How to Find Grants for Black Men Offered by Foundations

| August 28, 2013 | 1 Comment

Grants For Black MenFoundations often target minority groups for funding when a particular group is disproportionately affected by issues such as poverty, unemployment or crime. This is often the case with grants that support black men. For example, if drop out rates are much higher in black men than in whites, foundations may choose to support education initiatives that seek to boost those graduation rates through community tutoring and mentoring. If you are looking to start a non-profit organization to work with black men or expand one you work at already, here is some information on finding grants that specifically target your cause. I’ve also provided an example of a great community group that was fostered through a large foundation grant that’s doing just that.

Finding Grants for Black Men Through Foundation Center
The Foundation Center is a watchdog of the grants industry maintaining information on over 100,000 private foundations that offer grant support. They also conduct research on foundation support for various population groups that help identify trends and measure results. In this video, their Vice President for Research Lawrence T. McGill speaks about how to identify grants that specifically help black men. While the center offers a paid service to view listings on foundations that offer grants, you can get free access to their Foundation Directory Online at over 470 cooperating collections across the United States. Use this search to find a library or non-profit center near you offering the directory. Be aware that just because a foundation doesn’t list that it supports grants for black men that this does not mean it doesn’t. But start with foundations that list this as a population group that they target for grants and go from there.

This group is an example of how a program springs into existence through a grant from a foundation like this. In 2011, BMe was started through support from the Knight Foundation. The group is a society of black men supporting work in their own local communities. The project allowed men in Detroit and Philadelphia to tell their own stories through video and eventually compete for BMe Leadership Awards. Knight Foundation then infused $400,000 to 20 smaller programs run by the selected BMe Leaders. Through further grants from Open Society Foundation and the Heinz Endowment, BMe has now expanded into Baltimore and Pittsburgh. Its current initiative works with Lacek Group. BMe is a perfect example of how an idea for change can start with one source of funding and pick up speed as it rolls down the hill.

Tags: ,

Category: Minority Grants

About the Author ()

Kipp is the Contributing Editor for, covering sources of potential funding in the world of grants. His mission is to assist people like you by locating and sharing private, non-profit and government grants. Got a question or a tip on a neat grant? Connect with him now at Facebook Twitter

Comments (1)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. We are very honored to introduce our organization to you,

    Our organization is a very new organization in the names of,


    Arise and Shine Foundation is new LGBT organization that was initiated early this year to address the challenges,the marginalized sexual minorities of Kamuli district,found in the Eastern part of Uganda are facing.

    It was formed by a group of LGBT in one of the most remote parts of Uganda in the Eastern part after facing a lot problems like being abandoned by their families,chased from school,community due to the ignorance of their local community about who they are.

    It has been really so hard for us to survive in such a region where people hardly have any information about sexual minorities and whenever they hear of us it is like we are a curse to the community,
    Nevertheless,we agreed to come together as one and start up this organization so that we can be a collective voice to address our needs for equal treatment in our very local region and as the only way we can network with the rest of other sexual minority groups in the country and individuals as well as the entire world.

    Our Mission
    To create a community where all people’s sexual and health rights are respected regardless of their gender identity and sexual orientation,and all community individuals having equal opportunities towards the development of our country’s social,economic and political status.

    Our Vision
    A community where all people are treated equally regardless of their gender identity and sexual orientation and having full entitlement towards accessing and developing our country’s economic,social and political status.

    What we stand for/our Values and Beliefs
    -Team work
    -Network building
    -Equality and equity
    -Non discrimination
    -Unity and togetherness
    -Focus and responsibility

    Our Objectives
    -Awareness and sensitization of our local community in Eastern region particularly Kamuli District about sexual diversity and acceptance of the existance of sexual and gender diversities in the region.

    -Acquiring knowledge and relevant information to do with sexual minorities reproductive rights and health and information on where they can go for such health services.

    -To empower our LGBT persons in kamuli district with economic empowerment skills for their own self sustainability since most of them are semi and most of them are totally illiterate.

    -To carry out Documentation about the violation cases of our members and our organization activities we will be undertaking in the one of the very remoteness areas of Uganda where we are based and operate from.

    -To create a plat form for networking and relationship building with the rest of LGBTI organization operating in Uganda and the entire East African Region.

    We are looking forward for our continued Cooperation with you.

    Best Regards
    Wasswa John Grace
    Arise and Shine Foundation

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *