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A Community Thrives (ACT)

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Schools, and Municipalities
for Fundraising Efforts to Benefit Local Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Gannett Foundation and Gannett Media Corp

Deadline Date:

06/30/21 9:00 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and Guam nonprofit organizations, schools, and municipalities to support fundraising efforts. The program is intended to support projects and ideas designed to build communities and help underserved groups and individuals. Funding will be based on the ability of an organization to raise donations for its cause. Three types of grants will be awarded: Project grants, Incentive grants, and Operating grants. Organizations will also be eligible to join bonus challenge rounds.

Please note that the applicant organization must meet the fundraising minimum during the online fundraising challenge in order to be eligible for grants. 

Application Submission Focus: Projects must contribute to and/or focus on community building with a preference for impacting historically under-served individuals and groups. Community building is defined for this program as activities, projects, or events that create or enhance the sense of community amongst individuals or groups in a region (neighborhood, city, or region). Projects should involve individual and community support, either financially or through personal service.

There are three types of grants in the A Community Thrives program. 

  1. National Project Grants can be awarded to any applicant accepted to the challenge after the organization meets the fundraising minimum.
  2. Local Operating Grants can be awarded to any applicant that serves a local Gannett market, accepted to the challenge, after the organization meets the fundraising minimum.
  3. Fundraising Grants will be awarded based on fundraising success. A total of $200,000 will be awarded during the Fundraising phase of the Campaign to those qualifying organizations that raise the most funds or activate the most unique donors.

Bonus Challenge Grants: 

  • There will be four (4) Bonus Challenges during the period of July 19th, 2021 at noon ET – August 13th, 2021 at noon ET. All qualified entrants shall be eligible to compete for the Bonus Challenge Grants.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185251

Number of Grants:

There will be sixteen (16) Project Grants. The top three fundraisers in each Tier will receive Incentive Grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Project Grants:
- Three (3) Project Grants each in the amount of $100,000
- Seven (7) Project Grants each in the amount of $50,000
- Six (6) Project Grants each in the amount of $25,000

Local Community Operating Grants: Minimum Operating Grant amount is $2,500. The maximum amount of the Operating Grants awarded will be One Million Three Hundred Thousand Dollars ($1,300,000).

Incentive Grants:
A total of $200,000 will be awarded during the Fundraising phase of the Campaign to those qualifying organizations that raise the most funds, as follows:
The top three (3) fundraisers with at least ten (10) unique donors in each of the two (2) Tiers at the end of the Campaign Challenge period will receive an incentive grant of:
- $25,000 Top Fundraiser (one (1) winner in each Tier)
- $15,000 Second Highest Fundraiser (one (1) winner in each Tier)
- $10,000 Third Highest Fundraiser (one (1) winner in each Tier)

Bonus Challenge Grants: There will be four (4) Bonus Challenges during the period of July 19, 2021 – August 13, 2021.
- Bonus Challenge #1: Four (4) charities (2 in each tier) with the most unique donors (during the time period below) on its Official Fundraising Campaign Page will each receive $5,000.
- Bonus Challenge #2: Eight (8) charities (4 in each tier) to raise the most dollars in Eligible Donations (during the time period below) on its Official Fundraising Campaign Page will each receive $3,000.
- Bonus Challenge #3: Six (6) charities (3 per tier) that receive the most unique donors (during the time period below) on its Official Fundraising Campaign Page will each receive $4,000
- Bonus Challenge #4: Eight (8) charities (4 in each tier) to raise the most dollars in Eligible Donations (during the time period below) on its Official Fundraising Campaign Page will each receive $4,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Participants. The ACT Challenge is only open to legal entities (a) incorporated or organized within the 50 United States, Guam, or the District of Columbia, (b) with valid Employer Identification Numbers (“EINs”) and physical mailing addresses, (c) located in the U.S., Guam. or District of Columbia and support domestic projects only, and (d) that have and will maintain tax-exempt status under sections 501(c)(3), and 509(a)(1,2) of the Internal Revenue Code throughout the ACT Challenge. Municipalities (for example, departments of park and recreation, schools) are also eligible to apply.

If you’re an individual with an idea for community change, contact an eligible nonprofit in your area and apply together. Please note that 509a3 organizations and private non-operating foundations are not eligible, and therefore will not be approved to participate in the Challenge.

Sponsor and Grant Provider and their respective parents, affiliate companies, subsidiaries, their respective officers, directors, independent contractors, agents, judges, advertising and promotion agencies and anyone involved in the development of the ACT Challenge are not eligible to submit an entry or to receive an award (defined below). Employees, independent contractors, officers, and directors, of Administrator as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) and household members of each such employee, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- The 2021 Application will be open from June 1st at 12:00pm ET - June 30th at 9:00pm ET
- Applications will be reviewed and grant recipients will be announced in September 2021.

Fundraise:
Organizations fundraise on their official A Community Thrives challenge page leveraging their social networks and compete for Top Fundraiser Grants ($10,000-$25,000) and Bonus Challenge Grants ($3,000-$5,000) from July 19th, 2021 at noon ET - August 13th, 2021 at noon ET. Nonprofits who would like to be considered for $2,000,000 in merit grants must fundraise through the crowdfunding campaign, A Community Thrives Challenge, and raise a minimum amount depending on the organization's operating budget.
- Tier 1 organizations will be those organizations that entered an Annual Operating Budget of less than $500,000 in their application, and must raise $3,000 minimum.
- Tier 2 organizations will be those organizations that entered an Annual Operating Budget of $500,000 or more in their application, and must raise $6,000 minimum.
- Organizations operating in Gannett markets that meet the fundraising minimums will be considered for Local Operating Grants.

All entrants keep the funds they raise regardless of whether they achieve any minimum fundraising amounts. Funds will be distributed by Administrator’s agent either bi-monthly electronically or monthly if paper, as elected by the applicant.

FAQs:
https://acommunitythrives.mightycause.com/giving-events/act21/faq

How it works:
https://acommunitythrives.mightycause.com/giving-events/act21/how-it-works

Application Instructions:
https://acommunitythrives.mightycause.com/giving-events/act21/app-instructions

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:
https://acommunitythrives.mightycause.com/giving-events/act21/registration

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Geographic Focus:

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

USA Territories: Guam (USA)

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