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Transforming Systemic Inequality

The Leever Foundation is pleased to announce a request for proposals (RFP) designed to assist Waterbury, CT by supporting local and/or regional collaborative strategies working to achieve greater equity of opportunity and outcomes in communities that have been under-resourced and disproportionately harmed by systemic inequities. All proposals will be asked to describe to what extent activities are community led and/or informed and if the organization or initiative is led by Black, Indigenous or other people of color.

Several key details about the RFP are listed below. However, we ask that you please read the full document as there is additional important information included. The link will open up as a PDF for you to view.


What We Aim to Support

This opportunity will specifically support work towards:

  • Systems Change through collaborative visioning, community organizing, advocacy and/or social justice

  • Structural Change through influencing power shifts, narrative shifting and/or social innovation


How Much Funding Will be Provided

The Foundation welcomes proposal requests of up to $40,000 for activities to be implemented over one year. Depending on the application, annual continuation could be considered for up to three years. 



To be eligible to apply, an organization must:

  • Be incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization or be working under the auspices of an authorized fiscal sponsor.

  • Have a minimum annual budget of $100,000 or submit an application to work in partnership with an organization that does. Grant awards will not exceed 15% of the applying organization’s annual budget.

  • Waterbury footprint, meaning an office or a regular presence in Waterbury OR one of the key collaborating organizations has a Waterbury footprint, and the work must impact the region that includes Waterbury.

Please note that this grant opportunity DOES NOT fund the following:

  • Individuals

  • Capital campaigns

  • 501(c)4 institutions

  • Schools (public, private, or charter)

  • Organizations with operating budgets under $100,000


Process and Timeline

  1. August 2022: Transforming Systemic Inequality Guidelines Released

  2. October 21st : Submission Deadline (proposals due by 5:00 pm ET)

  3. October 21st- November 4th: Proposal Clarification Process Late

  4. November: Award Decisions Announced


Please use this link to submit a proposal:

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