Q: What are the reporting requirements for this grant?
A: CZI values continuous learning and improvement for ourselves and the organizations we fund. We strive to be service-oriented, equity-centered, pragmatic, and action-focused in our monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) work.
With that in mind, we have the following expectations for data collection and reporting for organizations that receive an inclusive entrepreneurship grant:
- Grantee organizations will work with an independent evaluation team hired by CZI to refine the portfolio’s evaluation and learning plan through 2 synchronous meetings. This will require about 5 hours of staff time. (Summer/Fall 2023)
- Based on the refined learning plan, organizations will be responsible for coordinating data collection and reporting data to the independent evaluator up to two times per year.
- Organizations must also participate in bi-annual learning and reflection sessions with the evaluation team.
We anticipate data collection, reporting, and attending meetings will require roughly 5 staff hours per quarter. (Fall 2023-Summer 2025)
We would like the evaluation process to be co-created with the grantee organizations to ensure the data collection process, analysis, and insights can benefit grantee organizations. If you have any additional questions or concerns about the evaluation requirements, please contact email@example.com.
Q: Given the robust reporting expectations, can we request funding to support data collection?
A: Yes. If your organization is selected to submit a full proposal, your organization will be asked to submit a budget proposal. Funds may be allocated toward data collection and evaluation expenses.
Q: Is there a limit to the overhead expenses we can request in our budget proposal?
A: Yes. Overhead should be limited to 20% of the total project budget. Other eligible expenses include the following:
- Programmatic expenses, including staff salaries and benefits
- Capital for entrepreneurs, such as micro-grants and loans
- Data collection for reporting and capacity
- Overhead expenses (up to 20%)
Q: What if I already have a grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative? Can I still submit a letter of inquiry to the inclusive entrepreneurship RFA?
A: Yes! We encourage all current and past grant partners that support underrepresented entrepreneurs to consider submitting a proposal.
Q: Can organizations that do not serve the nine-county Bay Area apply?
A: No. This Inclusive Entrepreneurship Request for Application (RFA) is available only to organizations that work in the nine-county Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma counties).
Q: Am I able to save my LOI/application and return to it at a later date?
You can safely save and resume your proposal 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 the 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 much is CZI committing to the 2023 Inclusive Entrepreneurship RFA?
The 2023 CZI Community Fund will make an anticipated $3 million in grants to nonprofits. Selected organizations will receive two-year project grants of $500,000.
Q: How do I give feedback on the LOI/application process?
If you have any feedback or questions about the application process, please contact us directly at email@example.com.
Q: What is the payment structure of the Inclusive Entrepreneurship grant?
Selected organizations will receive the entire grant amount ($500,000) at the beginning of the grant period. Since the grant period is two years, the 2-year budget request should not exceed $500,000.