Community Engagement Mini Grant
Build unity, celebrate community, and #StopHate.
In the face of hate and bias, the County of Santa Clara’s Division of Equity and Social Justice (DESJ) is offering Mini Grants for individuals and groups to-lead activities that empower vulnerable, marginalized communities and address the concerning rise of hate incidents and acts in Santa Clara County. Grant awards are up to $2,500.
Click on the application below to apply.
Check out previous mini grant projects from the County of Santa Clara's Office of Women's Policy and the LA vs. Hate initiative. For more, see 20 Ideas for Action by United Against Hate.
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About the Community Engagement Mini Grant Project
These grants are intended for community members and groups, including but not limited to, students, educators, artists, storytellers, activists, grass root organizations, neighborhood groups, and community-based organizations. Proposed activities/projects for grant awards are meant to promote cultural understanding, relationship building, allyship, and/or educating the community about resources and services that address the concerning rise of hate incidents and acts in Santa Clara County.
DESJ will offer flexible, easy-to-access funding for community members and groups. The mini grant award process is designed to be accessible, inclusive and welcoming to maximize opportunities for innovative, community driven activities.
Mini grant applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis from August 30, 2021 – June 30, 2022 OR until grants are exhausted, whichever comes first.
Your Questions, Answered in our FAQ
1. What is a "hate crime"?
A. The term "hate crime" describes various crimes of violence against a person, threats of violence against a person, or damage to property because of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, gender or sexual orientation, or because there is a perception the person has one or more of those characteristics. For more information, visit the Hate Crimes Team's website from the County of Santa Clara District Attorney's Office
2. Who can apply for the Mini Grants?
Any individual resident of Santa Clara County or any group, including nonprofits, grass root organizations, advocacy groups that are located in Santa Clara County.
3. What are the eligibility requirements for Mini Grants?
a. Eligible applicants must be 18 years or older.
b. Must be a resident of Santa Clara County or an organization located in Santa Clara County.
In addition, for proposals to be considered, the applicant must:
· Propose projects or activities that will take place in Santa Clara County.
· Have a valid government identification card and US bank account
· Provide a W-9 Tax form with the application to be considered for a mini grant award.
4. What type of documentation do I need to provide with my application?
A. Applicants must attach a filled-out W-9 tax form in order for the application to be considered complete.
5. What type of activities, events, and/or projects will be considered for application proposals?
A. Examples of activities, events, and/or projects will be considered for application proposals:
· Community Listening Sessions to build awareness, identify lessons learned, and/or foster community healing process
· Development of Education Materials and/or Toolkits to support cross community education, learning and allyship with a wide outreach plan
· Trainings/Workshops to offer bystander intervention, and/or community/neighborhood ambassador trainings
· Know Your Rights Campaigns to promote awareness of hate crimes and resources through local grassroot outreach campaigns
· Community Outreach Campaigns to educate the community at large about resources and information to prevent, address, and combat hate crimes
· Hosting Speaker Series/Speaker Panels to promote community dialogue on cross cultural understanding and allyship
· Community Event(s) to provide a venue for celebrating contribution by marginalized communities, and/or promote cross-cultural community forums for education and support of the community
· Storytelling Project(s) to celebrate, preserve local history and educate the next generation about historically marginalized communities.
6. If I am selected, how will the Mini Grant award be provided?
A. All applicants who receive a Mini Grant award will need to sign a Mini Grant agreement and provide a voided check or a bank memo to set up disbursement of the Mini Grant award via direct deposit to the Applicant’s bank account.
7. What is the application timeframe?
A. While applications are accepted from August 30, 2021 through June 30, 2022 OR until funds are exhausted, we recommend that you apply as soon as possible! Mini grants are first come, first served and we expect a strong community interest.
8. When will I be notified about my application status?
A. All applicants will receive a confirmation of their submitted application within 2 business days. Applicants should expect to hear back from our team within about 30 days regarding the outcome of their application including whether they were selected to receive a grant award.
9. What if I have questions that are not listed here?
a. Attend our Q&A upcoming Q&A Sessions
Tuesday November 9, 2021 at 5:30 PM on Zoom
b. Contact us
Jessica Acosta, [email protected]
Tinh Nguyen, [email protected]
1. How much is this grant for?
A. Grant awards range from $200-$2500.
2. Are college dream centers eligible to apply?
A. Yes, make sure to identify the actual entity/organization that is to receive the money.
3. Can you share projects funded in the past?
A. Please see inspiring project ideas on the Mini Grant website page or visit our previous mini grant project report for the Office of Women’s Policy (100th Anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement).
4. Once awarded, how much time do you have to submit your project?
A. Each project should be completed at least 30 days before June 30, 2022 with the final report about the project due no later than June 30, 2022.
5. What if you started your nonprofit this year?
A. If a nonprofit is not fully set up, someone could apply as an individual on behalf of the organization.
6. What if you started a nonprofit this year and you don’t have W9?
A. If a nonprofit is not fully set up, someone could apply as an individual instead of on behalf of the organization.
7. Can a for-profit organization apply?
A. Yes, a for-profit organization is able apply as long as the organization is eligible under the specified criteria listed on the application and the required documentation can be provided.
8. Would a new organization focused on minority issues and empowerment to create equity with college students and seniors be able to apply? What if the organization is a for profit?
A. Yes, the organization is able apply as long as the organization is eligible under the specified criteria listed on the application and the required documentation can be provided.
9. I'm from an unincorporated community organization and we plan to use a fiscal agent to apply for a grant. Is there anything specific that we should know about this situation?
A. As long as the individual/organization is eligible under the specified criteria listed on the application and the required documentation can be provided, the individual/organization is eligible to apply.
10. I will be applying as an individual. Is it best to have the venue chosen before submitting an application, or is an estimated rental fee enough for a proposal?
A. An estimate would be valid; however, issues can arise if a venue is not in place beforehand.
11. Any priority in terms of organization entities vs individual? Is there a scoring criterion that can be looked at?
A. No, there is not a priority in terms of applicants who are organizations versus applicants who are individuals.
Please refer the mini grant application, Section V. Evaluation (Criteria) for how proposals are evaluated and prioritized for grant awards.
Activities/projects/trainings that promote cross-cultural understanding, relationship building activities among community members, learning about allyship to support those affected by hate and bias, outreach to young developing minds, sharing and celebrating the history of marginalized communities are highly encouraged.