MacKenzie Scott has announced the launch of a $250 million fund for nonprofits serving the needs of "individuals and families of meager or modest means, and groups who have met with discrimination and other systemic obstacles," according to a press release. The nonprofit network Lever for Change will manage the open call. 

"This Open Call is designed to empower and strengthen communities across the United States that are often overlooked," said Cecilia Conrad, CEO of Lever for Change. "We are looking for organizations that are making a meaningful difference in people's lives. The awards will recognize teams that demonstrate the potential to make progress toward reducing disparities in health, education, economic outcomes, and other critical issues."

Here are the requirements: In addition to providing resources for underserved communities, organizations must have an operating budget of at least $1 million and no more than $5 million, limiting the funds to established mid-sized entities with some track record of meeting needs. 

Completed applications are due by Monday, Jun 12, 2023. 

"We are excited to be partnering with Lever for Change to create this new pathway to support for organizations making positive change in their communities," said Scott in a statement. "Teams on the front lines of challenges have insights no one else can offer, so there are three big headlines here in my heart: Community changemakers can nominate themselves. Community changemakers get feedback from their peers. Community changemakers have a powerful role in funding decisions."

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