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. 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. Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent. ZSR will begin accepting Letters of Intent (LOIs) on October 1, 2020. ZSR will review LOIs and contact select applicants who will move to the next phase of the process. This includes ZSR staff scheduling visits in these communities, or virtually if necessary, in Spring 2021. Grant decisions will be made in May 2021.
The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent is December 7, 2020 as 12:00 p.m. (noon).
How to Prepare a Letter of Intent
What To Prepare Before Submitting a Letter of Intent:
- View Community Progress Fund Frequently Asked Questions
- View sample Letter of Intent (LOI)
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the Community Progress Fund