Inland Empire Capaciteria


Community Development

Mar 31 2017

Buckminster Fuller Institute Issues a Request for Proposals for Innovative Solutions to Humanity's Most Pressing Problems

The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) has announced a Request for Proposals for the 2017 Fuller Challenge. Through the annual program, the institute invites activists, architects, artists, designers, entrepreneurs, scientists, students, and planners from all over the world to submit innovative solutions to some of humanity's most pressing problems.

BFI looks for holistic strategies that demonstrate a clear grasp of big-picture dynamics. If a proposal emphasizes a new design, material, process, service, tool or technology, it is essential that it be part of an integrated strategy that simultaneously addresses key social, environmental, and economic factors.

The institute seeks initiatives that tackle urgent needs at a range of scales: from macro-strategies that have the potential for widespread impact to local community-based initiatives with global relevance and replicability. Proposals at any stage of development will be reviewed; nonprofit, for-profit, and hybrid initiatives are all eligible.

Grant Amount: Total funding available is $100,000.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants include those that demonstrates comprehensive problem solving and anticipatory design.

Due Date:  March 31, 2017

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Apr 19 2017

Corporation for National and Community Services Announces Funding for Americorp Programs

AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to strengthen communities. An AmeriCorps member is an individual who engages in community service through an approved national service position. Members may receive a living allowance and other benefits while serving. Upon successful completion of their service, members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award from the National Service Trust that members can use to pay for higher education expenses or apply to qualified student loans.

This competition is for applicants proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in the following two areas:

1.Healthy Futures - Reducing and/or Preventing Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse and

2.Safer Communities - Strengthening law enforcement and community relations.

Grant Amount: Grant amounts range from $100,000 to $3,000,000.

Eligibility: Eligible organizations include:

•State, County, City or township governments and Special district governments

•Nonprofits, other than institutions of higher education

•Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)

•Public, Private and State controlled institutions of higher education

•Independent school districts 

Due Date: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a Notification of Intent to apply for this competition, but it is not required. Notifications of Intent to Apply should be filed by Wednesday, April 19, 2017.  Applications are due May 10, 2017.

For more information, visit: opportunity.html?oppId=291804


Apr 28 2017

Kaplan Fund Invites Applications for 2017 Innovation Prize

The J.M. Kaplan Fund is accepting first-round applications for its 2017 J.M.K. Innovation Prize.

Through the biannual program, the foundation will award up to ten prizes to individuals or teams in the U.S. working to address a pressing need through social sector innovation. The prize will provide support for interdisciplinary innovation in the fields of cultural heritage, human rights, the built environment, and the natural environment.

The prize is designed to support high-risk, early-stage ideas that represent a game-changing answer to a clearly identified need; demonstrate an interdisciplinary or hybridized approach, ideally involving at least two of the four areas of interest to the fund; demonstrate the potential to develop an actionable pilot or prototype with prize funding; show potential to scale impact beyond the initial pilot or prototype; and hold out the promise to benefit multiple individuals, communities, or sectors through a clearly articulated theory of change. 

Grant Amount: Ten prizes will be awarded. The prize will provide up to three years of support at $50,000 per year, as well as a $25,000 "bank" of funds available for technical assistance or targeted project expenses.

Eligibility: The Fund normally makes grants to organizations in the United States which have tax- exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (and are not private foundations within the meaning of section 107(c)(1) of the code), and to state colleges and universities. The Fund will also consider grant requests from organizations based outside the United States if they have documented equivalent 501(c)(3) status. The Fund does not make grants to individuals.

Due Date:  April 28, 2017

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May 09 2017

Impact Fund Announces Funding to Support Litigation to Advance Social Justice

The Impact Fund will provide grants to legal services nonprofits, private attorneys and/or small law firms that seek to advance justice in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice, and/or poverty law.  Grants are usually awarded for one particular case, but occasionally the fund will support a series of cases bound by a common strategy. Most grants are for class actions, but multi- plaintiff and environmental justice cases that aim to significantly affect a larger system are encouraged.

Impact Fund grants may be used for out-of-pocket litigation expenses such as expert fees and discovery costs, but not for attorney’s fees, staff, or other overhead. Specifically, grants are intended to support cases that could not be effectively prosecuted and/or in which financial hardship would occur to the applicant if supplementary funding were not available. Grants may cover reasonable costs and out-of-pockets expense including non-recoverable costs) such as deposition expenses, expert fees, ad investigation expenses.

Grant Amount: Grant amount $25,000.

Eligibility: To be eligible, legal services nonprofit organizations, private attorneys, and/or small law firms that seek to advance justice in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice, and/or poverty law.

Due Date: Letters of Interest must be received no later than April 11,2 017. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by May 9, 2017.

For more information, visit: requirements/grant-criteria/


Dec 29 2017

The Economic Development Administration Accepting Applications for Investments in Economic Development

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) is seeking applications from applicants in rural and urban areas to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works programs. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities. EDA provides strategic investments on a competitive- merit-basis to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States.

