2018 NS4G Funding Priority
Engaging Community to Combat Chemical Dependency
Applicants’ work must demonstrably benefit, but need not be limited to, the Boston neighborhoods of Mission Hill, Fenway, Roxbury, and/or the South End.
Northeastern Students4Giving will award a one-time grant of $10,000 to an organization employing community-based strategies to mitigate the risks and impacts of chemical dependency in low-income and underserved neighborhoods. Applicants must recognize the inherent strengths and resilience of the communities they serve and work with them directly to build their capacity to prevent, treat, and address the challenges of chemical dependency. Eligible programs include those working at the community level on awareness and education, prevention, treatment, recovery, reintegration, and ongoing support in relation to any addictive substance(s). Eligible programs may also address chemical dependency within a particular population or in tandem with another challenge, such as incarceration or homelessness. These examples are illustrative, not exhaustive.
Applicants must adhere to the following eligibility requirements:
• Past recipients of NS4G grants are not eligible to apply.
• NS4G will only fund registered 501(c)(3) organizations.
• As part of their selection process, students will conduct a limited number of site visits to organizations advancing to the final round of consideration. Applicants must be willing to host a site visit and be accessible via public transportation.
• At the conclusion of the grant period, the recipient will be asked to submit a report on their activities during the period of the grant.
• Applicants must adhere to comprehensive non-discriminatory practices in hiring and providing services and must demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion within their organization.
• Faith-based organizations may apply, provided that the purpose of the grant is not to advance or promote a particular faith or worldview.
What We Will Fund
This grant is intended to fund overhead, operating, or program expenses. Applicants will be asked to explain how the grant will be used and how they will hold themselves accountable to their constituents for meaningful results.
We favor applicants that:
• Demonstrate clarity of purpose informed by a deep understanding of the need(s) being addressed and the community being served.
• Are located in or close to the neighborhoods in which they work, have close relationships with community members including working with multiple stakeholders, and work with them to identify needs, define success, plan for the future, and govern the organization.
• Use strengths-based and culturally appropriate approaches.
• Have articulated a commitment to and demonstrated expertise in working on issues related to chemical dependency among low-income and underserved communities.
• Provide a rigorous and defensible rationale and strategies for their work and evidence of how it addresses chemical dependency at the community level.
• Demonstrate fiscal responsibility, sustainability, sound management, and ethical governance.
• Work collaboratively with public agencies, other nonprofits, and community organizations.
Recognizing that some organizations applying may not use English as their primary language or have professional grant writers on staff, we will evaluate applications based on their substance, not writing style. Additionally, we hope that our application process will benefit all applicants by exposing them to a larger pool of funders. Therefore, we ask applicants to complete a two step process:
To learn more about our rationale for working with The Giving Common, please visit our FAQ here.
Important Dates and Contact Information
The NS4G application and Giving Common profile must be completed by March 7, 2018. Please allow sufficient time for your Giving Common profile to be processed. We recommend submitting your information to the Giving Common by February 14, 2018. Grant awards will be announced in early April 2018.
For more information about the Giving Common and support for completing your profile, please contact Leigh Handschuh, Senior Program Associate, Nonprofit Effectiveness, at email@example.com or 617-338-1623. For more information about NS4G and our application process, please contact Rebecca Riccio, Director of the Social Impact Lab, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-373-4020.
Northeastern Students4Giving (NS4G) is an experiential philanthropy education program that enables students to make a positive and lasting impact in the communities where we live and learn through grant making. We make grants to community-based nonprofit organizations that address critical economic and social challenges facing the Boston neighborhoods of Mission Hill, Fenway, Roxbury, and the South End. Through our grant making, we further strengthen the relationship between the Northeastern University community, our grantees, and the neighborhoods they serve.
Since 2008, students have used a consensus-based approach to manage all stages of the NS4G funding cycle, from conducting needs assessments through making grant determinations. Past funding priorities have included trauma treatment, diversity and inclusion, youth violence, households at risk due to financial insecurity, positive youth development, thriving families, intimate partner violence, post-incarceration reintegration, mental health, and policy and advocacy to support under-represented families. Our philanthropy is informed by coursework in human services and nonprofit management as well as many experiences students have had working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector. NS4G is advised by Social Impact Lab Director Rebecca Riccio and Human Services Director Lori Gardinier, MSW, PhD. Our decision-making is completely independent of any other relationships applicants may have with the university.
Funding for NS4G’s grant making is provided by the Learning by Giving Foundation and other Northeastern University donors.