The grant program awards three years of mentoring software and support to a non-profit organization pursuing equity for BIPOC individuals and/or businesses
Bellevue, WA – Chronus, the leader in mentoring software, has launched its second annual grant program to enable one non-profit each year to pursue a mentoring program focused on improving racial equity for the Black community, Indigenous community and/or other communities of color. With the assistance of a three-year contract for Chronus mentoring software and standard customer success services for a mentoring program, the grant supports up to 500 program participants (mentors/mentees) concurrently. In addition, the selected organization will receive a one-time cash grant in the amount of $7,500 to assist in implementing and facilitating the mentoring program.
“While 2020 and the global pandemic may have brought societal disparities into focus, we know that the existing and ongoing inequities require a sustained, dedicated effort to combat and dismantle them,” said Seena Mortazavi, CEO of Chronus. “Research has proven few interventions support DEI and the dismantling of systemic inequities as well as mentorship. We couldn’t be more excited to launch the second annual Mentoring for Racial Equity grant program to continue Chronus’ commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) within our immediate community and in the world beyond.”
Last year’s recipient was Forever Kings, a non-profit based out of Cincinnati that aims to challenge the social norms, explicit biases, and stigmas associated with boys and young men of color.
In order to apply for the 2021 program, an organization must be located within the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, or a US territory, a registered tax-exempt non-profit organization under the applicable laws of the United States and may not be an existing customer, contractor or vendor of Chronus LLC. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2021.
Chronus will host a virtual Informational Session exploring the various mentoring use cases the platform serves and illustrate the platform’s functionality on July 21 for interested applicants. Eligible applications will be evaluated by a panel of judges selected by Chronus leadership. Judging criteria will be broken down into three main areas for consideration:
- Impact – positive impact on the Black community, Indigenous community and/or other communities of color; likelihood to positively impact racial equity and/or justice in society (60%)
- Infrastructure – strength, background and commitment of the team that will be running a mentoring program utilizing Chronus software; a well-structured plan for how to utilize mentoring to impact racial equity and/or justice (30%)
- Timing – ability to integrate Chronus in existing program or launch new program within year 1 of the contract term (10%)
Applications for the grant program will be open until 5pm PDT on September 30. Start your application for the Mentoring for Racial Equity grant program today. Chronus will announce the winning organization on November 11.
Chronus, the leader in mentoring software, helps people connect and learn from one another in the pursuit of growth, development and support. We power hundreds of thousands of successful mentoring connections for some of the world’s largest companies, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and professional associations. Our unique MatchIQ® technology, expert support, and exceptional user experience enable mentoring programs to scale and drive impact for organizations while changing lives through the power of mentoring.
With a guided experience for participants, a mobile app for people on the go and the most configurable platform in the industry, we work with organizations to support a variety of programs and mentoring formats. These organizations include McGraw Hill, Uber, Texas A&M University, Lean In Energy and hundreds more. In addition to integrations with video conferencing and collaboration tools, like Zoom and Slack, Chronus also includes built-in video and chat capabilities within the platform for more meaningful virtual connections.