Grant Information

Request for Proposals

Micro-grants to support responses to COVID-19 and the movement to end structural racism

Community-based organization professionals are working long hours to support their postsecondary education students and themselves in response to COVID-19 and the movement to end structural racism and police brutality. Trellis Foundation recognizes the inherent relationship between wellbeing and the ability to achieve longer-term educational outcomes. We know that our colleagues are generally overextended and are often generating coping tools and advocacy resources on top of their other work.

In response, we are accepting proposals from community-based organizations focused on postsecondary access and completion for micro-grants to support staff time and resource development dedicated to these rapid responses needed to support the community and our students.

Proposals may range from $500-$2,000. Preference will be given to proposals where stipends will be awarded to professionals of color. If a proposal relies on the lived experience of a professional of color, it is expected that a stipend will be included; our intent is to avoid the “POC tax” often seen in the professional world, where colleagues of color are asked to provide additional work in support of DEI measures but are not compensated accordingly.

Preference also given for proposals providing resources or information that can be shared beyond the applicant organization.


  • RFP release: Aug. 11
  • Application extended! Now closes: Aug. 31 at 9 a.m.
  • Awards announced: Sept. 9

For more details, click here.

For chart on required organization demographics, click here.


While we understand that direct student is urgently needed, this grant is intended to provide capacity support to create a concrete resource or one-time capacity consulting.

If your organization’s mission is to support college access and success, and your mission includes support during the postsecondary years, you are eligible. Organizations providing support only while a student is in high school would not be eligible.

You may submit an application; these will be considered on a case-by-case basis. A large social service nonprofit with a robust postsecondary support program for eligible clients would be considered eligible. An education program targeting K-12, with one or two programming options that include adults or college students, would likely not be eligible.

Please feel free to email us any questions you have!