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.
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.
February 1 – Online grant application opens
March 1 – Grant applications are due
March 15 - The finalists will be notified & invited to the Community Brunch
April – The Community Brunch
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.
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.
I have more questions, but I do not see the answer. What should I do?
We want to answer your questions, please feel free to reach out to Fatima, the founder, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.