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to Advance Racial Equity and Economic Mobility

The Joyce Foundation Grant

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Grants to Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Minnesota organizations for activities that further economic mobility and racial equity. First-time applicants must receive approval, and all applicants must submit a letter of intent, prior to applying. Funding is intended to support policy research, development, and advocacy in the areas of democracy, culture, education and economic mobility, environment, gun violence prevention and justice reform, and journalism.

The Joyce Foundation invests in public policies and strategies to advance racial equity and economic mobility for the next generation in the Great Lakes region. The Foundation's support for racial equity and economic mobility is not only a statement of their belief in a just and inclusive society, but also a recognition they are essential conditions for building broad-based prosperity.

The Foundation supports policy research, development, and advocacy in six program areas: 

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GrantWatch ID#: 180278

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Federal tax law prohibits private foundations from funding lobbying activities. The Foundation may support organizations engaged in public policy advocacy by, for example, providing general operating support or funding educational advocacy such as nonpartisan research, technical assistance, or examinations of broad social issues. For further information, see Advocacy Rules at

The Foundation typically does not fund:
- Capital proposals
- Endowment campaigns
- Direct service programs
- Commercial ventures
- Religious activities
- Scholarships.

Pre-Application Information:

- August 5, 2021; Decisions made Dec. 2021
- December 1, 2021; Decisions made April 2022
- April 6, 2022; Decisions made July 2022

Grant proposals are considered at meetings of the Foundation’s Board of Directors in April, July, and December. Applicants are strongly encouraged to plan their application and proposal submission process for the April or July meetings, since most grant funds will be distributed at those times.

Letters of inquiry must precede any formal grant proposal to the Joyce Foundation; formal proposals are accepted by invitation of the foundation after review of the LOI. Letters of inquiry should be submitted at least six to eight weeks prior to the proposal deadline for a given grant cycle. Program officers will respond in a timely manner and advance all grant proposals expeditiously.

The Joyce Foundation accepts grant inquiries online throughout the year. Applicants should anticipate the application process to take approximately four to six months from the initial submission of the letter of inquiry to the receipt of funding.

The Foundation uses an online grants management system called Fluxx:
- First-time applicants must create an account and submit it for approval. If approved, you will receive an email notification from the Foundation within five business days with log-in credentials.
- If you have an existing account and password, begin a letter of inquiry (LOI).

Application process:
- Letters of Inquiry: The applicant submits an online letter of inquiry six to eight weeks before the proposal deadline. If additional information is needed, applicant will receive an email with instructions on how to provide LOI feedback.
- Initial Review: If the project does fit within the guidelines, the program officer may invite the applicant to submit an online full proposal. If the project does not fit within the guidelines, the program officer sends the applicant a decline email.
- Review and Recommendation: Once the program officer receives the full proposal, an internal review process begins. If the proposal is not recommended for funding, the program officer sends a decline email. If the proposal is recommended for funding, the program officer prepares a recommendation for consideration by the Joyce Foundation's Board of Directors.
- Board Action: The Joyce Foundation Board of Directors meets and votes on recommended grants. If the proposal is not approved for funding, an email is sent declining the proposed grant. If the proposal is approved for funding, the program officer will email a grant contract to grantee.

Grant payments are normally made at the end of the month following the board meeting at which the funding decision was made.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions about the application process or for technical support, email or call 312-782-2464.

The Joyce Foundation
321 North Clark Street, Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60654

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USA: Illinois;   Indiana;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Ohio;   Wisconsin

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