BLAC Fund: Building Local Alignment in Community Fund

The Building Local Alignment in Community (BLAC) Fund is a participatory grant process powered by I Be Black Girl. Community members will have the opportunity to co-design and decide how funds will be invested in the community while radically reimagining the role of philanthropy, including how power is wielded.  

Goals of the initiative:

Center communities of color, low-income residents and other individuals and groups facing historic and ongoing harm from systemic inequities as co-creators and beneficiaries of local efforts to advance health equity  

Advanced strategies that require public health, healthcare and social service (multi-sector) systems, as well as funders and intermediaries, to demonstrate accountability to community residents, their priorities and racial equity 

Provide additional support for community-led nonprofits for technical assistance, policy advocacy, leadership development, community organizing, and other priorities and needs they identify 

Model participatory grantmaking approaches that shift power and influence to communities – and share lessons across RWJF and beyond in ways that seed new norms for how philanthropy is done

Foster meaningful, transparent, and equitable partnerships between community-led nonprofits and multi-sector systems in advancing racial and health equity               

The BLAC Fund Council is...

  • Three-year council service  
  • Represent target communities with shared identities and lived experience 
  • No experience in philanthropy is required 
  • Applications to join the council are open from May 20 to June 10, 2024

“Participatory grantmaking” is defined as:

Co-designing funding strategies and priorities
Reviewing and assessing proposals
Establishing decision-making criteria
Making funding decisions
Participating in and co-designing the evaluation of an initiative