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Black Student Success (BSS) Community Network Grant

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits Working Collaboratively
to Address Educational Inequity

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) and Black Student Success Funders Task Force

Deadline Date:

03/06/20 5:00 PM


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Grants of $20,000 to Oregon nonprofit organizations working collaboratively to address the unequal distribution of educational resources. Funding is intended to support nonprofit coalitions that are committed to finding and addressing the causes of educational inequity, and providing direction on best practices for advancing Black student success.

The educational challenges that face marginalized Black children and their families in Oregon are too great for one organization or group to tackle alone. Success requires strategic ongoing collaboration. The Oregon BSS Network will facilitate meaningful partnerships and coalitions to tackle root causes of educational inequity. The Black Student Success Network of Oregon will bring together community organizations rooted in the African American/Black community to strategize and provide direction on best practices for advancing Black student success.

All organizations applying should be providing at least one program related to the focus areas below for Black Students and must have a focus that falls within the scale of Birth through Pre-K, K-12 and post-secondary:

  • Early learning programs
  • Early learning pathways
  • Diversification of the educator workforce through recruitment, hiring, and retention efforts
  • Transitions between early childhood-K-3 education; elementary to middle school; middle school to high school; high school to post-secondary education
  • Newcomer programs and supports for African students
  • Culturally responsive curriculum
  • Literacy and numeracy outcomes for students in the K-12 system
  • Disproportionate discipline
  • Attendance and absenteeism
  • 9th-grade on-track
  • Graduation rates
  • Post-secondary enrollment
  • Credit acquisition (post-secondary)
  • Completion of associates degree and/or bachelor’s degree (40-40-20 goal) 

As a recipient of a grant, your organization will be members of the Oregon Black Student Success Network, which provides a range of advice and perspectives to the BSS Task Force. Members will:

  • Support taskforce member learning around specific issues impeding Black students in Oregon and effective support strategies
  • Support the development of meaningful funding strategies that lead to collective impact
  • Provide input regarding policy agendas that will best support Black students
  • Provide input for communications and narrative change 

Network members will fulfill this through the following key activities:

  • Attend annual convening (with necessary travel costs covered by OCF)
  • Share stories of success with the taskforce twice annually
  • Respond to a limited number of surveys or requests for feedback that supports the taskforce learning 

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GrantWatch ID#: 188085

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Recipients will receive $20,000 grants to participate in the Oregon Black Student Success Network.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations/coalitions eligible for this grant opportunity must meet the following criteria:
- Must have 501(c)(3) status as a public charity (not a private foundation), be a public entity, or have a qualified fiscal sponsor
- The staff and leadership reflect the Black community (or communities) that is served
- A significant number of clients/children/families served are from Black communities
- The organizational environment is culturally focused and identified as such by participants
- The organization/leadership has a track record of successful community engagement and involvement with Black communities being served
- The community (or communities) being served to recognize the organization and as advancing the best interest of the community (or communities: African/African Immigrant/pan African)
- The organization can demonstrate an understanding of the unique needs of Black students

Pre-Application Information:

Applications open on January 30th, 2020, and close on March 6th, 2020 at 5 pm. Grantees will be notified of application status in mid-May and may receive a request for more information prior to that.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply:

Questions about eligibility or qualification for this grant program can be directed to Marcy Bradley, Program Officer at

Questions about technical help with the application process can be directed to Joel Harmon, Administrative Assistant at

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USA: Oregon

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