Black Empowerment Works promotes Black self-determination, social mobility and economic prosperity by providing resources and funding to grassroots/community-based, Black-led work.
Black Empowerment Works, an equity-focused grant program, promotes Black self-determination, social mobility and economic prosperity by providing resources and funding to grassroots/community-based, Black-led work.
Since its inception in 2020, we have invested over $3 million into 100 ideas and their leaders. A thank you goes out to the first class of Champions of Change, who originally conceived and designed this program.
This work exists for two reasons:
Application information for our grant funding and how to become a Community Reviewer is now live on our website. Download critical information about the processes starting today
The application windows for both grantees and reviewers open May 1, 2023.
As the saying goes, “it takes a village”. We are grateful for our village of givers - every individual, corporation, and foundation that has invested in Black futures by supporting the Black Empowerment Works program. While we do not have the space to name everyone, below are a few.
This report details achievements and insights from Black Empowerment Works’ sophmore year: from the community review process to outcomes of a $1.3M investment.
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This case study highlights how a group of community volunteers—coordinated, coached, and cheered on by a team of facilitators—created an equity-focused grant program from the ground up. It's a story about challenging power constructs, trust-based philanthropy and participatory grantmaking.