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Moira's Message: Black Empowerment Works - Round 3

Starting May 3 through June 8, 2022, we will take applications for our third round of Black Empowerment Grants.
May 3, 2022

Dear United Way friends,

We will soon take applications for our third round of Black Empowerment Grants!

Black Empowerment Works grants promote Black self-determination, social mobility and economic prosperity.  United Way is once again working with community members to fund Black changemakers doing community-centric work. United Way previously invested $1.6 million in Black-led work in 2020 and 2021, engaging 53 community members to invest in 58 Black-led ideas. We are advancing the original vision of our Champions of Change class of 2019-2020. Read what members had to say here!

This is a perfect complement to our recently announced Call for Systems Change Partners that focused our work on addressing root causes and changing systems so all will prosper. We seek to change the philanthropic ecosystem for Black-led ideas. Traditionally, in Greater Cincinnati and nationally, there has been philanthropic underinvestment in Black-led ideas and organizations. We are not only investing in great work, we are investing in people who live in their communities and know what is best for their communities.

Grants will range from $2,500 to $25,000. Here's how you can help:

  • Apply for the Black Empowerment Works Grant! Application deadline is July 1. You can find the application and more information here.
  • Apply to be a community reviewer. Want to learn about the grantmaking process? Interested to know what’s happening in the greater Cincinnati region? This is a great opportunity! The application deadline is June 8.
  • Attend one of our Live Info Sessions. Here’s the schedule.  We have virtual and in-person options!
  • Share the Black Empowerment Works information within your networks. Word-of-mouth is one of the primary ways applicants learned about the program last year.
  • To stay up to date on everything Black Empowerment Works, sign up to receive our newsletter.

Together, we can catalyze our community to invest more intentionally in the Black community and create more opportunities in under-resourced communities throughout Greater Cincinnati region.

Please join us!


Moira Weir
United Way of Greater Cincinnati

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