Announcing the Activate Fund

Overview

Nonprofit Fundamentals Grants

How will it work?

Grants totaling $1 million will go to 20 organizations at up to $50,000 each to support four key areas:

  1. Funding and Resources
  2. Operations
  3. Organizational Culture
  4. Program Development, Implementation and Evaluation

Who is eligible?

Eligible applicants must be a registered 501c3 in good standing and serve at least one of the following four counties: Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw. Selection will also be based on forming a diverse grantee cohort, developing a peer learning community, alignment with Co.act’s values and approach to capacity building.

Review our values, full eligibility and selection criteria in the program guidelines.

Detailed Information

Whether you are awarded a grant or not, Michigan Nonprofit Association’s Principles & Practices Assessment is available at no cost to nonprofit organizations through our Co.Lab Connect program. The assessment provides a holistic view of your organization’s strengths and opportunities for growth, with a  custom action plan and four hours of complimentary technical support from MNA. The assessment can help you determine how your organization can best take advantage of the Nonprofit Fundamentals grant program and craft a competitive application to meet your nonprofit’s most pressing needs. Organizations that have already taken the assessment through CoLab Connect will have the option to bypass this step if awarded a grant, as long as there have been no significant changes since the assessment was last taken (e.g., leadership changes, changes to the organization’s core mission).

Supporting documents for Nonprofit Fundamentals grants are available as PDFs at the links below.

 
 
 

Information Sessions

Out of concern for public health and safety, Co.act Detroit will be postponing all public events and bookings for the months of March and April, including all in-person information sessions and office hours for the Activate Fund Instead we will offer live webinars and virtual office hours to help you write your best application in the coming weeks.

See Information Session slides here.

Live Webinars:

  • Thursday, March 26: 6PM – 7PM
  • Friday, March 27: 12PM – 1 PM 

Virtual Office Hours:

  • Monday, April 6: 9AM – 1PM
  • Wednesday, April 8: 2PM – 6PM
  • Thursday, April 9: 9AM – 1PM
  • Thursday, April 16: 12PM- 4PM
  • Monday, April 20: 8AM – 12PM
  • Tuesday, April 21: 9AM – 8PM

Register for live webinars and virtual office hours here.

The application deadline will also be extended to April 22, 2020 at 11:59pm EST for both the Nonprofit Fundamentals and Collaboration grants.

Applications

Due to the potential for disruptions arising from COVID-19, we have extended the application deadline to 11:59pm EST on April 22, 2020. Applications must be submitted online.

Applications must answer all required questions and attach:

  1. Cover letter signed by executive or board leadership
  2. Total project budget (sample budget template here)
  3. List of Board of Directors or Trustees
  4. Operating budget for current fiscal year
  5. IRS 501(c)(3) federal tax-exemption letter
  6. Organization’s diversity/equity/inclusion philosophy (visit the Application Appendix for examples)
  7. Most recent certified financial audit or financial review (within the last fiscal year)*Applicants must provide a complete annual independent audit, an annual tax return (990/990 EZ), an active board of directors and an IRS determination letter verifying non-profit status. New initiatives or non-profits must present equivalent financial documentation such as audited financial statements or a board-approved budget.

Incomplete/partial applications will not be considered and deemed ineligible.

To complete an application in person, using a provided computer or other assistance, visit Co.act Detroit. Applicants who have a specific need to utilize an on-site computer should contact Co.act Detroit in advance to make an appointment to access a computer and wifi to submit their materials online.

 
 

Collaboration Pilot Award

How will it work?

The transformative potential of collaborative action has perhaps never been as clear as it is today. As we work together around the globe and within our communities to navigate these uncertain times, we also recognize the ways in which the mechanics of collaboration must change in the interest of public health.

That’s why we’ve expanded the Collaboration Pilot’s list of offerings to include virtual and web-based convenings. We also acknowledge that many new collaborations are forming to address this crisis, and we strongly encourage them to submit applications.

Up to five collaboratives will be awarded resources to enhance their work including paid space (physical or virtual), facilitators and convening support.

Who is eligible?

Collaboration applications must: 

  1. Meet the definition of formal collaboration and have the potential to meaningfully preserve, expand or improve effectiveness of services to constituents and/or improve financial health of the nonprofit(s) involved 
  2. Demonstrate commitment to the success of the collaborative venture among the partners at ED/ Board Chair level 
  3. Individually include at least one 501c3 registered nonprofit that meets financial criteria. 
  4. Collectively:
    1. Serve a community in Wayne county. Individually or collectively the group may serve additional counties. Collectively the group may serve one population or zip code within Wayne county.
    2. Be working towards a collective mission that they could not accomplish individually without working together.
    3. Demonstrate alignment of purpose among the partners.

Detailed Information

Supporting documents for Collaboration Pilot grants are available as PDFs at the links below.

 
 
 

Information Sessions

Out of concern for public health and safety, Co.act Detroit will be postponing all public events and bookings for the months of March and April, including all in-person information sessions and office hours for the Activate Fund Instead we will offer live webinars and virtual office hours to help you write your best application in the coming weeks.

See Information Session slides here.

Live Webinars:

  • Tuesday, March 31: 12PM-1PM 
  • Wednesday, Apri 1:  6PM-7PM 

Virtual Office Hours:

  • Monday, April 6: 9AM – 1PM
  • Wednesday, April 8: 2PM – 6PM
  • Thursday, April 9: 9AM – 1PM
  • Thursday, April 16: 12PM- 4PM
  • Monday, April 20: 8AM – 12PM
  • Tuesday, April 21: 9AM – 8PM

Register for live webinars and virtual office hours here.

The application deadline will also be extended to April 22, 2020 at 11:59pm EST for both the Nonprofit Fundamentals and Collaboration grants.

Applications

Applications are accepted via a four-step process.

  1. Attend virtual office hours (required)
  2. Submit a 1-page Letter of Intent (250-word max) to ActivateFundInfo@coactdetroit.org due by 11:59pm EST April 22, 2020. A sample Letter of Intent is available here.
    1. LOIs must be signed by Executive Director(s) and Board Chair(s) of at least two of the entities in the proposed collaboration, briefly describing what you hope to accomplish with the grant.
    2. The letter should briefly address what your organizations can accomplish together that you cannot do separately and what key issues you might address through the collaboration package.
  3. Receive invite-only application and submit materials.  Invited organizations will be required to provide:
    1. Cover letter signed by executive or board leadership
    2. Most recent certified financial audit or financial review (within the last fiscal year)*
    3. Total project budget* (sample template here)
    4. List of Board of Directors or Trustees
    5. Operating budget for current fiscal year
    6. IRS 501(c)(3) federal tax-exemption letter
    7. Organization’s diversity/equity/inclusion philosophy (visit the Application Appendix for examples)*Applicants must provide a complete annual independent audit, an annual tax return (990/990 EZ), an active board of directors and an IRS determination letter verifying non-profit status. New initiatives or non-profits must present equivalent financial documentation such as audited financial statements or a board-approved budget.Incomplete/partial applications will not be considered and deemed ineligible.
  4. Committee review and selection

To complete a letter of intent or application in person, using a provided computer or other assistance, visit Co.act Detroit. Applicants who have a specific need to utilize an on-site computer should contact Co.act Detroit in advance to make an appointment to access a computer and wifi to submit their materials online.

 

 

Contact Us

Email: activatefundinfo@coactdetroit.org
Phone: 313-789-1386