The Opportunity Starts at Home multisector affordable homes campaign is announcing a new grant opportunity for state-level organizations interested in expanding multi-sector partnerships and influencing federal housing policy. It is critical that federal elected officials in Congress hear from national advocates, but also from their own constituents; this effort will support such involvement. Proposals from interested organizations are due on November 22, 2020.
In the past, the national campaign provided financial assistance to organizations in seven states: Housing California, Idaho Asset Building Network, Maine Together, Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey, Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, Oregon Housing Alliance, and Utah Housing Coalition. Now the campaign is ready to launch a new cohort of grantees. Those selected for a grant would receive financial assistance for a period of one year, be formally recognized as state affiliates of the national campaign, be featured on the national website, participate in cohort learning experiences with other state grantees, and gain access to networks and technical assistance from the national campaign.
To be eligible to submit a proposal, state-based organizations must: 1) support the federal housing solutions contained within the campaign’s national policy agenda; 2) committed to elevating and amplifying racial equity in their housing justice work (education, health, civil rights, criminal justice, environment, faith, and others); and 3) be prepared to leverage these multi-sector partners to engage federal elected officials who represent their state. Please note that eligible organizations must have a predominantly state-level focus; those with a predominantly local/regional focus are not eligible to apply.
Please click here to read more about the goals of the grant, eligibility requirements, and specific next steps. If your state-based organization is interested in applying for this grant, please email the national campaign director, Mike Koprowski, at [email protected] or campaign coordinator, Chantelle Wilkinson, at [email protected]. They will schedule a brief exploratory conversation with you. After the exploratory conversation, the application form will be made available.
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