Increase Impact: Growth, Opportunity and Resilience Projects

2018 Call For Proposals

Application Deadline: February 28 , 2019 (4 pm Est) is deadline for receipt of full proposals

Grant Awardee(s): April 15, 2019


Increasing impact aims at promoting growth, opportunity and resilience for Delaware residents of color who have been negatively impacted and/or traumatized by issues of unequal opportunity and disparate treatment often expressed by such outcomes as economic instability, academic underachievement, mental and physical health instabilities and other perilous conditions that impact overall life sustenance, well-being and success. Increasing impact seeks to support organizations that are committed to improving the quality of life, services and opportunities to communities of color through the use and application of culturally relevant and informed methodologies.  By financially supporting organizations committed to improving the life outcomes of communities of color, it is expected that a greater understanding of the barriers that serve to intensify their life's circumstances and ameliorating methodologies which serve to modify them are acknowledged and practiced. 

Total Awards

  • Up to 4 awards will be made through this initiative totaling up to approximately $100,000.00
  • Award size consideration will be determined by the applicant's administrative and financial capacity as described below
  • Grant duration will be for 1 year

Key Dates

  • February 28, 2019 (4 p.m. EST): Deadline for receipt of full proposals
  • April 15, 2019 Grant Awardee(s) contacted 

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Awards will be made to applicants that are either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or Type III supporting organizations. The Gilliam Foundation may require additional documentation.
  • Preference will be given to application organizations based in Delaware.
  • Applicant organizations must indicate an explicit emphasis on improving the outcomes for communities of color. Additional preference will be given to organizations whose programs focus on the most underserved communities of color.
  • Awards will be made to applicants that emphasize partnerships/collaborations with at least one other public entity or nonprofit organization who is also tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Preference will be given to applicant organizations that explicitly demonstrate a commitment to board diversity by showing racial parity on its current board of directors.
  • ​Applicant organizations must include a description of its strategic plan for measuring programmatic impact and success.
  • Application organizations must have the administrative and financial capacity to manage an award of the size being requested, including proper governance, sufficient staffing, and strong policies, procedures and internal controls. 

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed by The Gilliam Foundation Directors and other expert reviewers as needed.

In addition to the criteria listed below, a project(s) will be selected with the intention of funding a grantee(s) based on several criteria such as focal area (e.g., education, health, crime), characteristics of the community being served, and types of stakeholders involved in the project.

  • Commitment to, and record of, success in improving outcomes for communities of color.
  • Articulation of how and to what degree the program(s) provides culturally relevant and evidence-supported responses promoting improved outcomes for communities of color.
  • The potential of the project to influence policy or practice within the applicant organization's other programs and other community providers or systems e.g.: education, employment, health housing
  • A clear articulation of how The Gilliam Foundation funds will advance the work of the organization.

Evaluation and Monitoring

There will be an evaluation of the program(s) selected for funding. Before accepting The Gilliam Foundation funding, all grantees must agree to participate in the evaluation. 

Grantee(s) is expected to meet The Gilliam Foundation requirements for the submission of narrative and financial reports. These requirements also include periodic meetings and give progress reports on their grants. At the close of the grant(s), the grantee(s) is expected to provide a written report on the project and its findings suitable for dissemination.

Use of Fund Grants 

Grant funds may be used for project staff salaries, consultant fees, data collection and analysis, meetings, supplies, project-related travel, and other direct project expenses, including a limited amount of equipment essential to the project. Funds may not be used for the following:

  1. Endowment
  2. Individual Scholarships
  3. Debt Reduction
  4. Religious organizations for sectarian purposes. (Programs or projects that serve the entire community, regardless of religious affiliation, are eligible for support)
  5. Annual fundraising campaigning or general operating expenses
  6. Projects completed before the date of grant approval by the Foundation's Board of Director's
  7. Sports clubs or leagues
  8. Capital projects
  9. Individuals

How to Apply

All proposals for this solicitation must be submitted online at: using the application form located under the "Funding" link

All applicants should log onto the website and familiarize themselves with all of the funding requirements prior to the final submission deadline.  To be fair to all applicants, NO LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED

Once applicants sign onto the website and access the grant application, they will be asked to submit a narrative that describes the organization and its program(s) along with a program budget and additional information. Proposals must include the following concise information:

  • A description of the organization and its program(s) that promote positive outcomes for communities of color to include a discussion of how the program(s) will use culturally relevant and evidenced-based methodologies that promote improved outcomes for communities of color. 
  • The evidence and/or indicators of success that demonstrate improvement in outcomes for communities of color.
  • A description of the community to be served, including the number of participants served, geographic background, and the racial makeup of program participants.
  • Additional partners/collaborators in program design and/or delivery and any other system partners with which applicant organizations programs are aligned with (e.g., health care, education, law enforcement, employment, social services, mental health, etc.).
  • A description of the estimated total budget request and proposed use of The Gilliam Foundation funds on a 12-month period of time. 

Please direct inquiries to:

The Gilliam Foundation 




Note: The Gilliam Foundation does not provide individual critiques of proposals prior to submission