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Community Progress Makers
$25 Million RFP

The Citi Foundation first launched Community Progress Makers in 2015, with the goal of providing unrestricted grant support to community change agents who were working to catalyze economic opportunity for underserved communities across the United States.

In 2021, the Citi Foundation announced it is committing an additional $25MM in a third iteration of Community Progress Makers focusing on supporting local community organizations that are advancing racial equity by breaking down silos and connecting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) to greater social and economic opportunity across the Unites States. This third iteration of Community Progress Makers is part of the Foundation’s Action for Racial Equity commitment and will prioritize organizations that support the BIPOC community through the following focus areas: affordable housing and access, environmental sustainability, economic development, financial health and wellness, social justice, workforce readiness and family sustaining employment.

Through this funding opportunity, the Foundation seeks to award unrestricted grant support of $500,000 to select U.S. nonprofits located and working in the following geographies: Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco Bay Area, and Washington, D.C. In addition to unrestricted grant support, selected organizations will also have access to technical assistance from national experts and an opportunity to participate in a learning community with fellow Community Progress Makers.

For more information, including eligibility criteria, please see Frequently Asked Questions and listen to a pre-recorded informational overview.

Application Process

The application process will be conducted in two rounds following an initial registration:

Round 1

Registration: Interested organizations can request access to the Citi Foundation’s online portal by completing a registration form and answering the eligibility questions. Please note, the deadline for registering is Wednesday, July 7 at 4PM ET. A short overview on how to register in the Citi Foundation’s grant portal can be found here.

Once registered, eligible organizations will receive access to the portal within three business days to complete Round 1 of the application. A step-by-step guide on how to complete the first part of the application can be found here.

The application deadline is Monday, July 12 at 4PM ET.

Round 2

A select number of organizations will be invited to submit additional information on the Foundation’s online portal. In addition, the Citi Foundation may request a phone call to learn more about your organization.


Citi Foundation will host two live Q&A sessions on June 23 and June 30 at 2PM ET to answer questions from potential applicants about this funding opportunity. Registration for the sessions is required here. Please send questions in advance to