This week in Funding News: June 6, 2019

Miguel Zuno Jr. and The Fellowship Initiative

Miguel Zuno Jr. and The Fellowship Initiative

Welcome to Issue #18 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: John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation: Invites Applications for Second 100&Change Competition; William T. Grant Foundation: Invites Applications for Scholars Program; Bureau of Justice Assistance: Upholding the Rule of Law and Preventing Wrongful Convictions Program; Georgetown University Center for Juvenile Justice Reform: Accepting Applications for Transforming Juvenile Probation Certificate Program; NFL Foundation Grassroots Program: Invites Proposals for Field Improvement Projects; and Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation: State-Level Systemic Change Strategy.

New Funding Opportunities

National Opportunities

  1. John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation: Invites Applications for Second 100&Change Competition $$$$$Deadline: July 16, 2019 (Registration Deadline)

    Amount: $100 million (one grant awarded for the full amount)

    Category: Philanthropy / Voluntarism

    Geographic Funding Area: National

    Description: Through its 100&Change competition, the John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation will award a single $100 million grant in support of a bold proposal that will deliver measurable progress toward solving a significant critical problem of our time. Proposals from any sector are encouraged, and any organization or legal entity (with the exception of government agencies) may apply. Individuals are ineligible to apply.  To be eligible, applicants must register by July 16, 2019. Applications will be accepted through August 6, 2019, with the top hundred proposals to be selected in February 2020 and finalists selected in the spring of 2020. During the spring and summer of 2020, finalists will work with an expert team to strengthen their proposals, present a preliminary plan for monitoring and evaluation and learning, and demonstrate authentic engagement with communities of interest before submitting their revised project plans. The MacArthur Foundation’s board of directors will select the final award recipient in the fall of 2020.

    Complete RFP: https://www.100andchange.org/#home

  2. William T. Grant Foundation: Invites Applications for Scholars Program $$$

    Deadline: July 2, 2019

    Amount: $350,000 (over three years)

    Category: Social Science

    Geographic Funding Area: National

    Eligibility: Applicants must be nominated by their institutions, have received their terminal degree within seven years of submitting an application, and be employed in career-ladder positions (e.g., a tenure-track position in a university)

    Description: The New York City-based William T. Grant Foundation supports research aimed at improving the lives of young people between the ages of 5 and 25 in the United States. To that end, the foundation is inviting applications for its Scholars Program. Through the program, teams of four to six scholars in any discipline will be awarded up to $350,000 over five years in support of research and mentoring plans with the potential to significantly expand researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas. Scholars also will receive career development opportunities, including summer retreats and foundation-sponsored workshops on topics relevant to their work (e.g., mixed methods, reducing inequality, and the use of research evidence in policy and practice).

    Complete RFP: http://wtgrantfoundation.org/grants/william-t-grant-scholars-program#overview

  3. Bureau of Justice Assistance: Upholding the Rule of Law and Preventing Wrongful Convictions Program $$$

    Deadline: July 2, 2019

    Amount: $275,000

    Category: Education/Law, Justice and Legal Services

    Geographic Funding Area: National

    Eligibility: City or Township Governments and County Governments, Tribal Communities and Non-profit Organizations

    Description: Upholding the Rule of Law and Preventing Wrongful Convictions (URLPWC) Program is committed to protecting the integrity of the criminal justice system and the consistent application of due process for all. The URLPWC Program supports efforts by both conviction integrity or review units (CIUs) and wrongful conviction review entities (WCR entities) that represent individuals with post-conviction claims of innocence to review individual cases.

    Complete RFP: https://www.bja.gov/URLPWC19

    Register with Grants.gov: Applicants must register with Grants.gov at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/home.html prior to submitting an application.

  4. Georgetown University Center for Juvenile Justice Reform: Accepting Applications for Transforming Juvenile Probation Certificate Program $$

    Deadline: July 26, 2019

    Amount: $20,000 (full cost of the program, plus travel and lodging)

    Category: Public Affairs

    Geographic Funding Area: National

    Eligibility: The program can accommodate seven teams of up to eight members each. All teams are required to have a chief probation officer, judge, and prosecutor among its members. Other positions, such as a leader of a community-based organization, are recommended.

