This week in Funding News: May 16, 2019

This week in Funding News:  Forward Promise, Anti-Defamation League and Aspen Institute, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Lation Public Broadcasting

Welcome to Issue #16 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: Forward Promise: Partnering with Systems to Disrupt Dehumanization specifically focused on boys and young men of color;  A newly created Civil Society Fellowship with the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) and the Aspen Institute; Call for proposals for community-based archives from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Latino Public Broadcasting seeking to support production or post production documentary films from the Latino American perspective; and the Pride Foundation invitating applications for enhanced LGBTQ services in pacific northwest.

New Funding Opportunities

National Opportunities

    1. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Forward Promise: Partnering with Systems to Disrupt Dehumanization $$$$

      Deadline: June 6, 2019

      Amount: $150,000 (up to seven awards will be made)

      Category: Boys and Young Men of Color, Systems Change, Equity

      Geographic Funing Area: National

      Eligibility: Organizations and/or institutions engaged in existing partnerships between community-based organizations and youth-serving systems that are actively trying to improve access to, and the quality of, services that support boys and young men of color (BYMOC).

      Description: Forward Promise aims to disrupt the cycle of dehumanization that is occurring in the lives of BYMOC and threatens to derail their life success by creating pathways to healing, growing, and thriving. Through this program, Forward Promise aims to seed new approaches by youth-serving systems to address health and trauma that are grounded in the lived experiences and cultural values, norms, and traditions of BYMOC, and the knowledge of community organizations who work with BYMOC every day. Learnings from the Partnering with Systems to Disrupt Dehumanization grantees may be useful in advancing a greater understanding of what it means for BYMOC to heal, grow, and thrive, and provide concrete examples of the role that culturally responsive youth-serving systems play in the health of BYMOC.

      Complete RFP: https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/funding-opportunities/2019/forward-promise-partnering-with-systems-to-disrupt-dehumanization.html

      Preview a sample proposal before submitting:


    2. The ADL (Anti-Defamation League) and Aspen Institute: The Civil Society  Fellowship $

      Deadline: Nominations closes at the end of May 2019; invited candidates application due by the end of June 2019

      Category: Arts/Culture

      Geographic Funing Area: National

      Eligibility: The fellowship seeks candidates between the ages of 25 and 45 who have already demonstrated a capacity to build a community, movement, organization, or an idea.

      Description: The ADL (Anti-Defamation League) and Aspen Institute have announced the creation of the Civil Society Fellowship to prepare the next generation of community and civic leaders, activists and problem solvers from across the political spectrum.

      Civil society encompasses a broad array of concerns that requires the participation and mutual understanding of all, regardless of political labels. The Civil Society Fellowship is designed to empower fellows through values-based leadership seminars, on-site learning, and exposure to a diverse network of leaders to accelerate the creation of more engaged and cohesive communities in the United States.  ADL and Aspen are seeking nominations of a diverse group of participants.

      Complete RFP: https://www.civilsocietyfellowship.org/.  You can nominate a fellow by clicking here.

State Specific Opportunities

    1. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: Invites Proposals for Community-Based Archives $$

      Deadline: July 1, 2019

      Amount: 25,000 – $100,000

      Category: Arts/Culture

      Geographic Funing Area: National

      Eligibility: Non-profit with an active 501(c)(3) status

      Description: Since 2013, the foundation’s Scholarly Communications program has been making a series of grants designed to support and strengthen a body of archival practice called community-based archiving with the goal of helping to diversify the body of primary source evidence available to activists, artists, and researchers in humanities fields, community historians, genealogists, teachers, and students. Through the program, the foundation will award grants ranging between $25,000 and $100,000 in support of community-based archives that represent and serve communities marginalized due to oppression based on race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, class, sexuality, religion, ability, and/or geographic location. For the purposes of this Request for Proposals, community-based archives must demonstrate that the community members being served and represented actively participate in their archival processes and make key decisions about what to collect and how.

      Complete RFP: https://mellon.org/programs/scholarly-communications/call-for-proposals-community-based-archives/


      Latino Public Broadcasting: The LPB Current Issues Fund (CIF) $$$

      Deadline: June 3, 2019

      Amount: $40,000 – $100,000

      Category: Arts/Culture

      Geographic Funing Area: National

      Eligibility: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and a citizen or legal resident of the United States or one of its territories. Projects must have a Latino/a director and/or producer; non-Latino/a co-applicants must have a Latino/a in a director or producer role.

      Description: The LPB Current Issues Fund (CIF) provides production and post-production funding to documentary films from the Latino American perspective (60 or 90 minutes only) that explore contemporary civic and social justice issues, incorporate a journalistic approach into the filmmaking process, and have resonance for a U.S. national audience.  Journalistic practice must be integral to the project, with commitment to fairness, objectivity and accuracy. LPB is looking for stories that explore timely issues, demonstrate artistic storytelling and have potential to engage communities in civic discourse beyond the broadcast. LPB will accept applications for production and post-production funding; R&D applications are not accepted for the CIF.

      Complete RFP: http://lpbp.org/current-issues-fund-guidelines/.  You can access the online application here.

    3. Pride Foundation: Invites Applications for Enhanced LGBTQ Services in Pacific Northwest

      Deadline: June 28, 2019

      Category: Civil/Human Rights

      Geographic Funing Area: Alaska; Idaho; Montana; Oregon; and Washington

      Eligibility: Non-profit with an active 501(c)(3) status

      Description: The Pride Foundation is motivated by the fundamental belief that every person should be able to live safely, openly, and genuinely in the places they call home and works to build a better, safer, and more equitable world for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people and their families in the Northwest.  To that end, the foundation is accepting applications for its Community Grants program, which awards grants to community organizations that are working to improve the lives and address the needs of LGBTQ youth, adults, and families in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. The program invests in organizations, projects, and strategies that reduce growing disparities and inequities within the LGBTQ community

      Complete RFP: https://pridefoundation.org/find-funding/grants/community-grants/

Funders Spotlight: The Cleveland Foundation

My Brother’s Keeper Alliance hosts its first national convening, MBK Rising! in Oakland, CA on February 20, 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.

Last week, the Cleveland Foundation announced that it will allocate $150 million to social impact investments by the end of 2022. Defining social impact investments as “opportunities that align social good with financial return to bring about social change,” the foundation has pledged that the investments will neither replace nor reduce its grantmaking in other areas, which last year totaled more than $100 million.

Tip of the week: How To Get A Funders Attention

A report from Bolder Advocacy, an initiative of the Alliance for Justice, outlines the types of advocacy efforts that 501(c)(3) organizations can legally engage in and foundations can fund, including policy research, meetings with reporters, educating the public, and community organizing. According to the report, Foundation Advocacy Grants: What Grantees Need to Know 501(c)(3) organizations are not allowed to support or oppose specific candidates for public office, although they can lobby — as long as “no substantial part of a charity’s activities [is used for] carrying on propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation.” For more information on what grantees need to know, click here.

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