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Community Pilot Project Programs

Applications are Open


Letters of Intent and Proposal Narratives may be submitted in audio or video formats! 

Application Deadline: June 21, 2024

NAACFRC’s Community Pilot Project Program aims to build community among community-based organizations (CBOs) to conduct research that is both responsive and relevant to the well-being of African American children and families. This community program is designed to provide funding and technical assistance to community-based organizations (CBOs) in the form of training in community-based participatory research. If selected, the CBO will conduct a pilot study that positions them for future collaborative research. 

Community Pilot Project Program

The NAACFRC invites proposals from CBOs interested in conducting a research project. Projects must address at least one NAAFCRC research priority area:

    1. Economic Self-Sufficiency or Poverty Alleviation (e.g., Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program)
    2. Early Education and Care (e.g., Head Start, childcare assistance programs)

Participants may also request technical assistance in developing their proposal from academic faculty researcher(s) as partner(s) or through the NAACFRC. 

Eligibility Criteria

Community-based organizations (CBOs) eligible to apply for this project opportunity must:

      1. Be a not-for-profit under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
      2. Serve African American children and/or families (primarily).
      3. Letters of Intent are strongly recommended but not required. They should be submitted by May 17, 2024, 5:00 p.m. EST.


Three projects will receive up to $20,000 in funds, over a 12-month period, beginning in September 2024.

Budgets may include non-administrative personnel (salaries and fringe), consultants, supplies, and other approved expenses. Budgets may not include capital expenditures for equipment or rental costs of off-site facilities.

To preview the Community Pilot Project Program Instructions and  Application 

Application Deadline: June 21, 2024

If you are interested in participating in the Community Pilot Project Program and meet the eligibility requirements, please complete the application by clicking below.

All applications MUST be submitted through this Online Application Portal.

If you have any questions about the program, please email us at


Have Questions?

The NAACFRC will hold Project Application Informational Meetings on:

May 2, 2024
2:00 p.m. EST

May 16, 2024
2:00 p.m. EST

2023 Community Pilot Project Program Awardees

The NAACFRC has selected two community-based organizations:

Pillars Initiative and Girassol Wellness

Pillars Initiative

Pillars Initiative is a non-profit organization based in Georgia that aims to enhance the well-being of underserved youth and emerging adults through education, service, and scholarship. Pillars has incorporated financial literacy into its Transitions Life Skills course to increase social and economic mobility in Dekalb County, explicitly focusing on single-parents families with teens aged 16-19. 

Pillars Initiative’s Community Pilot Project, which will address NAACFRC’s priority area of poverty alleviation, will research and evaluate the effectiveness of this financial literacy program designed to equip teenagers with the essential skills and knowledge to manage their finances, make informed financial decisions, and accomplish their financial objectives. By equipping these young individuals with the skills and knowledge to manage their finances effectively, this program may help break the cycle of poverty and set them on a path toward financial stability and success.

Girassol Wellness

Girassol Wellness, Inc. is a volunteer non-profit organization in Atlanta, Georgia with a longstanding commitment to serving African American women and children with lived experiences of poverty, homelessness, and reduced access to health care services. Their mission is to deliver low-cost behavioral health care that is informed by the lived experiences and lived environments of their target population. 

For their Community Pilot Project, they will address the NAACFRC priority area of poverty alleviation through ethnographic research methods. Their research project involves documenting the stories and lived experiences of Atlanta residents who were recently permanently displaced from their homes and relocated inside metro Atlanta. They will utilize CBPR methods to document community narratives and explore themes of systems, safety, and poverty and their impact on the health and well-being of African-American families. 

2022 Community Pilot Project Program Awardees

For the inaugural year of the program, NAACFRC selected three community-based organizations: Father’s Incorporated, Children’s Home & Aid, and the Brooklyn Perinatal Network.

Brooklyn Perinatal Network (BPN)

BPN was established in 1988 by a community task force to address high infant mortality. Their purpose is to prevent and reduce infant/maternal illness and death, which for several years have been excessively high in African American communities.

BPN’s Pilot Project, “An exploration of preconception health, birth outcomes, maternal loss and fatherhood in Brooklyn, NY” examines men’s preconception care and health, and paternal preconception risk factors for adverse birth outcomes. It was funded to provide insights into the fatherhood perspective that might help Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Early Head Start/Head Start, and Child Care Assistance better serve African American communities.

This project is in alignment with NAACFRC’S research priority of Social Mobility and Early Care and Education (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Early Head Start and Head Start, Child Care Assistance).

Children’s Home & Aid

Children’s Home & Aid engages with nearly 30,000 children, youth and families each year in over 65 counties across Illinois, linking them to a network of resources. They advance the well-being of children by investing in families to disrupt the systemic and multi-generational cycle of racial, social, and economic inequality.   

With the bulk of current research on fathers’ educational involvement being drawn from samples of White middle-class fathers, the Children’s Home & Aid Community Pilot Project is, “Best Practices for Promoting Positive Father Educational Involvement & Child Well-Being in Fatherhood. The purpose of the research is to lead to the development of a conceptual framework for African American fathers’ educational involvement and a corresponding fatherhood program curriculum inclusive of educational involvement components. This project is in alignment with NAACFRC’s research priority of Early Care and Education (Early Head Start and Head Start, Child Care Assistance).

Fathers Incorporated

Established in 2004, Fathers Incorporated works collaboratively with organizations around the country to identify and advocate for social and legislative changes that lead to healthy father involvement with children, regardless of the father’s marital or economic status, or geographic location.

Fathers Incorporated’s Moynihan Institute proposed research utilizing an ecological framework to identify potential contextual and individual factors that may serve as barriers to paternal engagement and accessibility. The objectives of the study are to understand the lived experiences of young, African American fathers and the perceptions of the supports available to assist them in their fathering roles. This project is in alignment with NAACFRC’S research priority of Economic and Social Mobility (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). 

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