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

Grant Application Period is Closed! 

 

Thank you for your interest in a Masala Giving Circle Grant. Our application period for 2021 grant awards is now closed. Please check back soon to celebrate our 2021 grant award recipients. 

Masala’s Grant Cycle
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: Grant Awards Ceremony
Grant applications must be received by the deadline date of December 31, 2020, 5:00 P.M., EST. 

Past Recipients

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2021

$10,000

Eliminating Homelessness

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2021

$9,000

Skills to Pay the Bills

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2020

$2,500

Manatee Food Bank

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2019

$2,500

Hope Family Services, Inc.

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2019

$2,761

We Care Manatee, Inc.

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2018

$1,400

Newtown

Nation

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2017

$2,504

Five Pearls of Excellence, Inc.

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2016

$145

City of Sarasota  – Robert Taylor Community Complex

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2021

$10,000

Newtown Mobile Pantries

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2021

$5,500

Improve Reading

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2020

$2,500

All Faiths Food Bank

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2019

$5,353

Divas of Sarasota, Inc. 

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2018

$5,000

Truly Valued, Inc.

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2018

$824

Manatee County 4-H Association

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2017

$200

Robert Taylor Community Complex

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2015

$5,000

More Too Life

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2021

$6,800

Homeownership

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2021

$4,698.90

Providing Emergency Communication Services

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2019

$1,462

J5 Experience, Inc.

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2019

$1,280

Dollar Dynasty

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2018

$7,900

Visible Men Academy

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2018

$500

Robert Taylor Community Complex

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2016

$8,660

Newtown Nation

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2014

$145

City of Sarasota  – Robert Taylor Community Complex