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Deadline: August 7, 2015

Bank of America Charitable Foundation: Basic Human Services

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation supports the needs vital to the health of communities through a focus on preserving neighborhoods, educating the workforce for 21st century jobs, and addressing basic human services. Through the 2015 Housing: Community Development RFP, Bank of America is continuing to support nonprofits as they examine how to connect their clients to more social benefits, through integrated services. Specifically, integrated service delivery is the promotion and expansion of bundled services that include three key components: workforce development, financial education and coaching, and benefits access. Funding priorities include: 1) Hunger relief/food access; 2) Supportive housing/shelter; and 3) Benefits access/referrals.

Hunger Relief/Food Access grants strive to provide access to vital food supplies and services to feed individuals, children, and families, with a particular focus on nonprofits that address the immediate challenges of food access and also connect the families they serve to supportive services and economic livelihood programs that help towards financial stability. Examples include:

  • Local food banks, soup kitchens, school- and after-school-based feeding and nutrition programs that may also assist with SNAP (food stamps), child backpack programs, and nutritious meals
  • Intermediaries and CDFIs that provide capital and technical assistance to make green/fresh and nutritious food available in food deserts, create jobs, and spur the local economy

Supportive Housing/Shelter grants strive to address immediate shelter needs and long-term supportive housing for vulnerable individuals and families with a focus on housing-first or place-based approaches that make supportive wraparound services available to those seeking financial security and independence. Examples include:

  • Homeless shelters and transitional supportive housing that provide individuals and families a safe haven and access to comprehensive support services that help them back on their feet, such as benefits enrollment, healthcare, workforce training and job placement

Benefits Access/referrals grants work to transition financially-distressed, low-to-moderate income individuals and families towards financial stability through bundled services in three core areas: employment and education, access to benefits and support resources, and financial coaching and better money habits education. Examples include:

  • Place-based benefits access points and one-stop hubs where multiple critical services are offered and customized to individuals and families who want to build stronger financial lives through improved job skills, credit scores, financial habits, net income, and net worth.

Amount: Average award amounts range from $5,000 to $25,000.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations located in areas of Bank of America company operations.

Link: http://about.bankofamerica.com/en-us/global-impact/charitable-foundation-funding.html


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