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Community Impact Fund: Supporting DEI Learning and Work in the IE


Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF) is pleased to announce a request for proposals for the Community Impact Fund (CIF).

Donor Name: Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF)

State: California

Counties: Riverside County (CA), San Bernardino County (CA)

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 01/17/2022

Size of the Grant: $300,000


IECF invites organizations that are on their DEI journey—organizations that are practicing DEI or are learning to incorporate DEI into their organizational culture, structure, strategies, programs and services. They use the D5 Coalition definition of DEI as follow:

  • Diversity – Representation of varied identities and differences (race, ethnicity, disability, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, socio-economic status, education, etc.). Similarities are affirmed and differences are valued.
  • Equity – Improving equity is to promote justice, impartiality and fairness within the procedures, processes, and distribution of resources by institutions or systems. Tackling equity issues requires an understanding of the underlying or root causes of the disparities in outcomes for different groups in the society.
  • Inclusion- Promotes a culture of belonging, actively inviting the contribution and participation of all people. Inclusion refers to the degree to which diverse individuals are able to participate fully in the decision making processes within an organization or group. A truly “inclusive” group is necessarily diverse; a “diverse” group may or may not be “inclusive.”

Nonprofit organizations in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties that demonstrate learning needs or are currently engaged in this work are encouraged to apply.

Equity Grantmaking Objectives

  • Support and build the capacity and effectiveness of nonprofits, collaboratives and coalitions that are working to advance racial, gender and economic equity.
  • Provide flexible, unrestricted support to carefully selected nonprofits that demonstrate the interest and ability to strengthen their organizational effectiveness and capacity.
  • Support nonprofits providing quality, essential services in the areas of education, inclusive economic development, community development, and the environment, as well as those involved in civic engagement, community organizing, advocacy, power and movement building.
  • Support small budget sizes, levels of capacity, and infrastructure.

Funding Priorities

  • Mission, goals and programming address the critical needs of individuals and communities most impacted by racial, gender and economic inequity due to their race, income level, gender, religion, immigration status, disability, age, sexual orientation or zip code;
  • Programs, services and core activities are culturally and linguistically responsive to the needs of those served;
  • Clients, constituents and individuals most impacted by inequities are meaningfully engaged and involved in decision making to inform the organization’s strategies and work;
  • Commitment to practicing and institutionalizing equity, diversity and inclusion in governance, staffing, organizational practices and collaborative relationships is demonstrated.

Grant Amount

  • The maximum request and award is $20,000 for one year. Requests over $20,000 will be disqualified.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nonprofit, public benefit organizations with evidence of tax-exempt status under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and not classified as a private foundation.
  • Organizations that operate so that they do not discriminate in the hiring of staff or in providing services on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability.
  • Nonprofit organizations that have an operating budget of $2 million or less.

For more information, visit Community Impact Fund.

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