Somos Comunidad Fund
Centering community voice
Somos Comunidad Fund, led by community volunteers, was established to support Latinx focused and driven initiatives. Informed by Latinx communities in Kent County, the advisory committee strives to create an adaptable approach to balance support for immediate needs while addressing root causes of inequity. Support this cause today by contributing to Somos Comunidad Fund. Your gift will support the fund's endowment, as well as provide resources for immediate grantmaking. This ensures your giving will help now and in the future.
Here's what you need to know
Want to join Somos Comunidad Fund's Advisory Committee?
Somos Comunidad Fund Advisory Committee’s current volunteer recruitment will prioritize recent immigrants, people who are undocumented and people with intersectional identities. The committee is also looking for people who have experience in fundraising efforts.
Please complete and interest form by April 14, 2023 by clicking here.
Somos Comunidad Fund Advisory Committee meets monthly for 90 mins. on the last Tues. of each month. Click here to read a position description for advisory committee members. Click here to read the fund's charter and racial equity guideposts.
Our 2022 grantmaking process and priorities were informed by feedback gathered at community engagement sessions. See the whole report here. Then consider watching the recording of the community debrief after grants were awarded by clicking here (English) or here (Spanish).
Want to know more about the work of Our Somos Comunidad Fund?
Join us for an informational session on March 30th, at 4pm! During this time you will meet committee members, hear more about the role of a committee member, and get a chance to ask questions. You can register here.
Current Committeee Members
Current Committee members include Stacy Stout (Co-Chair), Sergio Cira-Reyes (Co-Chair) , Omar Cuevas, Alexis Reame, Laci Resendiz, Lea Tobar, Juan Rosario, Betsaida Valdivia
2022 Grantmaking Timeline
Somos Comunidad Fund
Community Open House
Grant Applications Open
Somos Comunidad Fund grant round application portal opens in Grant Central on October 31, 2022.
Informational Session About Grant Application
On November 9 we hosted an informational session about the grant application and how community listening informed our current grantmaking process, you can view those sessions below. Viewing the session is not a requirement to apply.
Info Session in English: view here
Info Session in Spanish: view here
Grant Applications Closed
Somos Comunidad Fund grant applications closed on December 30, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.
Advisory Committee Reviews Applications
Somos Comunidad Fund's advisory committee reviews all grant applications and may request additional information from applicants while they make decisions about grant awards.
Grant Awards Announced
All applicants will be notified about funding decisions on or before January 31, 2023.
Community Gathering for Feedback
Community is invited to come and hear a review of the grantmaking and funding decision process, share feedback from their experience in this initial round of grantmaking, and identify future engagement touchpoints and strategies.
I am looking forward to two to three decades from now, when people will look at this as the beginning of a different way of doing philanthropy.
Carlos Sanchez, former Somos Comunidad Advisory Committee chairperson