Our Mission

To serve as a catalyst in promoting diverse leadership in underrepresented communities


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Types of Grants

By Invitation ONLY

  • Start Up/Seed Grant: $2,000 to $10,000 (Other requirements may apply)
  • Technical Assistance: Capacity Building, Resource development, Strategic planning Consultation.

Program Schedule

  • National: Every 3 or 4 years (in synchronization with election cycle)
  • State: Every 2 years
  • County & City: semi-annual and grow into quarterly

Proposal Deadline & Review Process:

Please allow 3 to 6 month lead time before implementation

Rolling deadline: LOI submitted by the end of each month for review. Proposals are by invitation.

Proposal review process: quarterly review& approval/reject based on a complete proposal with all required documents.

Format & requirement of application: 3 to 5 pages


Review Criteria:

  • Participants’ background & caliber (Active Civic Leaders from all walks of life)
  • Program design & content
  • Local politicians & community support with enough man-power
  • Quality and diversity of Speakers and target audience
  • Budget (appropriate to what it needs to deliver) & committed financial support from partners/collaborators

Letter of Intent (LOI)

One page letter to highlight the proposed civic leadership forum & request amount. Review and reply within 30 days. Proposals are by invitation only (Invitation to submit a full proposal does not guarantee funding. Please do not incur any cost in implementation before you received a written official approval letter & a grant contract from CLUSA).

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LOI needs to demonstrate:

  • Lead by local 501 C 3 non-profit organization
  • Support by local community, civic leaders and local politicians
  • Project nature in line with our mission, goals & objectives
  • Diversity and inclusiveness in speakers and target audience