This week in Funding News: William T. Grant Foundation, California Community Foundation, US Dept of Justice, NWEA

Photo Credit: Liberty Hill Foundation

Welcome to Funding News Weekly for March 28th—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: funding from the California Community Foundation in partnership with Liberty Hill Foundation and LA County Dept of Probation for youth development and violence prevention initiatives; Research grants to reduce inequality from the William T. Grant Foundation; federal funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention for Comprehensive School-based Approach to Youth Violence and Victimization Prevention, Intervention and Accountability; and supports to educators from NWEA to foster academic growth and achievement for pre-K-12 students who face systemic barriers to academic opportunities.

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New Funding Opportunities

    1. California Community Foundation : Youth Development Initiative
      Deadline: April 12 – Online Registration; April 30 – Full Application
      Amount: Up to $150,000
      Category: Youth, Violence Prevention

      Eligibility: 501(c)(3) status organizations serving Los Angeles County

      Description: The California Community Foundation is seeking applications from organizations with programs in Los Angeles County that provide youth and their families with supportive, asset-based, high-quality resources leading to successful pathways to adulthood.  This opportunity is as a result of an innovative partnership between CCF, the Liberty Hill Foundation, and the Los Angeles County Department of Probation, and is made possible with funding from the Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act (JJCPA). The collaboration is intended to expand opportunities and resources for programs that keep youth out of the criminal justice system to build a system that replaces the traditional structures of arrest and incarceration with one centered on youth development, rehabilitation, and opportunity.Complete RFP: http://www.wmkeck.org/grant-programs/southern-california-programhttps://www.calfund.org/nonprofits/open-grants/education-youth-development-initiative/

    2. William T. Grant Foundation:  Research Grants on Reducing Inequality $$$$
      Deadline: May 1, 2019 – Letter of Inquiry
      Amount: $100,000 – $600,000
      Category: Children, Youth, Research

      Eligibility: Tax-exempt organizations

       Description: The Foundation’s  Research Grant on Reducing Inequality program supports high-quality field-initiated studies relevant to policies and practices that affect the lives of young people between the ages of 5 and 25 in the United States. Investigations into various systems, including justice, housing, child welfare, mental health, and education are encouraged. The program seeks research that builds, tests, and increases understanding of approaches to reducing inequality in youth outcomes, especially on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, and/or immigrant origins and is also interested in research dedicated to programs, policies, and practices designed to reduce inequality in academic, social, behavioral, and economic outcomes. The Foundation is particularly interested in research on improving the use of research evidence by state and local decision makers, mid-level managers, and intermediaries.
      Complete RFP: http://www.medicafoundation.org/-/media/sites/medicafoundation/documents/grants/2019-funding-opportunities_brochure.pdf?la=en&hash=075C140ECDE431120CC188DC47B7E012BD50D36C

    3. OJJDP :  Comprehensive School-based Approach to Youth Violence and Victimization Prevention, Intervention and Accountability $$$$

      Deadline: May 20, 2019
      Amount: Up to $800,000
      Category: Youth, Violence PreventionEligibility: State, Local and tribal governments; non-profit organizations, small businesses

      Description: This program supports a comprehensive effort to address youth violence and victimization through implementing prevention, intervention and accountability efforts in a school-based setting. The goals of the program are to: 1) reduce the incidence of school violence through accountability efforts for offenders; 2) respond to victimization whether as a result of violence that occurs in the school or community; 3) improve overall school safety; and 4) prevent violence, delinquency and victimization in the targeted school/community. Funded efforts would support the development of direct service programs and system-level changes to address the impact that the spectrum of violence has on children and youth including – bullying, physical or sexual assault, family violence (including child maltreatment and domestic violence), gang activity and violence, and gun violence.

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

    4. NWEA : Educators for Equity $
      Deadline: June 10, 2019
      Amount: $10,000
      Category: EducationEligibility: U.S.public school or non-profit serving students pre-K through 12th grade

      Description: NWEA, and education assessment non-profit announces it’s Educators for Equity Grant Program, a new initiative aimed at helping schools foster academic growth and achievement for pre-K-12 students who face systemic barriers to academic opportunities. Fundable activities can include curricula as well as programs that support student engagement in the classroom; help facilitate dialogue amongst educators, students and families about high academic expectations; and provide needed academic supports such as academically-focused afterschool programs.

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

Funder Spotlight: Next 100

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.

Next100  is a pop-up think tank, focused on developing the next generation of policy leaders. Next100 works on issues that matter to young people, from immigration to racial justice to education to gun violence to economic inequality. Based in NYC, Next100 seeks to elevate more diverse, less traditional voices and approaches. Next100 works with leaders to conduct research, develop policy, and work with partners to ensure those policy ideas aren’t just words on a page — but that they actually lead to change.    Next100 is looking to hire six founding Policy Entrepreneurs to get started. Next100 Policy Entrepreneurs will spend two years driving policy change in an area they identify. They’ll conduct original research and generate new policy ideas to address the issues that matter most to the next generation. They’ll receive mentorship, support and training. They’ll develop partnerships, launch creative communications strategies and help build a new type of think tank from scratch (mostly). These are full-time, salaried positions with benefits, based in NYC. Applications are due by April 8, and the jobs run from June 2019-May 2021. See more details and how to apply on the Next100 website; or on twitter @TheNext100

Tip, trick or tool of the week

Is Fiscal Sponsorship right for you? Many collaborative tables coordinate leadership and finances in the early stages through a fiscal sponsor,  or a nonprofit organization that agrees to provide administrative services and oversight to, and assume legal and financial responsibility for, the activities of groups or individuals engaged in work that furthers the fiscal sponsor’s mission.  Inevitably these collaboratives find themselves at a crossroad of needing to “spin off” or establish themselves as an independent 501(c)(3) organization due to board or donor pressure, increasing fees, or mismatch in operational structure and services.  If your collaborative community is questioning whether fiscal sponsorship works best to meet your mission, check out the National Network for Fiscal Sponsorship Guidelines for Comprehensive Fiscal Sponsorship.

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