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Aug 03

CZI announces funding opportunity for organizations supporting local communities

Posted on August 3, 2020 at 8:30 pm by Clay Curtin

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) has announced the opening of the 2021 CZI Community Fund, a funding opportunity for local organizations working to bring increased equity, power and opportunity to communities in and around Redwood City, where CZI is headquartered. The 2021 Community Fund will support organizations working in Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks and Redwood City.

Applications can be submitted online or through paper application by August 17, 2020.

Created in 2017, the CZI Community Fund supports organizations providing resources and services to support basic needs – like housing and food assistance, education and job skills training; adapting and responding to emergent issues in our community, like COVID-19; and galvanizing community power and voice to help build an inclusive, just, and healthy future for everyone. These are organizations working to ensure the economic and social well-being of communities most impacted by structural racism and inequities, including Black, Latinx and Indigenous people; immigrants, regardless of documentation status; and people who identify as LGBTQIA .

“Local nonprofits have long led the fight to make sure that all members of our community have the opportunity and resources they need to thrive,” said Cristina Huezo, Director of Community at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. “Now more than ever, we’re proud to partner with these organizations, and are grateful for their tireless commitment to our community.”

Selected organizations will join the 2021 Community Fund grant partner cohort, receiving a one-time unrestricted or project grant up to $100,000, and the opportunity to participate in a collaborative co-designed capacity building program to support leadership and organizational development.

Since its launch, the CZI Community Fund has made grants to more than 70 local organizations. To learn more, including application criteria and eligibility requirements, visit the CZI Community Fund website.