This week in Funding News: Field Foundation, America’s Promise Alliance, WK Heck Foundation, AmeriCorps

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:  AmeriCorps 2019 Indian Tribe grants to foster civic engagement; grants from Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention to support community approaches addressing youth affected by opiods; arts, justice, media and leadership investments in Chicago from the Field Foundation; and grants from the WK Heck Foundation to support education and health youth development in Southern California.  

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New Funding Opportunities

    1. W.K. Heck Foundation: Projects in South California $$$$$
      Deadline: May 1, 2019
      Amount: $100,000 – $1M
      Category: Community Development, Education

      Eligibility: Non-profit organizations serving Los Angeles CountyDescription: WK Heck Foundation currently is accepting applications to its Southern California Program, which seeks to promote the education and healthy development of children and youth, strengthen families, and enhance the lives of people in the greater Los Angeles area. The program supports organizations that provide arts and cultural enrichment, civic and community services, early childhood and pre-collegiate education, and health care. The foundation encourages projects that address compelling issues and have the potential to have a significant impact on the target population, organization, region, and/or field. Priority will be given to projects focused on children and youth from low-income families, special-needs populations, and safety-net services.
      Complete RFP: http://www.wmkeck.org/grant-programs/southern-california-program
    2. AmeriCorps Indian Tribe Grants 2019
      Deadline: May 2, 2019
      Amount: Varies, based on operating budget and scope of project
      Category: Community Development, Economic Opportunity, Violence PreventionEligibility: Federally recognized Indian Tribes and tribal organizations controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by Indian TribesDescription: The Corporation for National and Community Services announces 2019 Americorps Grants for Indian Tribes to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic participation through service and volunteering. AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to strengthen communities. An AmeriCorps member is an individual who engages in community service through an approved national service position. Members may receive a living allowance and other benefits while serving. Upon successful completion of their service, members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award from the National Service Trust that members can use to pay for higher education expenses or apply to qualified student loans.Complete RFP: https://www.nationalservice.gov/documents/2019/2019-americorps-indian-tribes-grants-nofo
    3. Field Foundation of Illinois – Arts, Justice, Media, Leadership Investments $
      Deadline: May 3, 2019 – Letter of Intent
      Amount: $10,000 – 50,000
      Category: Community Development, Arts, Justice, MediaEligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations working within the geographic area of ChicagoDescription: The Field Foundation supports Chicago-based non profits working in the areas of justice, art, media and storytelling, and leadership to serve the people of Chicago with a focus on communities commonly divested in. The foundation is interested in investing 60 percent of its portfolio in a range of community-based organizations, with a focus on ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American) organizations. Complete RFP: https://fieldfoundation.org/how-to-apply/program-grants/

    4. OJJDP Opioid Affected Youth Initiative $$$$$
      Deadline: May 7, 2019
      Amount: $1M
      Category: Youth JusticeEligibility: County, State and Local government, and federally recognized Native Indian Tribal governmentsDescription: Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention announces funding to states and localities to identify and implement approaches for addressing youth affected by opioids. Approaches may include the role of law enforcement, prosecution, and probation and parole in identifying youth impacted by opioids and partnering with child welfare, medical providers, and treatment providersComplete RFP: https://www.ojjdp.gov/grants/solicitations/FY2019/Opioid.pdf

Funder Spotlight: America’s Promise Alliance Power of Youth Challenge (Ages 13 -18)

America’s Promise Alliance brings together hundreds of national non-profits, businesses, communities, educators and citizens devoted to creating the conditions for success for all young people. APA’s work is powered by their belief that all children are capable of learning and thriving, and that every individual, institution and sector shares the responsibility to help young people succeed.  In partnership with the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and Peace First, APA is accepting applications for its Power of Youth Challenge. Through this program, young adults are invited to bring positive change to their community and develop skills for now and in the future by leading a local service project. Youth will receive coaching and support as they develop their project, with each team eligible for a mini-grant of up to $250, based on project needs. Young adults are encouraged to identify an issue in their community and research it, start planning a team project, build a budget, apply for the $250 grant, track results, and then tell their story to the larger community. Candidates who apply and complete their projects will be eligible for an accelerator grant of up to $5,000 to grow their project over the next year.

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Tip, trick or tool of the week

Increase your board’s ownership and dedication to bringing resources to the organization by balancing “fundraising” and “development” activities. “Fundraising” is an activity with a beginning, middle and end that results in dollars, while “development” is as an on-going, wide-ranging process of acquiring various resources for the organization.  Engage your board in both these processes by: establishing a long-term development plan; providing board members with opportunities to partner with staff to meet annual fundraising goals; identifying and cultivate potential donors through board personal and professional relationships; encouraging board members to act as ambassadors for the organization; and creating a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization.  

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