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Announcing our Empowerment Fund! NEW INFO SESSION ADDED

We are pleased to announce Community LIFT's latest grant opportunity, the Empowerment Fund. The Empowerment Fund is designed to provide financial assistance to residents and grassroots organizations involved in community improvement work. Its purpose is to establish a network of resident leaders who are engaged and feel empowered to advocate for neighborhood revitalization that improves quality of life in Memphis’ under-resourced neighborhoods.

The Empowerment Fund will work in tandem with the CDC Capacity Fund. We firmly believe that the efforts of CDCs to impact communities are greatly increased when there is resident participation and civic capacity. 

“Our new Empowerment Fund will heighten potential for real community change by putting more resources into the hands of those who are already serving their communities and have a vested interest in achieving positive outcomes,” said Nefertiti Orrin, Community L.I.F.T. Grants Director.
“We know that there are people currently leading neighborhood/community-based improvement projects or initiatives who are working tirelessly to make a difference but may lack support and/or recognition for their efforts. The Empowerment Fund is for them – to say that we see you, we believe in you and we want to support you,” Orrin stated.
Applications for the Empowerment Fund are open now. Residents, property or business owners, neighborhood associations, and/or grassroots, place based groups in Memphis are eligible to apply for up to $2500 in funding. Applicants must show evidence of resident/community support and attend a pre-application information session. Grant recipients will be notified and awards will be announced on August 31, 2017.

Pre-application Information Sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, August 8th (4:00pm - 5:30pm, Randolph Public Library) and Thursday, August 10th (4:00pm - 5:30pm, FedEx Family House). Please add one or both dates to your calendar now and register for an information session here: Information Session Registration

Important Fund Dates:
Friday, July 28: Empowerment Fund Application Opens
Tuesday, August 8: Pre-application Information Session #1(Randolph Public Library)
Thursday, August 10: Pre-application Information Session #2 (FedEx Family House)

Tuesday, August 15: Pre-application Information Session #3 (FedEx Family House)

Thursday, August 24: Grant Application Closes
Thursday, August 31: Award Notification

Apply online here:  Empowerment Fund Application

To download a paper application or get more information including fund eligibility, grant application, and sample budget form, please see the attachments below. Should you have any questions please contact Nefertiti Orrin, Grants Director. 

Finally, this round of the Empowerment Fund would not be possible without the generous investments from The Hyde Family Foundations and Kresge Foundation.
We look forward to working with you!
Eric Robertson
Community LIFT President