This week in Funding News: May 30, 2019

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Welcome to Issue #17 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: Arnold Ventures grant opportunity to reduce the failures of supervision that contribute to mass incarceration by launching the Reducing Revocations Challenge (RRC); Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) HOPE VI Main Street Grant Program; The Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative for Early Education Innovation Challenge; Eugene And Agnes E. Meyer Foundation for DC-Area Organizations Engaged in Meaningful Systems Change; and Weingart Foundation for Inaugural John W. Mack Movement Building Fellows Program

New Funding Opportunities

National Opportunities

  1. Arnold Ventures: Reducing Revocations Challenge Issues Request for Proposals $$$Deadline: June 24, 2019

    Amount: $200,000 (up to ten awards will be made)

    Category: Civil / Human Rights

    Geographic Funing Area: National

    Description: In September 2018, Arnold Ventures announced a major initiative to transform community supervision and reduce the failures of supervision that contribute to mass incarceration. Among its efforts to that end is the launch of the Reducing Revocations Challenge (RRC), an initiative in which Action Research Teams (ARTs) in up to ten jurisdictions will receive funding for a sixteen-month period to 1) conduct in-depth research and data analysis on the drivers of probation failures; and 2) identify policy and practice solutions based on the research findings.

    Complete RFP: https://islg.cuny.edu/sites/our-work/reducing-revocations-challenge/

    Q&A Webinar.  ISLG will host a Q&A webinar about the opportunity on June 3 at 3:30 p.m. EST.

    Link to Complete RFP:


  2. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) HOPE VI Main Street Grant Program $$$$Deadline: July 30, 2019

    Amount: $500,000 – $!M

    Category: Housing

    Geographic Funing Area: National

    Eligibility:City or Township Governments and County Governments

    Description: The purpose of the HOPE VI Main Street Program is to provide grants to small communities to assist in the renovation of a historic or traditional central business district, or “Main Street” area, by replacing unused, obsolete, commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units. The objectives of the program are to: Redevelop central business districts (Main Street areas); Preserve Historic or traditional Main Street area properties by replacing unused commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units; Enhance economic development efforts in Main Street areas; and Provide affordable housing in Main Street areas.

    Complete RFP: https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FY18-19_MainStreetGrantProgram_NOFA.pdf

  3. The Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative: Invites Proposals for Early Education Innovation Challenge $Deadline: August 30, 2019

    Amount: 5,000 – $15,000

    Category: Early Childhood Education

    Geographic Funing Area: National

    Eligibility: Individuals or organizations

    Description: The Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) promotes the knowledge, professional learning, and collective action necessary to cultivate optimal early learning environments and experiences. Now in its second year, 2019 Zaentz Early Education Innovation Challenge invites individuals or teams to submit ideas, concepts, and strategic approaches aimed at driving transformative change in early education. Through the challenge, the initiative will provide funding in support of promising new ideas that have the potential to accelerate positive change and innovation in early education. Idea Track winners will receive $10,000 (1st Place), $5,000 (2nd Place), and $1,000 (Audience Choice). Pilot Track winners will receive $15,000 (1st Place), $10,000 (2nd Place), and $5,000 (Audience Choice). And Scaling Track winners will receive $15,000 (1st Place), $10,000 (2nd Place), and $5,000 (Audience Choice).

    Complete RFP: https://zaentz.gse.harvard.edu/innovation-challenge

State Specific Opportunities

    1. Eugene And Agnes E. Meyer Foundation: Applications from DC-Area Organizations Engaged in Meaningful Systems Change $$Deadline: July 10, 2019

      Amount: $10,000 and $50,000, with $30,000 being the current average award.

      Category: African Americans / Blacks; Education; Racial Equity

      Geographic Funing Area: District Of Columbia; Maryland; Virginia

      Eligibility: 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

      Description: Through a systems change approach, the Meyer Foundation invests in research, education, advocacy, organizing, capacity-building, communications, and narrative change that contributes to meaningful systems change within the greater Washington, D.C., region (the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland; Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William counties in Virginia; and the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park, Virginia).  In 2019, the foundation is prioritizing requests from organizations focused on developing and engaging youth leaders of color, elevating youth voice, and building power among young people, especially young people of color.

      Complete RFP: https://www.meyerfoundation.org/our-funding-approach/how-apply

    2. Weingart Foundation: Invites Applicants for Inaugural John W. Mack Movement Building Fellows Program $$Deadline: June 17, 2019

      Amount: $25,000+

      Category: Arts/Culture

      Geographic Funing Area: California

      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: Founded in 1951, the Weingart Foundation seeks to achieve inclusion and opportunity for all Southern Californians, especially those who have historically been excluded due to their race, income level, gender, religion, immigration status, disability, age, sexual orientation, or zip code.To help strengthen this regional network of next-generation social change leaders, the foundation is investing in a pilot of the John W. Mack Movement Building Fellows program.  Through the program, twelve emerging leaders with a deep commitment to social justice and racial equality will receive opportunities to develop their adaptive leadership skills, hone their leadership stance, improve their ability to develop more effective campaign strategies, and better access resources that support them as leaders of movement building organizations.

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


Spotlight: The Urban Institute

The Urban Institute was founded 50 years ago by President Lyndon B. Johnson to provide

“power through knowledge” to help solve the problems that weighed heavily on the nation’s hearts and minds. What would it take to overcome the damaging effects of structural racism and ensure a more equitable future? A report from the Urban Institute calls on civic leaders, advocates, elected officials, and philanthropists to address the legacy of structural racism in the United States and advance racial equity by taking steps to close four large equity gaps between people of color and white people. The proposed remedies include so-called baby bonds, which would provide all newborns with progressive, publicly funded endowments; education financing reforms; a guarantee of a paid job to anyone who wants to work; and both divestment and investments aimed at redirecting public resources away from racially biased policing and incarceration practices.  Click here to access this organization’s profile.

Five Elements for Success in Capacity Building

Carla Taylor and Lori Bartczak with Community Wealth Partners’ (@WeDreamForward) recently published a blog on the five elements for success in capacity building.  To read the full blog, which provides some great examples and resources, please click here.  

  1. Commit for the long term. The ability to be successful over the long haul requires ongoing attention to organizational capacity — think of it as a sort of personal healthcare plan for nonprofits. 
  2. Co-create solutions with stakeholders. Capacity building should be grounded in two-way conversation between foundations and nonprofits. 
  3. Strengthen the ecosystem. Ideally, all nonprofits should operate in an ecosystem with a diverse network of support available, including consultants and technical assistance providers. 
  4. Support both technical and adaptive capacities. When nonprofits are working to address a complex problem, some of the capacities they need are adaptive. Adaptive capacities are things like the ability to collaborate, to influence others, and to share leadership. 
  5. Ground capacity building in equity. A key strategy for achieving equitable outcomes in communities across America is investing in the talent and leadership capacity of its grantees.

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