INFUSION COMMUNITY GRANTS
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has designated funding to Fusion Partnerships to facilitate a community led small grants program in East Baltimore. This program is unique from other small grants programs for two main reasons:
The committee that reviews all grant proposals and gives final approval is comprised entirely of residents from the C.A.R.E., McElderry, and Middle East Communities.
The projects proposed for consideration must be led by residents of these communities.
This grantmaking process is based on similar grassroots grantmaking programs in Cleveland, Detroit, and Atlanta, and has been refined by residents in the C.A.R.E., McElderry, and Middle East Communities to better serve the specific needs of their neighborhoods. The residents in collaboration with Fusion Partnerships have also developed the program’s name --InFusion Community Grants
APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
InFusion Fall 2019 Funding Tiers
Those Applying for $500-$2500
For first time or returning projects that may need assistance with:
inFusion staff is here to support you in building the skills listed above as you get started! :)
Those Applying for $2500-$3500
Applicants should have:
Prior program/project implementation experience
Prior experience with grant funds (inFusion or other)
A clear plan for capacity building, budgeting, and data collection
Previously established and strong partnerships in the neighborhood
Those Applying for $3500-$5000
Applicants MUST have :
Received previous funding from inFusion
Developed skills in Capacity Building, Budget and Financial Management, and Data Collection.
Met inFusion’s requirements stated in signed agreement, turned in final reports in a timely manner.
Applicants MUST also clearly explain in application:
1) A need for additional funding based on previous programming needs/findings.
2) A plan for program expansion,growth, and sustainability that includes outreach and strategies
3) A plan to accurately capture attendance and data that relates to proposal
4) Demonstrate community impact over the span of prior inFusion Funding
The next deadline for proposals is 5pm Tuesday, October 15, 2019
General inFusion Guidelines
Grants are limited to initiatives and projects being held in C.A.R.E., McElderry Park, and Middle East Communities.
Only one grant (maximum $5000) will be awarded to any one project. Grant duration is up to one year. Groups may receive only one grant within a one year time period.
Projects must be neighborhood specific. Groups must be comprised of neighborhood residents and the project must be held in that same neighborhood. Organizations may join the efforts as support for proposed projects, but not as project leaders.
Grants may be handwritten or typed. As you fill out the form, you may find that you need or want to write more than the space provided. Please add additional pages with headings if necessary.
Drop -off Grant submission
All materials must be submitted on 8 ½” x 11” sheets of paper. Staple or paper clip application materials. Please submit 1 copy of your proposal. Completed application materials must be received at Fusion Partnerships by 5pm on Tuesday April 23, 2018. Applications can be submitted before the deadline. We will provide you with confirmation that we have received your grant proposal. Materials submitted with your application will not be returned. Please do not submit cds/dvds, flashdrives or any materials larger than 8 ½” x 11”.
Fusion Partnerships Office Entrance is:
Ring Doorbell #12
Email Grant Submission
You may send your application as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. Applications can be submitted before the deadline. We will provide you with confirmation that we have received your grant proposal.
For a digital copy of the grant please go to https://cutt.ly/5wnHEBh You will have to download this document as a word document. The format may change once downloaded as a word document. As long as the content of your grant is clear we will accept it.
Potential Grantee Interviews
The Small Grants Committee may request an interview to be held at the Fusion Office before final decisions are made. Please make sure that at least one team member of your project is available Saturday November 9, 2019 10am-12pm for an interview if contacted.
GRANT INFORMATION AND Writing ASSISTANCE SESSIONS (Strongly Encouraged)
For C.A.R.E. Residents: Saturday October 5, 2019 10am-12pm @ The Door 219 N Chester St, Baltimore, MD 21231
For McElderry Park Residents: Saturday September 14, 2019 2pm-5pm @The McElderry Park Community Center 611 N Montford Ave Baltimore MD 21205
For Middle East Residents: Monday September 9, 2019 6pm-8pm @ St. Wenceslaus Rectory 2111 Ashland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21205
inFusion Community Grants Program awards grants between $500-$5000 to neighborhood based groups that address one or more of InFusion Community Grants goals.
Here is the link to the full grant application and guidelines:https://cutt.ly/5wnHEBh