Applications Open For 2024 Black Girls Dream Fund

Applications for the the Black Girls Dream Fund’s 2024 grant cycle are open for submissions now through Dec. 4.

The Southern Black Girls and Women’s Consortium (Southern Black Girls) is accepting applications for a new cycle of the Black Girls Dream Fund grant.

The consortium, coordinated by an ensemble of Black women, launched the new fund on Nov. 7 to continue their efforts toward providing resources and support for organizations led by Black women whose initiatives intentionally empower Black girls and women in the South. According to a press release, the collective invites application submissions for the 2024 grant cycle through Dec. 4 by 11:59 p.m. EST.

“The Black Girls Dream Fund is a crucial step toward achieving our $100 million goal,” said LaTosha Brown, founder of Southern Black Girls.

Malikah Berry Rogers, executive director of Southern Black Girls, said the grant program is a “movement of transformation” with a mission to unlock the potential of Black girls and young women.

Southern Black Girls addresses the lack of philanthropic investments that fund programs focused on Black women and girls in the South.

A report published by Ms. Foundation titled Pocket Change: A Data Brief on Organizations Serving Black Women and Girls in the United States found an uneven distribution of foundation funding for organizations that support Black girls and women. Southern Black Girls is committed to reaching its $100 million goal over the next decade. The collective has supported 221 Black women-led organizations and 700 girls across the South with $3.7 million in awards.

“By investing in Black women and girls, we are investing in a brighter, more equitable future for our communities. In fact, we invite everyone who shares our vision to join our movement because it’s about giving wings to the aspirations of our next generation who will, undoubtedly, change our world for the better,” Brown said.

According to the Southern Black Girls website, the Black Girls Dream Fund seeks to support Black women-led organizations that support girls and women through projects surrounding education, health and wellness, economic opportunity, social justice, leadership, and empowerment. The fund supports 13 states in the southern region, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, East Texas, West Virginia, and Virginia.

Notifications of awards will begin in January 2024.

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