This week in Funding News: June 13, 2019

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.

MBK Rising! 2019 (Oakland, CA) – Check out a recap of MBK Rising! here.

Welcome to Issue #19 of 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 Communities to support strategies and initiatives for boys and young men of color.

Grant opportunities this week include: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE): Project Prevent; Bureau of Justice Assistance: Comprehensive Corrections Training and Technical Assistance; and Department of Labor – Employment and Training Administration: YouthBuild

New Funding Opportunities

*For all of the following funding opportunities, applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application.

  1. Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE): Project Prevent  $$$$Deadline: July 15, 2019Amount: $250,000-$1 million (20 awards available)

    Category: Education

    Geographic Funding Area: National

    Eligibility: LEAs, including charter schools that are considered LEAs under State law.

    Description: The Project Prevent grant program provides grants to local educational agencies to increase their capacity to help schools in communities with pervasive violence to better address the needs of affected students and to break the cycle of violence in those communities.

    Complete RFP: https://www.obama.org/wp-content/uploads/2019-02206.pdf

  2. Bureau of Justice Assistance: Comprehensive Corrections Training and Technical Assistance $$$$$Deadline: July 31, 2019

    Amount: $700,000 – $7.3 million (8 awards available)

    Category: Community Development, Education, Employment, Labor and Training

    Humanities, Information and Statistics, Law, Justice and Legal Services, Science and Technology and other Research and Development

    Geographic Funding Area: National

    Eligibility: Private institutions of higher education, small businesses, for-profit organizations, public and state controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status other than institutions of higher education

    Description: The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, and Bureau of Justice Assistance is seeking applications for training and technical assistance providers in eight areas, including support to Second Chance Act grantees and practitioners to improve reentry and reduce recidivism, support to grantees and practitioners to improve correctional substance abuse treatment programming/outcomes for inmates/detainees post-release, Prison Rape Elimination Act audit support/training, improving wellness support for institutional corrections employees, improving institutional corrections academy training, evaluation and sustainability support for Second Chance Act grantees, and improving safety of correctional facilities by addressing contraband cellphones.

    Complete RFP: https://www.obama.org/wp-content/uploads/2019-02206.pdf

  3. Department of Labor – Employment and Training Administration: YouthBuild $$$$ Deadline: Aug 06, 2019  Applications must be received no later than 4:00:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

    Amount: $700,000 – $1.5 million (70 awards available)

    Category: Employment, Labor and Training

    Eligibility: Non-profit, state agency,

    Geographic Funding Area: National

    Description: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration  announces the availability of approximately $85 million in grant funds for YouthBuild. DOL will award grants through a competitive process to organizations providing pre-apprenticeship services that support education, occupational skills training, and employment services to at-risk youth, ages 16 to 24, while performing meaningful work and service to their communities.  In addition to construction skills training, YouthBuild applicants may include occupational skills training in other in-demand industries. Individual grants will range from $700,000 to $1.5 million and require a 25 percent match from applicants using sources other than Federal funding.

    Complete RFP: https://www.obama.org/wp-content/uploads/FOA-ETA-19-04-1.pdf

Spotlight: The Kresge Foundation

MBK Rising! Day of Service (Oakland, CA) - Check out a recap of MBK Rising! here.

MBK Rising! Day of Service (Oakland, CA) – Check out a recap of MBK Rising! here.

Last week, the Kresge Foundation announced a record $2.4 million in grants to 25 nonprofit community organization across the foundation’s hometown through its Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit initiative.

“Year by year, we’ve watched our projects map as a sign that revitalization that engages residents, that is largely led by residents, is gaining traction in neighborhoods of the city. There is an enormous amount of work left to do; there are also strong indications and growing hope that we can do it,” said Kresge’s CEO Rip Rapson.

Since 2015, the Kresge Foundation has now awarded a total of 99 planning and implementation grants, totalling $9.2 million.  Over $300,000 of which has been awarded in previous years to Black Family Development, Inc., a current MBKA Impact Community.

Black Family Development is doing important work to strengthen and enhance the lives of children, youth, and families through partnerships that support safe, nurturing, vibrant homes, schools, and communities. The organization currently has a strong focus on improving neighborhood safety and achieving results under the Department of Education’s Promise Neighborhoods program.  To read more about this MBKA grantee, click here.

Click here to see the Kresge Foundation’s full list of Detroit grantees and an interactive map.

Click here to read the full announcement.

The Kresge Foundation is a private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and social investment in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services and community development in Detroit.  Click here to access this organization’s profile.

Tip of the Week –How do I write a grant proposal for my individual project? Where can I find samples?

Grantspace by Candid acknowledges that creating a comprehensive “how-to” guide for grant proposals is difficult.  However, here are some key tips!



  • If you don’t qualify, don’t apply


Remember one important rule: If you don’t qualify, don’t apply. Approach only foundations that have demonstrated interest in your field and geographic area. These funders are more likely to consider your proposal.



  • Parts of a grant proposal


Your proposal should be a compelling presentation of your project, which includes reasonable objectives, a plan to achieve them, and your ability to carry out the plan. Your proposal should suggest that you are a potential partner in furthering the funder’s mission, not just a person asking for money.

Click here if the funder has asked you to provide an artist’s statement.

Proposals from individuals usually do not exceed five single-spaced pages, in addition to the cover letter and the budget. Below is a typical breakdown:

  • Cover Letter: Written specifically to the appropriate contact person at the foundation. 1 page.
  • Abstract (also known as executive summary): Describes concisely the information that will follow. 250 words or fewer.
  • Introduction: Helps to establish your credibility as a grant applicant. 1 sentence to 2 paragraphs.
  • Statement of Need: Describes a problem and explains why you require a grant to address the issue. 1 page.
  • Objectives: Refine your idea and tell exactly what you expect to accomplish in response to the need. 1 page.
  • Methods: What you will do to accomplish your objectives within a stated time frame. 1 page.
  • Evaluation: Measures your results and effectiveness. This should correspond to your objectives. 1 page.
  • Future Funding: Details feasible plans to sustain your project. This applies only if the project will run indefinitely. 1 paragraph.
  • Budget: Itemized list of income and expenses that shows precisely how much money you will need and how you will spend it to accomplish your objectives. 1 page.
  • Sample Proposals



Sample proposals from nonprofit organizations might help, in terms of how to write the sections required from both individual and nonprofit grantseekers, like the statement of need.

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