Neighborhood Catalyst Grant
As we celebrate our 10th year, Impact 100 Richmond is excited to offer a new type of grant. Results from our strategic planning process show that members are eager for us to “go deeper” in the community with an emphasis on education, thus the creation of the Neighborhood Catalyst Grant.
The membership selects our neighborhood partner based on existing assets in each community, such as the strength of leadership and social networks. We believe it is important to focus on the promise in each unique location. Our goal is to bring in the strong voice of the neighborhood to direct our philanthropic dollars. We will work closely with neighborhood residents who can identify needed solutions, direct our grant dollars and make recommendations to us. When it comes down to it, we believe the women of Richmond know what is needed most and should guide community improvements within their own neighborhoods.
Our Plan: Engage with a women-led coalition of neighborhood-based advisors to create a team to join the Impact 100 RVA Catalyst Grant Committee. To ensure the community voice leads the way, the structure will include more neighborhood team members than Impact 100 Richmond members. As we select new neighborhoods, we can replicate our recruitment and meeting process with each neighborhood team.
Our 2018-19 Neighborhood Partner:
Greater Fulton: Indelible Roots: Historic Fulton and Urban Renewal, Virginia Currents (Jul 2016)
Collaborative Approach and Process:
STEP 1: Meeting one/two. By listening to our partner community, the combined group will set the focus area(s) for the catalyst grant. Impact focus areas may be further narrowed to help with specific needs, such as:
● Technology Access
● Neighborhood Character
● After School Hours
STEP 2: Solicit nonprofits based on focus area(s) determined after meeting one. Short, one-page application (neighborhood team to review and approve proposed application).
STEP 3: Meeting three. Review applications and make grant recommendation.
STEP 4: Grant recommendation emailed to Impact 100 membership for endorsement.
STEP 5: Neighborhood team leads the notification of grant recipient(s). Neighborhood team and grant recipient(s) attend Big Give in May.
STEP 6: Grantee(s) reporting out: Check-in as decided by committee. Report back progress to full membership.