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Progress Report




Total Amount Disbursed
to Date


CD9 Residents Served


of grantees had an operating budget under $500,000

Capacity Strengthening

A recent report published by The BridgeSpan Group found that Black-led nonprofits are significantly less likely to receive funding than their White-led counterparts and that the funding they do receive comes with more restrictions*. With historical disparities for nonprofits and community groups led by Black, Indigenous, People of Color in mind, a foundational element of the CD9 Community Grant Program was the comprehensive technical assistance and capacity strengthening services provided free-of-charge to grantees. 


Hours of Capacity Building and Technical Assistance Provided to Grantees

The majority of organizations funded by the program are truly grassroots in nature with an annual operating budget under $500,000 and operate with minimal or volunteer staff capacity. For many grantees, this was the first formal “grant” their organization had received. In their capacity as the Grant Administrator, CRCD provided individualized technical assistance to grantees to ensure compliance with City contracting and fiscal reporting standards. Technical assistance included individual guidance with program budgets, required insurance and business licenses, fiscal reporting and accounting practices and tracking impact.


In an effort to prepare grantees for future funding opportunities and continued growth, CRCD organized and hosted a series of capacity strengthening workshops covering essential topics such as fund development, program design & evaluation, fiscal monitoring and board development. In addition, CRCD developed partnerships to provide grantees access to the USC Nonprofit Resilient Leaders & Capacity Building Program and individualized coaching sessions with nonprofit experts through the Center for Nonprofit Management. In total, grantees have received more than 900 hours of technical assistance and capacity strengthening services, all free-of-charge.

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