This week in Funding News: Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, Medica Foundation, American Legion Child Welfare Fund and National Institute of Justice

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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: the Gloria Barron Prize for youth engaged in service projects in their communities; funding from the Medica Foundation to support early childhood health initiatives;  research and capacity building grants from the US DOJ National Institute of Justice; and funding from the American Legion Child Welfare Fund to disseminate information on programs and strategies that benefit youth.    

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New Funding Opportunities

    1. Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes $
      Deadline: April 15, 2019
      Amount: $10,000
      Category: Youth, Community Service

      Eligibility: Public-spirited youth –  ages 8 – 18Description: The Barron Prize welcomes applications from public-spirited young people who are between the ages of 8 and 18 to support their service work or higher education. Applicants must be a permanent resident of and currently residing in the United States or Canada; currently working on an inspiring service project or have done so within the past twelve months; and working as an individual. Twenty prizes of $10,000 each will be awarded

      Complete RFP: http://www.wmkeck.org/grant-programs/southern-california-program

    2. Medica Foundation: Early Childhood Health $
      Deadline: May 2, 2019
      Amount: $25,000
      Category: Health, Early Childhood, EducationEligibility: 501(c)(3) charitable organizations located in and providing services in the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and counties in western Wisconsin. Description:The Foundation is accepting applications for its Early Childhood Health Program to support new programs or the expansion of existing early-intervention physical and mental health programs focused on fostering the optimal growth and development of young children Programs include those that improve access to prenatal and postpartum care; address preventive health and dental care; enhance parenting skills; support developmental, social and emotional health; and/or address the needs of children experiencing homelessness, trauma, or toxic stress. The program supports initiatives dedicated to children from birth through age twelve and that involve parents, caregivers, health care providers, schools, shelters, early-childhood programs, and/or the community at large. Organizations exhibiting trauma-sensitive practices will be given preference.

      Complete RFP: http://www.medicafoundation.org/-/media/sites/medicafoundation/documents/grants/2019-funding-opportunities_brochure.pdf?la=en&hash=075C140ECDE431120CC188DC47B7E012BD50D36C

    3. National Institute of Justice: Tribal Researcher Capacity Building Grants $$
      Deadline: May 13, 2019
      Amount: $100,000
      Category: Youth Justice 

      Eligibility: Local governments, federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and certain qualified individuals. 

      The NIJ announces small planning grants to develop proposals for new and innovative criminal justice research projects involving federally recognized tribes (or tribally based organizations) and which represent a new tribal-researcher investigator partnership. The following research topics are of particular interest to the U.S. Department of Justice: (1) The impact of concurrent criminal jurisdiction on the administration of justice in Indian country and Alaska; (2) The effectiveness of the criminal justice response to the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs; (3) Crime prevention and intervention efforts; (4) Criminal offending; (5) Enhancing investigations and prosecutions; (6) Provision, role, and impact of forensic science services (including medico legal death investigation); (7) Murdered, missing, and trafficked women and girls; (8) Violent crime reduction; (9) Responding to and reducing victimization; (10) Strengthening tribal justice systems (e.g., evaluating tribal healing to wellness courts tribal-state collaborations, wellness court collaborations, technology-based court systems to improve court operations and outcomes, tribal-reentry programs); (11) Developing and testing tools and technologies to improve criminal justice policy and practice (e.g., unmanned aircraft systems, body-worn cameras, drug-detecting technology, location-based technology, digital devices or applications, victim technology-based services)

      Complete RFP: https://www.ojjdp.gov/grants/solicitations/FY2019/Opioid.pdf

    4. American Legion Child Welfare Foundation: Information Campaigns
      Deadline: July 15, 2019
      Amount: UnspecifiedCategory: Children/Youth

      Eligibility: 501(c)(3) charitable organizations

      Description: The Foundation announces funding for organizations that support  the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual welfare of children and youth through the dissemination of knowledge about new and innovative organizations and/or existing programs designed to benefit youth. Projects must have the potential of helping American children in a large geographic area (more than one state).

      Complete RFP: https://fieldfoundation.org/how-to-apply/program-grants/

Funder Spotlight: Edward W. Hazen Foundation

Photo Credit: Youssef Shoufan

“Across the country, young people of color, their families, and communities are rising up to challenge racist, homophobic, and xenophobic sentiment and challenge discriminatory policing, mass incarceration, punitive school discipline, immigrant detention and deportation, privatization of education and other public systems   Hazen believes that our fundamental support of organizing for racial justice is needed now, perhaps more than ever. We have determined that now is the time to put resources into the hands of the communities that must be in the forefront of the struggle” – Hazen website

The Edward W. Hazen Foundation announces plans to spend out their full endowment over the next 5 years to address issues of structural racism central to our national consciousness and part of the “movement moment” America finds itself in today.  Issues such as discriminatory policing, mass incarceration, punitive school discipline, immigrant detention and deportation, privatization of education and other public systems – have received broader attention recently across our society and are central to the Foundation’s mission.    Established in 1925, the Hazen Foundation is committed to supporting organizing and leadership of young people and communities of color in dismantling structural inequity based on race and class. Over the years, the foundation has committed to supporting youth leadership in a variety of program models including: international fellowships, published volumes on religion and values in higher education, focused resources on juvenile justice, education, career counseling, community service, and youth leadership. During the 1990’s and early 2000’s, Hazen provided early support for groups adopting the tools of organizing and applying them to education issues and across multiple issues with young people as leaders.  Today, Hazen continues to support grassroots organizations that develop the capacity of adults and young people of color to generate sophisticated analyses of their experiences, to identify issues and conditions central to oppression, to build power, and to drive change. The 5-year spend down plan will focus on multiyear, general operation support and collaboration effort for grantees “to build new muscles, test out strategies and tactics, pursue campaigns that have the potential to be transformational, and consider questions of infrastructure.” The first round of grants will be released in 2019.

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