New grant opportunity for philanthropy support organizations to create listening resources

Fund for Shared Insight invites philanthropy support organizations to submit letters of intent to participate in a new field-strengthening grant program. The program will support developing and disseminating toolkits and guides for funders building their feedback and listening practices with the people and communities they seek to help, especially those whose voices are least heard.

With a grant budget of $1-million, Shared Insight plans to make as many as seven grants for projects up to two years long. Letters of intent may be submitted through Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at 11:59 pm ET. Full project proposals will be due by mid-June, and grant decisions will be made by August 15.

This grant opportunity is part of Shared Insight’s continuing efforts to support foundations’ feedback and listening work during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, and is intended to offer specific guidance to the more than 700 funders that have signed the Council on Foundations’ COVID-19 Pledge. Among other important practices, the pledge calls for foundations to lift up the voices of those least heard in the public discourse and decision-making around crisis response.

Shared Insight sees a need and demand for broadly applicable listening and feedback toolkits and guides to help funders live out their commitment and their stated goals and values around connecting with, listening to, being informed by, and acting on what they hear from those they seek to help. For the purposes of this LOI, these resources could be newly developed and/or an updating of toolkits, guides, programming, or other resources, and should include a plan for dissemination.

This grant opportunity is limited to philanthropy support organizations and Shared Insight seeks participation particularly from those organizations with proven track records of advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion practices.

For more information, please see our Open Request for Letters of Intent.