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This week in Funding News: NewSchools Venture Fund, Braitmayer Foundation, Pittsburgh Foundation, Heinz Endowments, Administration for Children and Families

To kickoff MBK Rising!, a national convening hosted by My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, participants attend a Day of Service at MLK Elementary School in Oakland, CA on February 18, 2019. Please credit “The Obama Foundation” when posting. The photographs may not be manipulated in any way, and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, or promotions that in any way suggest approval or endorsement by the Foundation, President Obama, or Mrs. Obama without the Foundation’s prior written consent.

Welcome to Funding News Weekly—your weekly connection to funding opportunities, tools, and grant makers that meet your mission. These curated opportunities represent potential investments and partnerships for MBK Network communities to support strategies and initiatives for boys and young men of color.

Grant opportunities this week include: K-12 education programs innovation from Braitmayer Foundation and New Schools Venture Fund; community innovation grants in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota from The Bush Foundation; grants to advance arts and artists in Pittsburgh; and expanding early childhood education in Winnebago County, Illinois from the Administration for Children and Families.    

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New Funding Opportunities

    1. New Schools Venture Fund: Expanded Definition of Student Success Challenge $$
      Deadline: March 12, 2019
      Amount: $150,000
      Category: Education
      Eligibility: Individuals, for profits and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply Description: NewSchools Venture Fund seeks to reimagine K-12 education with strategic investments that address gaps in pre-K to 12 education technology.  The Expanded Definition of Student Success Challenge will award grants of up to $150,000 to entrepreneurs developing technology-enabled learning experiences that boost academic outcomes through the use of social-emotional learning, improve school culture, and create a nurturing learning environment. In addition to funding, winners will receive wraparound support that includes management assistance and the opportunity to participate in a virtual accelerator.

      Complete RFP: https://www.newschools.org/blog/2019/02/12/news-release-newschools-venture-fund-announces-new-ed-tech-challenge/

      1. Braitmayer Foundation: Innovative K-12 Programs $
        Deadline: March 15, 2019 (Letter of Intent)
        Amount: Up to $35,000
        Category: Education
        Eligibility: nonprofit organizationsDescription: The Braitmayer Foundation is accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations using innovative practices to enhance the quality of K-12 education in the United States. Of particular interest to the foundation are: curricular and school reform initiatives; preparation and professional development opportunities for teachers, particularly those designed to encourage people of high ability and from diverse backgrounds to enter and remain in K-12 teaching.

        Complete RFP: http://www.braitmayerfoundation.org/how-to-apply/

      2. The Pittsburgh Foundation and Heinz Endowments: Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh $
        Deadline: March 15, 2019 (Letter of Intent)
        Amount: $5,000-$20,000
        Category: Arts, Entrepreneurship
        Eligibility: Individuals, nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status within the Pittsburgh region Description: Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh is a joint grantmaking program created and managed through a partnership between The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments. The program was created to build the careers of individual artists, increase the sustainability of cultural organizations focusing on black arts, and boost community awareness of the black arts sector  The program is committed to supporting excellence in presenting and producing artwork rooted in the Black experience. Funding areas include: planning grants, individual artist supports, culturally relevant residency support, advancing the field, festival support, general operating and special project supports.

        Complete RFP: http://www.heinz.org/strategic-areas/creativity/advancing-black-arts-in-pittsburgh

      3. New Schools Venture Fund: Expanded Definition of Student Success Challenge $$
        Deadline: March 12, 2019 Amount: $150,000

        Category: Education

        Eligibility: Individuals, for profits and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply

        Description: NewSchools Venture Fund seeks to reimagine K-12 education with strategic investments that address gaps in pre-K to 12 education technology.  The Expanded Definition of Student Success Challenge will award grants of up to $150,000 to entrepreneurs developing technology-enabled learning experiences that boost academic outcomes through the use of social-emotional learning, improve school culture, and create a nurturing learning environment. In addition to funding, winners will receive wraparound support that includes management assistance and the opportunity to participate in a virtual accelerator.

