Community Progress Fund Letter of Intent Information

*Information about how to submit an invited application is below.
ZSR held a webinar about the Foundation's Community-Based strategy (including Collaborative Problem-Solving and Community Progress Fund) on October 15, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. During the webinar, ZSR staff answered questions from webinar participants about both grant opportunities. 

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ZSR’s Community Based Strategy includes two grant opportunities -- a Collaborative Problem-Solving approach and a Community Progress Fund. The Community Progress Fund is designed to provide an infusion of short-term funding at a pivotal moment and is intended to build on existing momentum to help move an issue, an idea or an organization forward. The range for Progress Fund grant awards is $20,000-$30,000 per year for one to two years.

ZSR asks that proposals demonstrate existing momentum within the community, and how, with an infusion of funds, an issue or an organization will move forward to test an idea or achieve greater impact. ZSR hopes that engaging with community members through the Progress Fund grant cycle will allow the Foundation to support communities and better understand how different communities experience change, opportunity, and challenges in unique ways. Thus, the parameters for this approach are intentionally broad. In addition, ZSR desires to be accessible to areas of the state that have relatively higher needs and fewer resources, and to support and learn from those communities as described above. Consequently, preference will be given to those areas of the state. Our goal is to award a significant portion of grants to organizations that are run by and primarily serve people of color, therefore ZSR strongly encourages proposals from these organizations.

Please note that submitting a Letter of Intent is the preliminary step in introducing a proposal to ZSR. Therefore, it is not necessary to contact a ZSR staff member prior to submitting an LOI.

Read more about ZSR's Progress Fund selection criteria. ZSR will review Letters of Intent and invite approximately 40 to 50 applicants to continue the application process. During the application process, ZSR staff will travel to applicants’ communities and dedicate time to engaging with applicants and learning about their communities and the work they hope to accomplish with a Progress Fund grant.

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How to Prepare an Invited Application


What To Prepare Before Submitting an Invited Application:

If your organization is invited to submit a full application, you will receive a notification from ZSR that you have been invited to submit a full application. The application form will be placed in your online account. A link to access your online account is below.

To access your online account for the application form or submitted Letter of Intent, click here.