Futuro Latino Fund
Supporting initiatives for the Latino community
The Futuro Latino Fund is a grant program that supports initiatives and organizations that benefit Latino communities. Grounded in resident-led decision making, the program is guided by a committee of Latino representatives who understand the actions that will be most impactful in addressing the needs of their community. Patricia (Pah-tree-see-ah) Mayorga serves as the chair for the 11-person committee.
Goals of the grant include:
- To contribute to the cultural enrichment, socioeconomic well-being, civic participation, and long-term sustainability of local Latino families, neighborhoods, and organizations.
- To promote organizational models that are self-sustaining and can effectively address the interests and concerns of the diverse Latino population.
- To support capacity-building and self-empowerment strategies among local Latino leaders and organizations.
Some areas of focus may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Arts and culture
- Community and economic development
- Youth, families, and women
- Health and wellness
- Civic engagement
- Organizational capacity building
Applications that propose collaborative projects among multiple organizations are welcome. Latino/Latina/Latinx representation among clients served, management, staff, and board members is considered during the decision making process.
Grants of up to $30,000 are awarded. Up to $200,000 in grant funding will be awarded each year. The average grant award is $10,000 to $15,000.
The application period is open annually January 1 – March 1. Applications must be submitted via the online grant portal.
Awards are announced via email in May. Projects must be completed in the year awarded.
Public, tax-exempt organization as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, OR working with a 501(c)(3) fiscal agent who can receive funds on your behalf.
There is no organizational operating budget limit. Organizations of all sizes that fit the other criteria are eligible to apply.
Innovative programs, initiatives, services or other ideas within the above-stated focus areas that serve Latinos in Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie Counties.
Applicants from previous years may apply again this year if they’ve submitted last year’s evaluation report to the Community Foundation.
Applicants’ policies and practices must be in alignment with the following non-discrimination clause: The applicant organization does not discriminate in hiring practices or service provision to clients and/or customers based on race, ethnicity, religious preference, age, [physical, mental, or emotional] ability/disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military service, or gender.
These requirements, including eligibility of repeat funding, focus areas, and budget limit, are subject to change annually. Additionally, the committee reserves the right to waive eligibility requirements to make awards that address critical community needs.