Applications for the 2018 MBK Community Challenge Competition closed on May 24, 2018 at 11:59PM ET. If you have any questions, please read the full Request For Proposals and FAQs.

About the Competition

In April 2018, MBK Alliance launched a national competition to identify and support several cities, towns, counties and Tribal Nations that accepted the MBK Community Challenge. We’re looking for MBK Communities that are making steady progress and have the potential to be proof points for what it takes to substantially improve life outcomes for boys and young men of color, especially as it relates to reducing youth violence and growing the pipeline of mentors having a measurable impact on boys and young men of color.

Additionally, as home to the Obama Foundation, advancing the mission of My Brother’s Keeper in Chicago will be a permanent priority well beyond this Competition. Accordingly, a Chicago nonprofit will be selected to be part of the inaugural Community Competition cohort, while other Chicago nonprofits will have the chance to compete for Seed Grants.

Eligible grantees are high-performing backbone organizations, U.S.-based 501 (C) (3) nonprofit organizations with strong leadership and a track record of success in driving collective impact efforts locally, initiating program development, and expanding policies and practices that enhance equity and opportunity for boys and young men of color. These organizations will need to have the backing of local government leadership or an approved MBK Alliance partner in order to submit a proposal in the future.