The United States Census is conducted every 10 years in accordance with the U.S. Constitution. It is the most expansive peacetime exercise of the federal government as it aims to count every single resident living in the entire country. A fair and accurate census is essential to numerous aspects of civic life, from allocation of billions of dollars in federal funds to political representation at all levels of government.
Unfortunately, history has repeatedly shown that certain groups – including people of color, immigrants, low-income communities, and children – are statistically more likely to be undercounted. California faces several unprecedented challenges to a complete and accurate Census 2020 count, including significant underfunding of the Census Bureau, the addition of the citizenship question, and a new online census questionnaire.
To minimize the undercount in our region, the Bay Area Census Funders Collaborative, a partnership between Northern California Grantmakers, East Bay Community Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and other foundations who are committed to ensuring a fair and complete count, has announced a grant program to support Census 2020 education and outreach efforts. The Bay Area Census Funders Collaborative will award grants to nonprofit organizations working to engage and promote the participation of hard-to-count communities in the nine-county Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma).
At this 90-minute information session, we:
- Presented our goals and the grant opportunities
- Reviewed the eligibility and selection criteria
- Described the project proposal characteristics
- Walked through the application portal and process
- Reviewed the RFP, application, and grant disbursement timeline
To watch the livestream of our session on Wednesday, April 24, please click here.
If you are a nonprofit and have questions about the RFP process, please review the recorded event before contacting Daniel Lau, Program and Events Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.