"No strategic plan survives contact with a global pandemic."
That’s true for our foundation—and probably your nonprofit as well.
We are now accepting grant applications for the first grant cycle of 2021.
This round of grants will be for programs or projects that meet both of these criteria:
- Align with one of our funding priorities: "Education for Economic Success" or "Housing and Homelessness"
- Address challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, AND/OR issues relating to racial justice or racial disparities
If you have a program you'd like us to consider, please give us a call. We'll offer feedback on whether it seems like a good fit for us.
Because we are holding some funds in reserve for emerging needs (given the recent spread of the pandemic), our budget for this cycle is smaller than usual. That probably means we'll receive many more grant requests than we can fund. We're sharing this information not to discourage you from applying, but to be realistic about expectations so you can make an informed decision about whether to invest the time in an application.
None of us can predict when the pandemic will end (or at least decline) and things will return to some semblance of normal. And the pandemic is only one of the forces driving change in our nation today. The renewed focus on racial justice and structural inequities in our society, combined with the pandemic and its effects, are calling us to build a new "normal."
In September, our board embarked upon a strategic planning process that will determine the Liberty Bank Foundation's future direction. We're looking at how COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter and other forces are revealing new needs and ways of addressing them, and trying to discover our best opportunities to drive positive change. Your input will be important to that process--and we want to thank all of you who responded to our recent survey.
Through these trying times, we've watched how all of our nonprofit partners have been there for our friends and neighbors, executing on your missions and adapting to every new situation that presents itself. We’re ever so grateful…but not so surprised. That’s just how you roll.
Count on us to keep on rolling with you. Thanks—and stay well!