"Let's Do More" Microgrant

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Who’s eligible to receive this award?

 

Nonprofit organizations established and operating in the State of Maryland, who have tax exemption under section 501(c)(3) or (c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, may apply for this microgrant in 2021. Organizations must also prove they service predominantly Black homeless youth. Also eligible are Maryland-based nonprofits with proven track records of servicing Black foster youth who – within 12 months – are aging out or have aged out of the foster care.

 

Does an organization have to service both homeless and foster youth to be eligible for funds?

 

No. An organization may serve homeless youth or foster youth. Organizations that service both are also eligible.

 

Homeless youth don’t “age out” of a shelter. Is there an age stipulation on the homeless population this microgrant is intended to serve?

 

Yes. Organizations that have a proven track record of providing services to predominantly Black youth – from infants up to age 25 – who are experiencing homelessness may apply.

 

Foster youth age out of the foster care system typically at age 21. Is there an age stipulation on the foster youth this microgrant is intended to serve?

 

Yes. Organizations that have a proven track record of providing services to predominantly Black youth – from ages 20 to 22 – who are within 12 months or less of aging out of foster care, or who have within 12 months already aged out of foster care may apply.

 

There are thousands of youth who are homeless and who are in foster care group homes, orphanages and kinship care arrangements who are not Black. Why is We Cancerve focusing on donating money to just Black youth?

 

In addition to creating projects and initiatives that have reached more than 20,000 homeless, sick and foster children for nearly a decade, We Cancerve has provided microgrants to nonprofits for specific causes that serve vulnerable youth.  The “Let’s Do More” Microgrant is an extension of this commitment; to provide a small financial investment to a nonprofit for an impact-oriented project.

What does ‘proven track record’ mean? Exactly what are you looking for nonprofits to provide?

We’re looking to help organizations that have demonstrated quality services, programs and resources that benefit predominantly homeless and/or foster Black youth are both sustainable and measurable. In the event your organization is seeking to introduce a new service, program or resource to this population of youth, we’d like to see evidence that you can sustain and measure the impact of that new initiative should you receive funding assistance.

Is it possible to meet with someone with We Cancerve in order to introduce my organization and to make a stronger case for the "Let's Do More" microgrant?

Unfortunately, no. Due to the number of applications we expect to receive and the small size of  our all-volunteer staff, it is not possible to accommodate these requests. As a result, in fairness to all applicants, we suggest that organizations make their best case for support in the application. 

If our initial request is not accepted, may we receive feedback on our request?

Unfortunately, no.  Due to the number of applications we expect to receive and the small size of  our all-volunteer staff, we are unable to provide feedback on individual requests that were not selected for support.  We do invite organizations to apply again when the new funding cycle is announced in 2022.

 

 by the Foundation in Item 15 of this FAQ page. 

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