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Compassionate Impact Grant (CIG)

Grant to a USA Nonprofit that Addresses the Barriers faced by
Low-Income Communities and the Underserved

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB)

Deadline Date:

02/23/18 4:00 PM CT


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Grant ranging from $30,000 to $40,000 to a USA nonprofit organization that focuses on ways to impact low-income communities and/or underserved populations. Funding is intended to support a social initiative that is transformative, innovative, evidence-based, and solves community problems.

Key program requirements are:

- Innovation: The Compassionate Impact Grant program will fund organizations that are developing potentially transformative solutions. FBB seeks to support an organization that pursues a new way to solve old problems with a solution that is more efficient, faster, increases cost-effectiveness, and leads to better results for the population served and the broader community.

- Evidence-driven: Organizations must utilize evidence to drive the development and implementation of their program. Organizations are asked to provide a thorough summary of the evidence or studies that have influenced their program. In addition, the organization must demonstrate their understanding of the range of studies and various schools of thought regarding how communities should approach this particular problem. FBB categorizes evidence-driven program as relying on one of three types of evidence: preliminary evidence, moderate evidence, and strong evidence. Please see the guidelines attached below in Supporting Documents for more details.

- Performance Measures: FBB seeks to fund organizations that utilize rigorous methods to collect and analyze data regarding the performance of their programs. Sufficient performance measure systems will involve the collection of valid and reliable data through monitoring and evaluations, and analysis of data at regular intervals.

FBB will give priority consideration to organizations that can establish that their approach:

- Impacts low-income communities.

A low-income community in the United States is defined as one in which the majority of households have incomes at 200% or less of the U.S federal poverty guidelines, or where other indicators of low-income are present such as significant numbers of children enrolled in the free or reduced lunch program, long term unemployment, significant risk of homelessness for the population, low school achievement, persistent hunger, or serious mental illness

Low income international communities are defined as communities that struggle to meet the basic needs of their residents (jobs, sanitation, education, etc.) and/or are located in a region where the cost of living is below the Gross National Income (GNI).

- Impacts underserved or underrepresented geographic areas or populations.

- Uses a collaborative approach.

Strong applicants must use rigorous methods to collect data regarding their program. Applicants must demonstrate past and current use of data to perform program evaluation and make improvements in the overall efficacy of their program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178634

Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The estimated available funds is $30,000 to $40,000. The estimated award amount is $35,000

Term of Contract:

The project period is November 1, 2018 to March, 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants: All applicants must be nonprofit organizations with current 501(c)3 status with United States Internal Revenue Service.

Previous applicants are welcome to reapply.

Programs not ​eligible for consideration:
- Advocacy organizations and projects.
- After-school programs in the United States.
- Programs run in a specific religious world view or that proselytize in their organization.
- Organizations which have already received a Compassionate Impact Grant from FBB.

Pre-Application Information:

The Letter of Intent (LOI) application window begins on January 22, 2018 and ends on February 23, 2018, 4:00pm Central Time. The LOI is an open call for organizations to submit funding proposals for potential programs that meet the eligibility criteria.

An applicant cannot save the LOI mid-process. Please allow extra time and have all materials ready before beginning. Late applications will not be considered. The Letter of Intent must be submitted in Google Docs format or PDF format.

FBB staff will notify organizations no later than March 26, 2018​ of the Foundation's invitation ​to submit a full funding proposal. If the applicant is not contacted directly by that time, the applicant's LOI has not advanced the organization to the next round. Please do not request information if the applicant is not​ invited to submit a complete funding proposal.

All applicants are required to provide a 1:1 cash match with documentation.

Please direct any questions to Wendy Webber. Emails will be answered between February 5 and 12th only.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To submit a Letter of Intent:

Wendy Webber, Programs Director

Foundation Beyond Belief
211 Baker Rd., #531
Barker, TX 77413

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming