Catalyst Grant Update, April 2020
To respond to pressing needs in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Catalyst Grant Committee made
the unanimous decision to direct this year's $25,000 Neighborhood Catalyst Grant to Fulton's Neighborhood Resource Center (NRC). This unrestricted grant allows NRC to focus its operations on food security in the community, so they can work block by block to meet basic needs of its most vulnerable residents.
Neighborhood Catalyst Grant
In response to local community leaders’ request for accessible funds, Impact 100 Richmond established the Neighborhood Catalyst Grant in 2018. This place-based grant is a long-term investment in one local neighborhood. Over four years, our membership funds up to $25,000 to various nonprofits that serve the selected neighborhood. These grants are intended to encourage and reward collaboration, advancement and partnership in solving community challenges across all Impact 100 Richmond focus areas.
Through a trust-based philanthropic model, the Catalyst Grant Committee (CGC), comprised of Impact 100 Richmond and neighborhood leaders (identified with the help of the Community Foundation and known as the Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC)) identify very specific needs and concrete solutions for improvement. The NAC directs the grant to the needs of their community. They also facilitate meetings, collect grant applications from nonprofits identified by the NAC, and serve as liaisons with the Community Foundation.
We believe the Catalyst Grant, which was adapted from Promise Neighborhoods, is an essential way to address the ever-changing demands of the nonprofit landscape and to show our commitment to our local community partners.
Our Collaborative Approach and Four-Year Process:
October | Neighborhoods Finalists Announced
Based on CGC due diligence and endorsed by the Community Foundation, neighborhood finalists are revealed at the Big Kick (once every four giving seasons). Detailed information on each neighborhood is presented to the full membership by email and social media in order to select our four-year neighborhood partner. Voting begins online after the Big Kick.
January | Neighborhood Recipient Announced
The recipient of the Catalyst Grant is revealed at the Big Learn. The full membership is notified by email and social media.
February & March | Nonprofits Submit Applications
The CGC sets the grant focus area(s) based on neighborhood recommendations. Focus areas may be narrowed even more to help with specific needs, such as:
● Technology Access
● Neighborhood Character
● After School Hours
Once we identify the focus areas, residents/leaders recommend project(s) that meet our requirements and
solicit local nonprofits to submit an application to the neighborhood leaders.
April & May | Nonprofits Announced
The CGC reviews the grant applications and makes recommendations to our membership for endorsement. The neighborhood leaders notify the grant recipient(s) and attend the Big Give in May.
September | Nonprofit Reports
Nonprofit grantee(s) report their progress to the CGC.
Our 2018-19 Neighborhood Partner: Greater Fulton
The women of the Greater Fulton Neighborhood Advisory Committee (GFNAC) directed our $25,000 investment as follows:
$13,500 to the Historic Fulton Memorial Park. Historic Fulton Memorial Park aims to bring healing and memorialize the displacement of thousands of residents during the 1970s Fulton Urban Renewal Plan, which destroyed more than 800 homes, businesses and churches.
Historic Fulton Memorial Park is incredibly important to new and long-term residents who have been working on it for more than seven years. With primary funding provided by the City of Richmond, the park completion will open in 2020, exactly 50 years after the razing of this neighborhood. Our funds will help make the park immediately usable by the public, providing benches and trash receptacles. We also will fund the planting of memorial dogwood trees to honor the strength of the Fulton women who have fought hard to keep their families together and connected, despite many obstacles over the last 50 years. Our funds will be deployed through the Enrichmond Foundation.
$11,500 to Innovate Fulton, Inc. Led and staffed by community volunteers, Innovate Fulton is focused on the revitalization of Greater Fulton's commercial corridor. Their plans are based on direct feedback from the Fulton neighborhood. Our funds will provide ongoing website communications, a much-needed design for the commercial corridor and support to host a block party next Fall. Our funds will be deployed through Storefront for Community Design.
Read more about Greater Fulton's regrowth and progress:
Indelible Roots: Historic Fulton and Urban Renewal, Virginia Currents (Jul 2016) and Greater Fulton's Community Newsletter