ZSR’s State-Level Systemic Change Strategy supports state, regional and local organizations, coalitions, or collaboratives that are working to achieve systemic change at the state level within and across the following priority areas: Advancing Public Education, Fostering a Healthy and Sustainable Environment, Promoting Social and Economic Justice, and Strengthening Democracy. ZSR recognizes that each of these four areas intersect in multiple ways, and will look for approaches that not only strengthen each, but also work across them.
Within the State-Level Systemic Change Strategy, the Foundation is awarding more multi-year grants to organizations. Over the past year, the Foundation has already committed $10.4 million to more than 125 State-Level Systemic Change grantees who will be doing work in 2020. As a result, a smaller funding pool will be available for grantmaking within the State-Level Systemic Change Strategy in Fall 2019 than was available in Fall 2018, which will likely result in fewer grants being awarded this Fall.
“For decades, ZSR has supported positive changes to state-level systems and structures to ensure that North Carolina is a place where all people can thrive,” said Maurice “Mo” Green, executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. “We desire for all North Carolinians to have access to high-quality education, to benefit from a healthy and sustainable environment, to enjoy economic opportunity under just and fair rules and to be able to engage fully in civic life. This commitment is rooted in and driven by our mission and our core values. While our grantees working at the state level have made significant gains for all North Carolinians over the years, we still have much to do together.”
The annual Fall 2019 grant cycle marks the next open cycle of the State-Level Systemic Change Strategy and is open to any eligible local, regional, or state-level organization aligned with ZSR’s core values, mission and state-level vision and working to change state-level systems. The Foundation will begin accepting applications for its State-Level Systemic Change Fall 2019 grant cycle on May 30, 2019. The deadline to submit a grant application for the State-Level Systemic Change Strategy is July 25, 2019
. It is important to note that the application deadline is one week earlier
than in recent years. Trustees will make award decisions for State-Level Systemic Change grants in November 2019.
In May 2019, Trustees awarded State-Level Systemic Change grants totaling more than $1 million during its Spring cycle, which was by invitation.
Organizations that are working to impact state-level systemic change in North Carolina are encouraged to read through our list of Frequently Asked Questions
and Rarely Fund List
to find out more about whether their work fits into the State-Level Systemic Change Strategy.
For more information about ZSR’s State-Level Systemic Change Strategy, including eligibility criteria and/or how to apply, visit: https://www.zsr.org/state-level
Questions about ZSR’s State-Level Systemic Change Strategy should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org