Grant Amount: Grant amounts range from $100,000 to $3,00,000

Eligibility: Eligible organizations include: 

•City and County governments

•Native America tribal governments and organizations



Due Date: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

For more information, visit: opportunity.html?oppId=290874


Dec 29 2017

The Nathan Cummings Foundation Accepting Applications for Inclusive Clean Economies, Racial and Economic Justice, Corporate and Political Accountability, and Arts and Culture

The Nathan Cummings Foundation is committed to creating a more just, vibrant, sustainable and democratic society. Grants focus on finding solutions to the climate crisis and growing inequality and aim to transform the systems and mindsets that hinder progress toward a more sustainable and equitable future for all people, particularly women and people of color.

The Foundation invests in four focus areas:

•Accelerating a just transition to a more inclusive clean economy, where communities on the front lines are creating solutions to the climate crisis and where prosperity for all people is not at odds with a healthy environment. 

•Advancing racial and economic justice, by unlocking markets that have excluded generations from economic opportunity, reforming systems that criminalize and lifting up new models of democratic inclusion.

•Increasing corporate and political accountability, spurring greater transparency and more democratic systems and structures.

•Harnessing the transformative power of the arts, contemplative practice and religious traditions to change hearts and minds by amplifying the voices, creativity and culture that can build empathy, nurture compassion and shift narratives about race, class, gender and ethnicity, who has power and how we value the planet.

Grant Amount: Grant amount not specified.

Eligibility:  Eligible applicants must be 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

Due Date: Letters of Inquiry are accepted on an ongoing basis and reviewed within 60 days.

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Dec 29 2017

Third Wave Provides Rapid Response Funding for Youth Activism and Gender Justice Programs

Third Wave’s Mobilize Power Fund is a rapid response fund that supports the leadership of young women of color, trans, gender non-conforming, queer, and intersex youth under 35 in social movements. The fund may support actions against criminalization and violence, urgent community organizing or direct action, unanticipated legislative or ballot initiative campaigns, leadership training or participatory action research, healing and healing justice work, legal or bail fees, marches or rallies. These actions should specifically address patriarchy, transphobia, homophobia, gender inequity, or gender-based violence, racial justice, economic justice, immigration justice, reproductive justice, health and HIV/AIDS justice, trans/intersex/queer justice, disability justice, healing justice, anti- violence and/or anti-criminalization work.

Campaigns, efforts, or organizations must be led by the communities they serve and be responsive and accountable to those communities. The event or situation must be unanticipated and require urgent or timely action that is well thought out with clear goals and desired outcomes.

Grant Amount: Grant awards of up to $3,000 are available. Larger grants may be made on a case-by- case basis.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants must be organizations with budgets under $500,000 and that are based in areas with limited access to philanthropic resources are prioritized. Organizations do not need a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status or a fiscal sponsor to receive funding. Third Wave strongly encourages grassroots organizations, groups, and collectives led by and for young people of color and low-income communities to apply.

Due Date: Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis and reviewed the 15th day of the month.

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Dec 31 2017

JP Morgan Chase Accepting Applications for Programs which Support Financial Capability, Small Business Development, Affordable Housing and Workforce Readiness

JPMorgan Chase believes that the company has a fundamental responsibility to help clients and our communities navigate a complex global economy and address their economic and social challenges. JPMorgan Chase works with community partners to create pathways to opportunity by supporting workforce development, financial capability, small business development and community development in the regions where they do business.

Grant Amount: Grant amounts not specified.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants include not-for-profit organizations exempt from federal income taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. JPMorgan Chase does not fund certain organizations and activities regardless of tax status. See website below for further detail.

Due Date: Letters of Inquiry are accepted on a rolling basis.

For more information, visit: Responsibility/grant-programs-us.htm


Dec 31 2017

The County of Riverside Announces Funding for Innovative Programs, Projects and Services

The County of Riverside Purchasing and Fleet Services Department, on behalf of the Community Action Commission (CAC) and Community Action Partnership of Riverside County (CAP Riverside) seeks to fund innovative programs, projects, and services county-wide that address one of four (4) top priorities identified in the 2015 CAP Riverside Community Needs Assessment:

•employment and/or employment training

•cost of living -- safe and affordable childcare, or spaying/neutering services

•access to social services or technology

•safe, quality, after hours/after school community youth programs.

CAP Riverside’s purpose is to support high-impact community initiatives that facilitate the agency’s vision and mission to end poverty in Riverside County. All programs must benefit Riverside County residents living at or below poverty level as per the current Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Income Poverty Guidelines. All proposed programs must focus on moving families out of poverty, build on existing community resources and assets and provide services authorized under the CSBG funding.

Grant Amount: $125,000 is available for each priority area. 

Eligibility:   Programs/services must be sustainable beyond CSBG funding.  CAP Riverside will not fund projects that are solely dependent upon CSBG funding because of lack of funding, thus causing the termination of a program. Proposals for services outside the scope of identified funding priorities and/or service area (Riverside County) will not be considered for funding.  CAP Riverside will not fund construction of facilities, purchase of property or materials for rehabilitation of dwellings.

Applicants may apply for one or more funding priorities (on separate applications); however, only one grant will be awarded to any one applicant.

Due Date: This is an ongoing opportunity.

For more information, please contact: Richard P Strickland, CPPB at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (951) 358-3957