upcoming AdvancingCities Challenge Information Sessions. During the sessions, members of the JPMorgan Chase team will provide context, offer additional guidance, and answer your questions about the 2021 AdvancingCities Challenge Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

Information Session Registration:

Session 1:
Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021
Time: 1:00-2:00 pm EST
Zoom Registration Link:

Session 2:
Date: Thursday, June 3, 2021
Time: 1:00-2:00 pm EST
Zoom Registration Link:

Submit a Question for an Information Session:
- Thursday, May 20, 2021:
- Thursday, June 3, 2021:

The recording will be posted on the AdvancingCities Challenge page on the URL for Full Text link below.

Pre-Application Information:

All proposals must be submitted via Cybergrants by Monday, June 28, 2021, 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

Key Dates:
- May 17: AdvancingCities Challenge RFP is released
- May 20: JPMC is hosting an informational call to answer questions about the program and RFP.
- June 3: JPMC is hosting an informational call to answer questions about the program and RFP.
- June 28: Proposals due in CyberGrants on June 28 at 11:59 PM ET
- May – September 2021: Applications will go through two rounds of review. Non-winners will be notified periodically.
- August 2021: Finalists participate in video interviews with JPMC and submit additional information
- October 2021: Initial award notification
- November 2021: Grant agreements finalized
- November – December 2021: Winners announced

*These dates are subject to change.

Individual organizations can apply more than once as the lead organization with different proposals, but they will not receive more than one grant (i.e. only one submitted proposal will be funded).

Listen to an Information Session recording from May 20:

Listen to an Information Session recording from June 3:

Contact Information:

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

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The invitation code is ‘McCarthy00’.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin

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