Grant Awards & Gifts

Masala’s vision is to enhance culturally-vibrant thriving African American/Black communities. Its mission is to promote economic and personal empowerment through financial support for programs and initiatives that benefit African American/Black communities in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.  
Masala gives grant awards and gifts to non-profit tax-exempt organization pursuant section 501(c)(3) that have a program(s) and/or services aligned with their mission. Since the circle was founded in 2013, Masala has awarded grants and gifts to the below organizations.

How to Apply

When applying, make sure your application meets the following guidelines:
  • Demonstrate clear program goal(s) and objective(s) aligned with Masala’s mission
  • Target audience served is African American
  • Funding request is commensurate with program goals & activities
  • Qualified personnel perform and/or provide oversight for program activities
  • Measurable program outcomes and achievement of goal(s) are planned and reported

Thank you for your interest in a Masala Giving Circle Grant
Our application for 2020 grant awards is now closed.
Please visit our website again in  November 2020 to download a grant
application for our 2021 grant cycle and awards.

Masala’s Grant Cycle
This calendar is based on the preceding annual schedule listed above and subject to change.  Grant applications must be received by the deadline. Funding decisions are announced within 90 days of the closing of accepted applications.
October - December: Identify potential organizations for grants and provide non-profits with grant application 
December 31: Completed Grant Application due to Masala Giving Circle
 
January - March: Review of Applications by Grants Committee and Masala Membership
April: Notifications to non-profits of their status
May 20: Grant Awards Ceremony
This calendar is based on the preceding annual schedule listed above and subject to change.  Grant applications must be received by the deadline. Funding decisions are announced within 90 days of the closing of accepted applications.

Past Recipients

2014

$145

City of Sarasota  – Robert Taylor Community Complex

2016

$8,660

Newtown Nation

2018

$500

City of Sarasota  – Robert Taylor Community Complex

2018

$5,000

Truly Valued, Inc.

2019

$1,280

Dollar Dynasty

2019

$2,761

We Care Manatee, Inc.

2015

$5,000

More Too Life

2017

$200

City of Sarasota  – Robert Taylor Community Complex

2018

$824

Manatee County 4-H Association

2018

$7,900

Visible Men Academy

2019

$2,500

Hope Family Services, Inc.

2020

$2,500

All Faiths Food Bank

2016

$145

City of Sarasota  – Robert Taylor Community Complex

2017

$2,504

Five Pearls of Excellence, Inc.

2018

$1,400

Newtown

Nation

2019

$5,353

Divas of Sarasota, Inc. 

2019

$1,462

J5 Experience, Inc.

 

2020

$2,500

The Manatee Food Bank

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