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African American Community Fund (Community Foundation of Lorain County)

The mission of the Fund is to aggressively promote and encourage self-sufficiency and self-esteem in the African American community; to improve the physical, economic, and education conditions that effect the quality of life for all citizens; to encourage dialogue to strengthen race relations and to support social, health, and educational growth in the community by financially assisting and encouraging the development of activities that will strengthen the total community.

The Fund will direct its efforts to the following priority areas:

* Development within the African American community with emphasis on neighborhood revitalization;

* Building the capacity of non-profit organizations that serve or benefit African Americans;

* Elementary or Secondary Education;

* Public safety, education and prevention of crime and violence within the African American community.

The Fund receives many more worthy requests than it can support and must make judgments on relative need and potential impact. In making these decisions, the Fund will weigh the extent to which proposals address the following preferences:

* Does the program involve collaborative problem solving among several service providers?

* Does the program strengthen the capacity of organizations through local leadership or by helping non-profit organizations manage more effectively?

* Does the program demonstrate potential for systemic change, reform, or long-range impact?

* Does the program reflect a community-wide effort or focus?

Eligibility: The Fund supports tax-exempt, organizations and public agencies within Lorain County, Ohio, or in some cases, organizations outside the county whose projects directly impact African American Lorain County residents.

Award: Awards vary.

Deadline: November 15, annually

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