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. Through a trust-based philanthropic model, we hope to bring in the strong voice of the neighborhood to direct our funding. We will collaborate directly with 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)
Our 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 shared with membership for endorsement.
The women of the Greater Fulton Neighborhood Advisory Committee (GFNAC)
are directing our $25,000 investment as follows:
$13,500 to the Historic Fulton Memorial Park. Historic Fulton Memorial Park is dedicated to healing old wounds and creating new and vibrant memories. The park will 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, park completion is expected in 2020, which also marks the 50th anniversary of the razing of Historic Fulton. Our funds will provide park furnishings such as benches and trash cans that will allow the park to be used right away. Pink dogwood trees will be planted to honor local women who have kept their families and community together against all odds. Our funds will be deployed through the Enrichmond Foundation.
$11,500 to Innovate Fulton, Inc., a Community Development Corporation that focuses on the revitalization of Greater Fulton's commercial corridor. These funds will be used to create a commercial district redesign to attract investors and new business development. Innovate Fulton is powered by 48 community volunteers who have very specific milestones and goals but lack the financial resources to get some of their hard costs covered. Our funds will be deployed through Storefront for Community Design.
During their grant review process, the Neighborhood Catalyst Committee earmarked $4,000 of this $11,500 funding for a block party to celebrate the new community branding and to raise money for the Historic Fulton Memorial Park.
Read more about the growth and progress of this
strong and vibrant community: Greater Fulton's Community Newsletter
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.