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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:

02/22/19 4:00 PM CT


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Grant ranging from $25,000 to $35,000 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.

In Fall 2019, FBB will make a capacity-building grant to one organization with the goal of increasing that organization’s ability to support its target population. This is an open, competitive process and will assess applicants on their ability to provide evidence-driven, innovative solutions that reach underserved communities. Key program requirements are: Innovation, Evidence-driven, and Performance Measures.

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

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

1. 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).

2. Impacts underserved or underrepresented geographic areas or populations

3. Impacts historically oppressed peoples (e.g. racial minorities, minority sexual or gender identities, people living with disability)

4. Uses a collaborative approach

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178634

Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Estimated available funds are $25,000 to $35,000. Estimated award amount is $30,000.

Term of Contract:

Project Period: November 1, 2019 - March 1, 2021

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:
1. Advocacy organizations and projects.
2. Programs run in a specific religious world view or that proselytize in their organization.
3. Organizations which have already received a Compassionate Impact Grant from FBB.

Pre-Application Information:

The Letter of Intent (LOI) application window begins on January 8, 2019 and ends on February 22, 2019, 4:00pm Central Time.

FBB staff will notify organizations no later than March 29, 2019 of an invitation to submit a full funding proposal. If you are not contacted directly by that time, your LOI has not advanced your organization to the next round. Please do not request information if you are not invited to submit a complete funding proposal.

The budget for this program should be at least twice the amount requested from FBB. The program budget should be as follows: up to 50% funded by FBB, and 50% or more funded by the organization and/or matching funds from other grant-makers. These funds should be existing or secured already. Funds contingent on receiving the CIG funds is acceptable.

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:

Please direct any questions to Wendy Webber. Emails will be answered between February 4th and 15th only.

Wendy Webber, Programs Director

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

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