Q: What if I already have a grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative? Can I still submit a proposal to the CZI Community Fund?
Yes! We encourage all current and past local grantees to consider submitting a proposal. To be eligible, any current grants from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative must end by December 31, 2020. Note: If you have a grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative that is less than $20,000, you do not need to meet this requirement.
Special Note for 2020 (Current) CZI Community Fund Grant Recipients: If you are a current CZI Community Fund grant recipient and receive a grant through the fourth round of the CZI Community Fund, we will release the next payment after we receive the final report and for your 2020 Community Fund grant. We are open to accepting final reports early with the knowledge that the grant period has not yet ended. Please reach out to your CZI grant contact for more details.
Q: Can organizations that do not serve the communities of Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, and/or Redwood City apply?
No. This CZI Community Fund request for application (RFA) is available only to organizations serving the communities of Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, and/or Redwood City.
Q: Am I able to save my application on SurveyMonkey Apply and return to it at a later date?
SurveyMonkey Apply will allow you to safely save and resume your proposal and upload your budget documents any time before the proposal deadline. You will also be able to check the status of your proposal once it has been successfully submitted. Due to anticipated high volume, we will not be able to follow up on incomplete or inaccurate information. Please be sure that your proposal is complete prior to submission.
Upon submission of your proposal, you will receive an email confirming receipt. Please let us know if you did not get a confirmation email by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Missing Email Confirmation.”
Q: How will CZI decide between making unrestricted and project grants?
The Community Fund defaults to unrestricted, general operating support grants to provide partner organizations with maximum flexibility to carry out their missions.
We do anticipate a few instances where project support—funding restricted to specific activities—will be more appropriate. Examples include:
- A national organization that works in the specific communities we support through the CZI Community Fund
- Organizations that offer a broad array of activities and services that fall beyond the scope of the CZI Community Fund
- Upon specific request of the organization
CZI will review applications individually and make these specific funding decisions on a case-by-case basis.
Q: What are the budget guidelines? What documentation do I need to submit?
Most of the grants supported through the community fund will be one-year general support grants. To make decisions about financial sustainability, we ask for the following:
- A clear Budget Narrative on how your organization plans to use the grant.
- A full list of current Board Members. This list should include: names, professional affiliations, board positions, and years of service.
- Your organization’s Financial Summary for your current fiscal year. This summary should consist of income, expenses, and the names of your top three funding sources.
- Your organization’s Balance Sheet Summary. This summary should include details about assets and liabilities from your most current fiscal year and the prior year close.
We do not require a specific format for these documents; however, if you need a template, please contact us directly at email@example.com. Please include “Budget Template Request” in the subject line.
Q: Why has CZI incorporated meetings into the RFA process?
Our staff meet with finalist organizations that do not have pre-existing partnerships with CZI to deepen our understanding of each organization’s work, build relationships with teams, and get a better understanding of how CZI and finalist organizations can work together to achieve shared goals.
Q: What can’t CZI Community Fund grants be used for?
CZI Community Fund grants cannot be used to fund or support a number of organizational expenses or projects, including:
- Lobbying or contributions to political candidates
- Event sponsorships
- Academic or medical research
- Organizations that already have general operating support or sponsored project support from CZI beyond December 31, 2020.
Q: Is the CZI Community Fund the only CZI funding available to community organizations in the Bay Area?
While the CZI Community Fund is currently our only open RFA for community organizations in the Bay Area, it is just one component of CZI’s broader commitment to the Bay Area. CZI supports locally led work to respond to inequities facing marginalized communities and to create a place where all people can thrive.
In addition to the work of the Community team, our three core initiatives are also deeply engaged in work in the Bay Area.
Q: How often will you open the CZI Community Fund for grant proposals in the Bay Area?
We expect to hold an open proposal period for the CZI Community Fund RFA once per year, and we will continue to evaluate what cadence is most effective to address emerging needs. In addition, we will continue to engage community members to ensure that the CZI Community Fund is effective in its support to and partnership with local community organizations.
Q: How do I give feedback on the application process?
Once you have completed the application you will receive a confirmation email that will include a link to an experience survey. We welcome your feedback on the application process and experience.