On the Table CLT was initiated to spark dialogue but more importantly to catalyze community-led action. When we come together to learn from and with each other, we have the power to impact our communities. For that reason, Foundation For The Carolinas is pleased to launch the Act On Fund to mobilize ideas generated by On the Table CLT participants. A committee of community members will award microgrants ranging from $500-$2500.
How can I contribute?
The Act On Fund is also accepting contributions allowing the public to play a role in bringing the ideas to life. Any giving level is welcome and the hope is for it to be a community wide initiative. To that end, Reemprise Fund has offered a match challenge. The Fund will make a $10 contribution every time a donation of at least $10 is made, up to the to the first 500 individuals. To participate visit https://www.fftc.org/ActOn
How can I apply for an Act On grant?
Many thanks to the many organizations that participated in On the Table CLT this year! Apply for an Act On Grant by visiting https://fftcgrants.communityforce.com/funds/search.aspx from October 25 – December 7. In order to make the application creative and approachable, the majority of the application is submitted by recording and uploading a 2 minute YouTube video to our grant application page. Additional instructions regarding the video are provided below and on our grants page. We encourage you to think outside the box when making your video presentation!
*Participant Media’s America to Me team has generously contributed to Act On to support projects related to equity and inclusion for K-12 public education. Students and teachers, we want to hear from YOU. Check out the America to Me: Real Talk guide. Use the series as an iSPY, Where’s Waldo of structural inequities and then look at your own schools and classrooms. What are your ideas to disrupt every day racism in Charlotte? The project pitched can be small but should be doable. If you are a teacher, student, or public school please apply!
Selected winners will receive a 10-week pass to Starz to view America to Me.
To find the application, search under Grant Program Name for “On the Table; CLT: Act On Grants”. Please note to be eligible for a grant you must have participated in an On the Table Conversation and be an eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit, congregation, governmental institution, accredited educational organization, student or teacher. If you have any questions about eligibility or the grant application process please contact Whitney Feld at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704.973.4913.
Your video should address all ten questions below:
What is the name of your project?
Briefly describe your idea (Projects must reflect your capacity to execute)
How did your idea originate from your On the Table experience?
Why is your idea important for the community and how will it address Charlotte’s legacy of segregation? (Describe how it strengthens community, increases social cohesion and/or deepens civic engagement)
Who will be part of this initiative and why? (Identify your partners and what they bring to this project)
Where will your program or activity take place?
When will your program or activity take place?
Who will be served by your project? (Describe the population served, total size of your intended audience, neighborhood(s) served, etc.)
What makes this project unique? (Consider how this project is innovative or applies a solution in a new way)
How will you define success?
How will the awards be determined and granted?
On October 25, 2018, the Act On Fund application will open and will receive applications through December 7, 2018. A community-led grant committee will meet in early December to review all applications and recommend award recipients. Grant decisions will be communicated in mid-December. Action projects must be concluded by June 30, 2018.
Grant awards will range from $500-$2500 depending on the projects. Projects requesting micro grants should be appropriately sized and budgeted to be completed by June 30th.