    Description: In partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform and the Council of State Governments Justice Center are inviting teams representing state and local juvenile justice jurisdictions to apply for a new program designed to help transform juvenile probation culture and practice.  To be held November 4-8, 2019, in Washington, D.C., the Transforming Juvenile Probation Certificate Program will provide intensive instruction, discussion, and planning to jurisdictions ready to question the purpose and goals of probation. To that end, practitioners, researchers, and policy makers will lead sessions on incorporating practices for equity; youth, family and community engagement; diversion and disposition decisions; the role of the probation officer; and approaches to transformational change. Through the generous support of the Casey Foundation, participant travel, lodging, meals, on-site activities, conference venue and materials, and one year of distance and on-site consultation and implementation technical assistance is provided at no cost. Teams will be responsible, however, for a contribution of $20,000, which will cover tuition and registration-related costs.

    Complete RFP: https://cjjr.georgetown.edu/certificate-programs/transforming-juvenile-probation/

  5. NFL Foundation Grassroots Program: Invites Proposals for Field Improvement Projects $$$

    Deadline: August 30, 2019

    Amount: $250,000

    Category: Athletics/Sports

    Geographic Funding Area: California

    Eligibility: Non-profit organization or be a Middle or High School

    Description: The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program is a partnership of the National Football League Foundation, which provides funding for the program, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), which provides technical assistance and manages the program. The goal of the program is to provide nonprofit, neighborhood-based organizations with financial and technical assistance that enables them to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local football fields. To that end, the program provides grants of up to $250,000 for capital improvement projects. Strong preference will be given to proposals that (1) seek funds to upgrade existing facilities that are in poor condition or otherwise underutilized; (2) demonstrate active use of the fields; (3) attract matching funding that exceeds the minimum required match of 1:1; (4) involve local partnerships with nonprofit community partners (e.g., USA Football, Parks and Recreation Departments, YMCA branches, etc.) to promote youth sports safety and community programming on the fields; (5) provide for continuing maintenance and field safety; and (6) involve youth football programs that are currently registered and compliant with USA Football’s Heads Up Football player safety program. As noted above, grants are given only for capital expenditures.

    Complete RFP: http://www.nflfoundation.org/applications/programs/view/grassroots

State Specific Opportunities

    1. Smith Reynolds Foundation: State-Level Systemic Change StrategyDeadline: July 25, 2019

      Category: Community Improvement/Development

      Geographic Funding Area: North Carolina

      Eligibility: Non-Profit Organization

      Description: The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation supports positive changes to state-level systems and structures to ensure that North Carolina is a place where all people can thrive.  As part of its State-Level Systemic Change Strategy, the foundation focuses on four priority areas it believes are integral to achieving its state-level vision: Advancing Public Education, Fostering and Sustaining a Health Environment, Promoting Social and Economic Justice, and Strengthening Democracy. The foundation recognizes that each of these areas intersect in multiple ways and looks for approaches that not only strengthen each are, but also work holistically within and across them.

      Complete RFP: https://www.zsr.org/state-level

Spotlight: The Final Report on The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing

Miguel Zuno Jr. and The Fellowship Initiative

In May 2015, the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing released their final report.  While it has now been four years, the recommendations are still applicable today. The task force recommendations, each with action items, are organized around six main topic areas or

“pillars:” 1) Building Trust and Legitimacy, 2) Policy and Oversight, 3) Technology and Social Media, 4) Community Policing and Crime Reduction, 5) Officer Training and Education, and 6) Officer Safety and Wellness.  In establishing the task force, President Obama spoke

of the distrust that exists between too many police departments and too many communities—the sense that in a country where our basic principle is equality under the law, too many individuals, particularly young people of color, do not feel as if they are being treated fairly. We encourage you to read this report as it is chock full of recommendations that would be helpful to MBK Communities.  Click here to access the full report.

Tip of the Week – Pulling Back the Veil: Top 5 Things Grantees and Funders Wish the Other Knew

Black Fox Philanthropy and Candid (formerly Foundation Center, which recently combined with GuideStar to form a brand new organization) co-hosted a gathering for capacity building partners and NGOs at Opportunity Collaboration last October.  The topic was “What do you wish each other knew that would make a difference in your relationships, how you do your work in the world, and the impact you are having?” Here is a synopsis of what each shared:


What I wish NGO Grantees or Potential Grantees Knew

  • Treat Us Like Equals.
  • Make It A Conversation.
  • “No” May Not Mean No Forever.
  • Above all…Be Authentic!



What I wish Funding Partners or Potential Funding Partners Knew

  • Ask Where Your Funds Are Needed Most.
  • Fund Overhead.
  • Invest in Leaders, Ideas and Mentorship.
  • Think Holistically.

To read the full blog, by Natalie Rekstad and Michele Dilworth, please click here.

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