The Kwanza Economic Empowerment & Inclusion Fund is a vehicle for growing an economic base of revenue that can aid and assist the good work offered by local nonprofits managed by Americans of African Descent. By tapping into the collective spending; and giving of other Black professionals, entrepreneurs, single parents, concerned citizens across ethnicity; and even youth, it is possible to use the collective spending of each segment to fund many great programs, projects and services they employ to make our lives, neighborhoods & communities much better.
The Kwanza Fund will receive donations and other financial supports in a transparent fashion; and guided by practices that assure accountability of all funds received and granted out to organizations. Beyond just receiving and dishing out grant funds, time and efforts is spent developing smaller nonprofits into becoming more efficient providers of services, programs or training in our city.
The Kwanza Fund will support local projects and programs by nonprofits that provide viable employment & training opportunity; to help them purchase commercial property for training; to help make the Internet relevant and beneficial for new users; and to increase people’s digital skills.
Grant Restrictions and Requirements:
Eligible applicants must:
- Be a 501(c)(3) public charities performing work within the City of Topeka & Shawnee County Kansas, and in Good Standing with the Kansas Secretary of State Office.
- Agree to participate in external evaluation to measure impact of the project/program
- Agree to provide quarterly, mid-year and a year-end report (video included)
- Nonprofit agency cannot be established for partisan, fraternal or be religious in nature or formation
By working with for-profit companies to establish win/win opportunities, we can go well beyond just relying on grants and contributions to fund programs & projects we know have value. Thanks to our 1st Sustainability Partner, Rewards Wireless, we have taken up an opportunity that allows the raising of funds, that can in-turn be allotted as grants to nonprofits working on community building and uplifting lives.
Inquiries Regarding the Fund:
(Fund Escrow Account)
Lazone Grays Jr
(Public & Media Relations)