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In times of crisis, community matters more than ever.

We are so proud of how our REALITY community has stepped up in powerful ways to support the urgent needs of the most vulnerable populations and to strengthen, uplift and care for communities most at risk.

It is in this spirit that we are offering COVID-19 and Emergency Response Micro Grants, one-time grants in 2021 of up to $2,500 to support initiatives led by REALITY alumni that provide emergency response and relief to communities impacted by COVID-19 and other natural disasters.

Informed by our commitment to repairing the world (tikkun olam), by our leadership journeys and by our personal and professional experiences, we believe that our community is uniquely positioned to:

  • Identify emergency response and relief initiatives that support the most vulnerable residents of our neighborhoods and our local communities;
  • Act quickly to organize and implement initiatives or collaborate with existing organizations to provide direct emergency response relief, and
  • Work with fellow REALITY Community members and/or experts in the fields providing direct service and relief to the most vulnerable among us.

Please note that all initiatives supported by these micro grants must comply with the guidelines set by relevant local authorities, as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), especially as it relates to social distancing and local shelter-in-place policies currently in effect.

Apply Now for a COVID-19 and Emergency Response Micro Grant

We know this is a stressful, uncertain time for so many people, and our hearts are with all who are impacted. Despite the challenges, we are proud of how our REALITY Community remains committed to drawing on our values as we show up for each other and support those in need. If you need assistance or have questions, please email Melanie Weintraub.
 

FAQs

Who is eligible to apply?
  • Members of the REALITY community are eligible to apply for one COVID-19 and Emergency Response Micro Grant up to $2,500 in 2021 to support emergency response and relief for people and communities impacted by COVID-19 and other natural disasters. 
    • If you received a COVID-19 Micro Grant or Racial Equity Micro Grant in 2020, you are eligible for a COVID-19 and Emergency Response Micro Grant in 2021.
    • If you apply for a COVID-19 and Emergency Response Micro Grant in 2021, you are still eligible to apply for a Social Justice Micro Grant up to $2,500 in 2021. 
What should these micro grants be used for?
  • Immediate, one-time grant up to $2,500 to support emergency response relief initiatives for the most vulnerable populations affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and natural disasters.
  • Initiatives that fund direct goods and services for the most vulnerable populations: the elderly, children, pregnant women, those who are immunocompromised, healthcare workers and low-income communities.
  • Initiatives that provide basic needs to vulnerable populations:
    • Protective gear, sanitary items, food and water assistance, educational resources, medical supplies and resources, response and relief programming.
  • This funding is intended for initiatives that align with Schusterman Family Philanthropies’ vision, core focus areas and values. Read more about these here.
  • Initiatives must target at least 20 individuals or plan to reach at least 20 individual beneficiaries. 
  • Grants will NOT be made to specifically named organizations, individuals or families.
  • All initiatives supported by these micro grants must comply with the guidelines set by relevant local authorities, as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), especially as it relates to social distancing and local shelter-in-place policies currently in effect.
  • Micro grant applications will be processed within seven business days of submission.
What should these micro grants not be used for?

This is not an exhaustive list, but here are some examples of what REALITY Micro Grants will not cover:

  • REALITY Micro Grants will not provide charitable donations to organizations, individuals or families.
  • No aspect of the initiative may involve an attempt to influence legislation, the outcome of any specific public election or support of any voter registration drive.
  • Applications that include the following will not be funded:
    • Paying bills (rent, utilities, etc.)
    • Salaries to employees/investments in start-ups
    • Direct payments/donations/stipends to organizations or individual people
    • Direct donations to fundraisers
    • Websites/apps/surveys
    • Clinical trials
  • Applications that fund an alum’s organization's operations/infrastructure/fundraiser, or the services of a REALITY alum, will not be funded.
    • If the applicant works for the organization that they are applying on behalf of, the application is only permitted if the initiative uses funds to directly purchase basic needs for the populations listed above.
    • The micro grant cannot fund direct payments to REALITY alumni for their services.
When will I receive notification on the grant?

You will receive notification on the grant within 7 business days of receipt.

How does the payment process work?
  • Final reporting must be submitted within seven days of the project’s completion. You will find a link to your final report in the “My Tasks” section when logged in to schusterman.org.
  • In keeping with REALITY Micro Grant protocols, payment will be made via PayPal upon completion of the program.
  • Receipts and any signed documentation will be required in order to receive payment. Receipts must be submitted in JPEG, PNG or PDF format.
  • Payments will be made as reimbursements and will be based on approved funding amount and actual expenses incurred.
  • Reimbursement will be made within 5 business days of final report approval.