2016-2017 Longleaf Collective Grant


ABOUT The Longleaf Collective is a nonpartisan giving circle of members ages 18-40 that believes in the ability to make a meaningful impact in the state of North Carolina. Through a donation of 0.5% of the salary of each member, the collective will be able to make innovative gifts each year to organizations that contribute to improving the citizens and the state of North Carolina, starting in the Triangle* area. The collective will have a core focus on using combined resources to achieve a greater quality of life for the greatest number of people.

*Organizations in the following counties are eligible to apply: Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Lee, Orange, and Wake.

VALUES The Longleaf Collective focuses on innovative nonprofits that are focused on systemic change. The collective envisions the grant making process being concentrated on long-term investments and partnerships. In addition, the grants should be used to experiment and take risks on opportunities that have the potential to produce the greatest social return. Grants will be given to organizations that are nonprofit in mission, nonpartisan in practice, and nondiscriminatory in terms of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status. The Longleaf Collective also upholds the values of nonpartisanship and diversity in regards to its own programming.

Focus Area Each year, members vote on one of four focus areas: arts, education, health, and poverty. The focus area for 2016 is education, with a concentration on scientific literacy.

Science, as our primary tool for understanding the natural world and addressing present and future challenges, interacts with almost every aspect of contemporary life. Becoming a successful, productive, and responsible citizen of the 21st century increasingly requires a basic knowledge of scientific concepts and processes, an understanding of the nature of scientific authority and limitations, an ability to discern true science from pseudoscience, and an awareness of the role of science in everyday life. The Longleaf Collective challenges applicants to propose an innovative project addressing educational gaps in scientific literacy. In particular, the Collective seeks projects focused on the importance of scientific literacy for everyone, not just those who will ultimately pursue careers in STEAM fields. The Collective encourages proposals from a variety of organizations targeting various ages and demographics, focusing on any aspect of the STEAM disciplines, and working within and outside of formal education systems.

At least one proposal will receive seed funding of up to $20,000 and volunteer support from Longleaf Collective members in 2017 to explore and/or initiate implementation of its program.

Questions Send questions to grants@longleafcollective.org and a member of the Grants Committee will respond within 48 hours.

REVIEW & NOTIFICATION Applications must be submitted via www.longleafcollective.org/grant no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 7, 2016. The Longleaf Collective membership will review and vote on all eligible proposals. The top proposals will be invited for a conversation with collective members to discuss the project in greater detail. All applicants will receive notification of their application status by Friday, October 28, 2016.

SITE VISIT Proposals invited to continue the process will be asked to schedule an hour-long in-person conversation with collective members, either at their site or at a public location. During this time, applicants will have the opportunity to describe their plans in greater detail, as well as answer questions of collective members. All site visits will occur between Monday, October 31 and Friday, November 18, 2016

GRANT NOTIFICATION Following a vote of the Longleaf Collective membership, at least one proposal will be chosen for seed grant funding. All final round applicants will receive notification of their status by Friday, December 12, 2016.