BLACK EMPOWERMENT WORKS

Grants for community transformation, powered by Champions of Change

WHAT IS BLACK EMPOWERMENT WORKS?

Black Empowerment Works promotes Black economic and social prosperity through self-determination by resourcing and funding grassroots-generated, Black-led ideas, programs and projects. Essentially, it is an equity-focused grant and support program addressing poverty in Greater Cincinnati. 

WHY DOES BLACK EMPOWERMENT WORKS EXIST? 

Simply put, too many Black families and individuals in our region are experiencing poverty, and too few Black-led ideas, programs and projects (and by extension, Black leaders) receive funding and resources to address it. We are committed to changing that.

We believe that by investing in more Black-led ideas, programs and projects we can: 

  1. Bring a greater diversity of solutions and thought leadership into United Way’s work; 

  2. Gain a better understanding of the unique strengths, opportunities and challenges within communities; and 

  3. Collaborate on strategies that work to reduce racial disparities in outcomes

How can I be a part of Black Empowerment Works?

Are you passionate about Black-led ideas? Are you a Black-idea leader? Do you want to promote greater equity in philanthropy? Black Empowerment Works has three opportunities for you:

  1. Apply to be a grantee, grants will range from $2,500 to $25,000. Deadline: April 13
  2. Serve as a reviewer, helping to select the first round of grantees. Deadline: March 23
  3. Step up to be a mentor-supporter, providing guidance, resources and connections to grantees. Deadline: April 13

For more information and before applying, please review this information package.

Important Dates

For Grantees:

  • April 13: Application closes.
  • April 28 – May 4: Reviewer interviews with potential grantees.
  • May 13: Grantees selected and notified.
  • Early June: Community celebration and introduction to Black Empowerment Works Class 1. 

For Reviewers

  • March 23: Application closes.
  • March 31: Reviewers are selected and notified.
  • April 6-9: Reviewer Training
  • April 15-27: Application review
  • April 28 – May 4: Reviewer interviews with potential grantees.
  • May 13: Grantee selection
  • Early June: Community celebration and introduction to Black Empowerment Works Class 1.

For Mentors

  • April 13: Application closes.
  • Early June: Community celebration and introduction to Black Empowerment Works Class 1

Have questions?

  • Contact us at black-led@uwgc.org or (513) 762-7157.
  • We will be hosting public events and open office hours to engage and inform the community throughout the process. We hope to see you!

RESOURCES

Black Empowerment Works

About Champions of Change

Black Empowerment Works is the product of the hard work and dedication of this first cohort of Champions of Change. A one-year leadership and design program by the same name, Champions of Change seeks to bring together community leaders with diverse backgrounds, skills and perspectives who are driven to advance Black-led ideas. In this pilot year, our Champions are: Retina Carter, Marquavius “Marq” Casey, Kendra Davis, Edita Dolan-Mayo, Alexis Trotter, Jalisa Harris, Reginald Harris, Terri Hurdle, Ronald Jackson II, Julius Jenkins, Chris Macklin, Rashida Manuel, and Jeremy Smith.

Champions of Change is a program of United Way of Greater Cincinnati, with support from Design Impact.