Apply for a Grant
Collective 365 is a membership-based group of community conscious individuals who
contribute their resources to make a big impact.
Collective 365 supports Black & Brown leaders and organizations because only 2% of foundation giving is awarded to Black-led organizations. The Collective honors the important contributions of Black and Brown communities and gives them a platform to grow into community staples that can have a lasting impact in society.
Collective 365 seeks to provide grant funding and capacity building to individuals, businesses, groups, and/or non profits who are doing the work with and for Black & Brown communities in DC, MD, and/or VA.
If you fit that criteria we invite you to apply. The grant finalists will be invited to an annual Community Brunch, held in April, where The Collective will vote to determine who receives grant funding.
Application will be available February 1. Applications are due by 11:59pm EST on March 1.
Click below to be notified when the 2022 Grant Application is released.
2021 Grant Cycle Applicant
We received over 200 grant applications during the 2021 grant cycle. There are amazing individuals, groups, businesses, and nonprofits in DC, MD, & VA doing great work for and with Black & Brown communities.
We invite you to learn about them, volunteer, and invest in them.
How does it all work?
Individuals, non-profits, for-profits, groups may apply
Applicants must provide services that primarily benefit Black & Brown individuals
Grant recipients must skip one year before re-applying
Grant funds must be used for Black & Brown communities in DC, MD, and/or VA.
March 29 - April 5......Grant status update emailed to all grant applicants
April 6-13.......................Conduct phone/Zoom interviews with grants committee
April 13-19.......................Members of Collective 365 vote on awarding the grants
April 20-23.......................Notify winners
Early May.......................Announce winners via social media
If I join or donate can I still apply for a grant?
Yes. If you join the Collective and/or make a general donation, you may still apply for a grant. Members of the Collective are not eligible to vote in the same giving season they apply, but we believe in giving and getting.
Are grants only for non-profits / 501(c)(3) organizations
No. We encourage individuals, community initiatives, businesses to apply for grants. Organizations that have 501(c)(3) status are also eligible to apply.
Can I apply for a grant if I live outside the DMV area?
Grants are only awarded to applicants who primarily serve Black & Brown communities in the DMV (DC, MD, VA).
Is there a minimum operating budget requirement for grant applicants?
No. We know that many funding sources require that you have money in order to get money. This often excludes many from receiving funds and the Collective seeks to remove that barrier.
How are grants awarded?
Every member of the Collective is asked to contribute $100 or $50.
The member contributions are used to create grants. The number of members who make a contribution determines the grant amount awarded each year. Every member, regardless of contribution level, gets a vote at the Community Brunch. Throughout the "giving season", grant applicants will have an opportunity to share the issues and needs impacting their community. The Grants Committee will review grants applications and make selections.
What is the "capacity building" component of the grant application? Can I qualify for that and the grant funding?
Collective 365 will be offering "capacity building" in addition to grant funding for applicants. Capacity building is the Collective's way of connecting members to the work in the community. For example, the Collective may have a few social media marketing guru that are willing to provide "x" amount of hours to develop social media evergreen graphics to a grant applicant. Capacity building can be granted to applicants even if the Collective is unable to award them grant funding. Grant applicants are automatically considered for grant funding and capacity building. It is one of the unique aspects of Collective 365.
What if my idea is new, can I still apply?
Yes. If you are an individual/ group/ business/ non profit who is seeking funding to start a new initiative in your community, we encourage you to apply. We do not require applicants to be operating for a minimum amount of time in order to apply.