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Carlos Vega Fund for Social Justice, an Endowment with the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

 

Application Deadline: March 16, 2020 Grants will be awarded May 8, 2020

 

Application Process for Mini-Grants

The Carlos Vega Fund for Social Justice, through the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, is providing mini-grants.  The grants generally range from $250 to $1,000, for a specific, one-time program/project that aspires to promote social justice. Established in 2010, this fund seeks to address the basic causes of injustice and promote self-help and empowerment. The purpose of the mini-grants is to enable efforts addressing poverty and oppression. The mini-grants are directed to those residents of the greater Hampden County area who are marginalized by our society.

Application Guidelines

All those who wish to apply for a grant must complete the online application below.  The grant application must identify the objective and scope of the program/project including mission, target constituency, specific objectives, overall budget cost and the number of people impacted.

  • The project should not duplicate an existing service in the community.
  • Preference will be given to new and innovative initiatives.

Grant applications must be accompanied by either proof of tax-exempt status or a completed fiscal sponsor form. Grants for salaries and/or for general funds are not funded.

Grant awardees are expected to submit a brief follow-up report on the funded programs/projects within a year of the completion of the project. NO NEW GRANTS WILL BE AWARDED TO AN APPLICANT IF THIS BRIEF FOLLOW-UP REPORT IS NOT SUBMITTED. The form is available on this website or contact Aaron Vega at aaron@vegaforholyoke.com or 413-650-2550.

 

Criteria for selection

To qualify for funding, the one-page grant application must give evidence that the effort will:

• Benefit residents of the greater Hampden County.
• Address the basic causes of injustice that exist in the targeted community and foster beneficial change.
• Promote self-help and empowerment.
• Respond to the unmet needs of those who are poor or marginalized.

 

Application Deadline: March16, 2020 Grants will be awarded May 8, 2020

 

 

Apply for a Grant

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  • Essay Questions

  • 1. What is the key purpose of the program/project?
    2. How does the program/project address the issue of injustice and promote empowerment in the targeted greater Hampden County area?
    3. How many people will be impacted by this program/project?
    4. How is this program/project unique to the greater Hampden County?
    5. What is the scale of the project and the source of additional funding, if any?
    6. If the funds are requested for a component of a larger project, what component will be funded by the Carlos Vega Fund and how does it relate to the larger project?
    7. How will the project be evaluated? How would you measure success?
    8. What is the plan for funding the program/project in the future?

    Additional Information
    • Program/project budget
    • If your group is not currently incorporated as a non-profit, a completed Fiscal Sponsorship Certification Form must be attached to your application. The form is available on this website or contact Aaron Vega at carlosvegafund.413@gmail.com or 413-650-2550.

    We reserve the right to request additional documentation to assist in our decision.
    Application Deadline: March 16, 2020. Grants will be awarded May 8, 2020.