GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS DEPARTMENT
YEAR 1 BUDGET
$25 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and social and religious institutions that support the growth and development of Black people and Black communities.
$25 million in academic and service-based scholarships for Black high school and college students.
The strategic focus of the Grants & Scholarships Department is to provide direct financial assistance to nonprofit and religious organizations that operate programs and services that positively impact the Black community, and to provide direct financial assistance to Black students in high school and college by way of academic, merit, and need-based scholarships for tuition and educational programs, including SAT, LSAT, MCAT and other test prep courses.
The Grants and Scholarships Department seeks to help Black institutions become less dependent on funding from outside sources and to scale programs and service with proven success.
"It is easier to build strong children than it is to repair broken men."
- Frederick Douglass
The image to the left is the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. It is where four Black girls lost their life after the church was bombed by White racists on September 15, 1963. The Grants & Scholarships department will provide grants to institutions such as this to expand their educational programs, as well as for capital improvements to preserve the integrity of Black community, religious, and cultural institutions.
Through the BAF's Grants & Scholarships Department the BAF will begin to provide Black religious and cultural institutions that are integral to and improve Black life with the capital and resources to sustain, enhance, and grow their operations. These institutions include:
Black churches and religious institutions.
Nonprofit organizations that serve Black communities.
Black cultural institutions such as museums, libraries, theaters, and community centers.
Black educational institutions and organizations such as Historically Black Colleges & Universities, as well as Homeschool associations and after school tutoring and mentoring programs.
"The question is not whether we can afford to invest in every child; it is whether we can afford not to."
- Marian Wright Edelman
Founder of the Children's Defense Fund
Black students need all the support they can get to achieve their academic dreams. The BAF is here to help. Over the first five years the BAF has allocated over $250 million in scholarships for Black students. These scholarships will provide funding for:
College prep and SAT, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT test prep courses.
Summer educational or recreational programs.
College tuition, books and fees.
Living Stipends for college students.
Study Abroad programs.
Unpaid internship support.
Academic travel to conferences or workshops.
The Black Achievement Fund's Grants & Scholarships department will keep track of all of its scholarship recipients, providing them with long-term academic and career assistance, including job placement.