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Dr. Frank E. Boston Black Justice Fund

The Dr. Frank E. Boston Black Justice Fund addresses the historical exclusion of Black leaders and Black community-serving organizations from tackling the challenges and opportunities facing Montgomery County residents. In honor of its namesake Dr. Frank E. Boston, a Black medical doctor and social entrepreneur who created a hospital and ambulance corps in Lansdale nearly a century ago, the Fund invests in emerging Black leaders in Montgomery County, supports positive storytelling of Black communities across the County, and builds community infrastructure and power in Black communities to advance justice and liberation for all County residents.

Eligibility & How to Apply

Eligible applicants to the Dr. Frank E. Boston Black Justice Fund must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a viable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or have a fiscal sponsor.
  • Be Black-led and/or Black-serving. Funding decisions will prioritize self-identified Black-led organizations.
  • Serve Montgomery County.
  • Focus on power-building, leadership development, and/or positive storytelling in the Black community in Montgomery County.

Nonprofits interested in funding may submit an application via our online grantmaking system during the open call for proposals which will run from January 7, 2022 through March 18, 2022. In preparation for the open call, organizations and potential applicants are encouraged to download the grant application and application scoring rubric below. We will release more information on information sessions or other Q&A opportunities in the coming weeks.

More information on our grantmaking system is here, or please contact us for support in applying (email info@healthspark.org or call 215-716-5400).

Grant recommendations will be made by our Community Action Team dedicated to advancing justice in Montgomery County. For more information on how the Community Action Team will evaluate and consider proposals view our evaluation rubric below.

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Allowable Use of Funds

This grant opportunity offers unrestricted, general operating support. The Fund anticipates funding up to 10 organizations with grants up to $15,000 per organization during its first funding round in early 2022.

Funds are not available for individual scholarships or to reimburse for tuition or other personal expenses. However, if an organization seeks grant support to train its staff, this is an acceptable request provided the grant funds are not earmarked to a specific person (e.g., a grant to train Ms. James).

Anticipated Timeline

Application release date: January 7, 2022

Outreach to potential applicants: January/February/March (dates TBD)

Application Due Date: March 18, 2022

Anticipated date of grant awarded: mid-May