        Complete RFP: https://www.newschools.org/blog/2019/02/12/news-release-newschools-venture-fund-announces-new-ed-tech-challenge/

      4. The Bush Foundation: Bush Prize for Community Innovation $$$$
        Deadline: April 11, 2019
        Amount: $500,000
        Category: Community Development/Innovation
        Eligibility: Organizations with 501(c)(3) status or government entity (including schools) located in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or one of the twenty-three Native nations that share the same geographyDescription: Bush Prize for Community Innovation celebrates organizations with a track record of successful community problem solving in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the twenty-three Native American nations that share the same geography. Winners are selected for their pattern of innovative solutions; pattern of using inclusive, collaborative, and resourceful processes; and leadership that fosters a culture of innovation. Winners receive a flexible grant of up to $500,000 as well as media relations support, including a short film in which they share their story.

        Complete RFP: https://www.bushfoundation.org/grants/bush-prize-community-innovation

      5. HHS Administration for Children and Families: Early Head Start- Child Care Expansion – Winnebago County, Illinois $$$$
        Deadline: April 23, 2019Amount: $592,378

        Category: Early Childhood Education

        Eligibility: Public or private non-profit organizations, including faith-based organizations or for-profit organizations that can provide early head start services to children and families residing in Winnebago County, Illinois

        Description: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announces the availability of $568,786 to be competitively awarded for the purpose of expanding access to high-quality, comprehensive services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families through Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships, or through the expansion of Early Head Start services in Winnebago County, Illinois.

        Complet RFP: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2019-ACF-OHS-HP-R05-1546

      6. National Institute of Justice: Evaluation of Project Safe Neighborhood $$$
        Deadline: May 1, 2019Amount: $250,000

        Category: Research, Violence Prevention

        Eligibility: For profit organizations, 501(c)(3) status non profits, public and private institutions of higher education, individuals, small businesses, County, City, State governments

        Description: NIJ is seeking applications for funding a multi-site evaluation of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program, producing a national level assessment and 8-10 local level rigorous evaluations. PSN is a Department of Justice-sponsored initiative that involves cooperation of multiple criminal justice agencies and their partners working at the local level to develop and implement strategic responses to reduce gun crime. PSN also prioritizes the leadership of United States Attorney Offices in coordinating local efforts and carrying out federal prosecutions.

        Complete RFP: https://nij.gov/funding/Documents/solicitations/NIJ-2019-15403.pdf

      Funder Spotlight: Campaign for Black Male Achievement

      My Brother’s Keeper Alliance hosts its first national convening, MBK Rising! in Oakland, CA on February 19, 2019. Please credit “The Obama Foundation” when posting. The photographs may not be manipulated in any way, and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, or promotions that in any way suggest approval or endorsement by the Foundation, President Obama, or Mrs. Obama without the Foundation’s prior written consent.

      Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) turns 10!

      This year, CBMA achieves a historic milestone, its 10-year anniversary! CBMA commemorates a decade as a national membership network that ensures the growth, sustainability, and impact of leaders and organizations committed to improving the life outcomes of Black men and boys. CBMA plays the dual role of supporting leaders on the ground while at the same time amplifying and catalyzing the movement for Black Male Achievement around the country.  CBMA’s annual Promise of Place City Index Report provides a guidepost for cities looking to increase engagement and committed action on behalf Black men and boys. Writes CEO Shawn Dove: “It is a challenge to embrace a celebratory mindset when I consider the paradox of promise and peril still facing America’s Black men and boys. Yes, we have come a long way, but what has gotten us here will not get us there. ‘There’ being our ability to point to a country that lives up to its ideals and is able to declare that it is a Promise of Place where Black men and boys, and all communities of color, are not merely surviving but thriving.”

      Learn More on CMBA’s Anniversary website>>

      Tip, trick or tool of the week

      Do you want to apply for grants but have too many things on your plate? Set aside two hours over the next week to write a template Letter of Intent/Inquiry/Interest to get ahead of the grant writing game.   The Letter of Intent is a concise and engaging way to introduce your organization and determine if you are a right fit with a funder. It also serves a snapshot and outline of the overall proposal you will eventually write. Having boilerplate ready to go will allow you to focus on highlighting what matters to a specific funder when the opportunity arises. See here for a sample LOI and tips for writing your own.  Stay ready so you don’t have to get ready!

      Upcoming Training/Technical Assistance

      Check out Introduction to Proposal Writing to help you get started on that LOI – https://grantspace.org/training/introduction-to-proposal-writing/ (available in English and Spanish)

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