Neighborhood Revitalization & Resilience (NRR) Grants

Request for Proposals
Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands

Funded by Cruzan Rum's Island Spirit Fund via GlobalGiving

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR PHASE 1: Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

Overview 
 
As the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) continues to support ongoing long-term hurricane recovery and building forward, we are pleased to offer Neighborhood Revitalization & Resilience (NRR) Grants, with funding provided by Cruzan Rum’s Island Spirit Fund* via GlobalGiving. The NRR Grant Program is intended to support community-based and grassroots organizations in under-resourced neighborhoods to engage residents in participatory planning processes to develop projects that address pressing issues related to ongoing long-term hurricane recovery and resilience within their neighborhoods.

*Following the 2017 hurricane season, St. Croix-based Cruzan® Rum established a direct aid fund to ensure that in the future no one would have to “weather a storm alone.” Cruzan® set up the Island Spirit Fund to address the ongoing needs of communities affected by the storms. Through donations of $1 for every case of rum sold, the Island Spirit Fund is supporting several organizations in the U.S. Virgin Islands, including CFVI. As of December 2020, Cruzan has raised more than $3.5 million for the Island Spirit Fund.
Timeline 

The deadline for applications for Phase 1 is Tuesday, June 15th, 2021. Phase 1 projects will be expected to be completed by August 31st, 2021. The timeline for Phase 2 will be determined once grantmaking for Phase 1 projects is finalized. 
Eligibility

  • Eligible entities include: Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status; local nonprofit organizations with registered and good standing status through the Lt. Governor’s Office; service organizations; fraternities/sororities; and churches and houses of worship.

  • Fiscal Sponsorship is permitted. 

  • Applicants must demonstrate understanding and willingness to follow local and national COVID-19 safety and sanitation protocols, as applicable.

  • Applications from organizations with reports past-due to CFVI will not be considered.
Application Process

The NRR Grant Program is designed in two separate phases. 

Phase 1: Planning Grants (Letter of Intent) 
  • Applicants will outline a plan for a community engagement strategy that will determine pressing recovery and resilience needs in underserved neighborhoods. 
  • Applicants will identify key project personnel and community stakeholders.
  • Applicants will identify planning phase goals and expected outcomes.
  • Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded for Phase 1 planning projects. We anticipate making up to 15 grant awards. 

Phase 2: Implementation Grants (Project Application)
  • Applicants will share the results of their engagement/research findings/results.
  • Applicants will propose implementation projects based on the findings in Phase 1.
  • Applicants will identify key stakeholders and describe the ways in which the proposed project is rooted in active community participation. 
  • Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded for Phase 2 implementation projects. We anticipate making up to 15 grant awards. 

Applications must be submitted using the application in CFVI’s online grant portal. All returning applicants should log in using their previously created account. All new applicants must create a new account. A preview of the application form can be accessed here: https://www.grantinterface.com/Form/Preview?form=653733&urlkey=cfvi.
Intended Outcomes

  • Communities with lingering hurricane impacts develop grassroots approaches to address pressing needs.
  • Community members actively engage in community change efforts.
  • Community-based leadership is strengthened. 
  • Community members view themselves as stakeholders who can effectively partner with institutions to address critical issues.
  • Community members have pride in their neighborhoods and motivation/tools to continue their work.
FAQ and Contact


Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Anna Wheatley Scarbriel at annas@cfvi.net.
About the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands
Since 1990, the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) has been a catalyst for positive change in the Territory through initiatives committed to youth, learning, family support and the environment. With a professional staff and a volunteer Board of Directors composed of community leaders, CFVI is a trusted advocate and supporter of programs that ensure opportunity and sustainability for current and future generations. CFVI is a registered non-profit organization entirely supported by individual donors, grants, trusts, corporate donations and estate planning. For more information, visit cfvi.net.
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