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Grant Framework & Application

The grant application is built around the ABLe Change Framework which is a systems change approach designed to help people in communities more effectively address significant social issues affecting children, youth, and families. 


Before completing the application, we highly recommend applicants watch this five-minute video about root cause analysis: VIDEO 

After selecting one of the three root causes of systemic racism, grant applicants will then select the primary approach they will use to address the issue:


  • Changing Mindsets – Includes attitudes, values, and beliefs that shape people’s behavior.  Local example:  Jackson County Michigan Department of Health & Human Services requiring staff to undergo implicit bias training.


  • Changing Regulations – Includes policies, laws, practices, procedures, and daily routines that guide people’s choices and behaviors.  Local example:  Jackson District Library changed its policies about not allowing youth to apply for and receive a library card without parental consent. 


  • Strengthening Connections – Includes exchanges of information and resources between people and organizations.  Local example:  Jackson County Chamber of Commerce is supporting Black/African American owned business by helping them build connections with other businesses and community members.


  • Sharing Power – Includes how decisions are made and who participates in making these decisions, whose voice matters, and the structure to support inclusion.  Local example:  LifeWays Community Mental Health and Henry Ford Allegiance Health recently introduced the Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color Voices Campaign, which is committed to listening to and amplifying the voices of underrepresented groups so they get the mental health help they need.


ROOT CAUSES – Select One


  • Services and policies are not equitable and do not benefit the most vulnerable populations.


  • Community members do not trust service providers.


  • Service systems are not easy to navigate.



  • Changing Mindsets


  • Changing Regulations


  • Strengthening Connections


  • Sharing Power



(The ABLe Change Framework includes two other approaches that are not included in this grant round:  Strengthening Components and Enhancing Resources.)




The Jackson Collaborative Network staff provide core services and supports designed to build and strengthen community capacity for systems change.  JCN staff are available to assist applicants with clarifying their vision for this grant application and developing an action plan.  To request a consultation, CLICK HERE


We are accepting grant proposals from any nonprofit organization, community/grassroots organization, coalition, governmental entity, church, school … really any organization seeking funds to dismantle systemic racism in Jackson County, Michigan.


Prior collective impact grants funded by the Jackson Community Foundation may reapply for their previously funded systems change effort.  Renewal grant funding is not guaranteed.




  • DEADLINE:  We are not currently accepting applications


  • AWARD NOTIFICATION:  By the end of November 2021


  • CHECK DISTRIBUTION:  By the end of December 2021


REQUEST AMOUNT:  The total amount available to award in this grant round is $100,000.00.  We are not limiting the amount an applicant can request, however, we intend to invest in multiple strategies.  In this same grant round last year, grant amounts ranged from $3,550.00 to $15,000.00.



To help the JCF Grant Committee prioritize their funding decisions, we will seek community input through an online survey.  Using the 100-word summaries from the grant proposals, survey respondents will be asked to select the top five ideas they believe will have the most impact on Tackling Systemic Racism in Jackson County.  Survey results will be added to the full proposal review and ranking process completed by JCF Grant Committee.



In conducting the Racial Equity Grant Round, the Jackson Community Foundation is trying to address root causes for the racial inequities that exist in our community.  We humbly ask for your grace and understanding as we do our best to dismantle racist barriers with the resources and knowledge available to us at this time.  We will continue our efforts to learn and grow as an organization so that we can best serve our community for generations to come.



Don't forget the FAQ's video on the previous page! CLICK HERE

Directions for saving your grant application, CLICK HERE


Contact Dana Ashlock at

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