This week in Funding News: May 9, 2019

Welcome to Issue #15 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: The two national funding opportunities are a $230,000 Youth Gang Suppression grant from the U.S. Department of Justice and a $250,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supporting greater understanding and support for how Anchor Businesses can build a culture of health. The George B. Henderson Foundation has a Boston specific grant that focuses on beautification projects. In addition, there are also two fellowship opportunities presented by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs; the first is an Arts Envoy Program and the second is a Youth Ambassadors Program.

New Funding Opportunities

National Opportunities

      1. Department of Justice: Youth Gang Suppression Implementation $$$

      Deadline: June 24, 2019

      Amount: $230,000

      Category: Youth

      Geographic Funing Area: National

      Eligibility: local governments, tribal governments, nonprofit organizations

      Description: The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking applications for their 2019

      Youth Gang Suppression Implementation Grants Program. This program furthers the

      Department’s mission by strengthening community capacity to stem violence and reduce

      youth offending and victimization, improving the response to children’s exposure to

      violence, and enhancing public safety.

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

    1. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Understanding Anchor Businesses $$$Deadline: June 12, 2019Amount: $250,000

      Category: Health

      Geographic Funing Area: National

      Eligibility: nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status

      Description: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy

      Dedicated solely to health, has issued a call for proposals for research on the ways that

      For-profit anchors advance health and well-being in the communities where they are

      Located. Projects may be generated from a range of disciplines, including business

      management and administration, finance, marketing, economics, labor studies,

      anthropology, program evaluation, public policy, public health, and related fields.

      Complete RFP: https://www.rwjf.org/businesses-to-build-a-culture-of-health.html


State Specific Opportunities

    1. George B. Henderson Foundation: Boston Beautification ProjectsDeadline: May 10, 2019Amount: $20,000 – $40,000Category: Community Improvement/ Development

      Geographic Funding Area: Boston, MA

      Eligibility: organizations under section 501(c)(3)

      Description: The George B. Henderson Foundation provides support for projects

      focused on enhancement of the appearance and preservation of outdoor elements within

      Boston’s city limits, including parks, city streets, buildings, monuments, architectural and

      sculptural works.

      Complete RFP: http://thehendersonfoundation.com/application.htm

Fellowship Opportunities

    1. Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs: Arts Envoy ProgramDeadline: June 3, 2019Category: New Cooperative AgreementEligibility: public or private nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status

      Description: The Arts Envoy Program enables approximately 400 U.S. artists and

      cultural experts to travel abroad each year for individual or group programs to engage

      and consult with key foreign audiences through performances, workshops, meetings, seminars and appearances in foreign media. By addressing topics identified and developed by U.S. missions worldwide in cooperation with ECA, the program promotes an understanding of U.S. policies and institutions and the political, economic, social, and cultural context from which they arise.

      Complete Application: https://eca.state.gov/files/bureau/fy19_arts_envoy_nofo.pdf

    2. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs: Youth Ambassadors ProgramDeadline: June 3, 2019Category: Youth/ Fellowship

      Eligibility: public or private nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status

      Description: The Youth Ambassadors program provides participants with a

      comprehensive survey of civic education, community service, and youth leadership

      development, building their knowledge and skill levels in these areas and supporting them to become active and responsible members of their communities. The program includes a three-week exchange for high school youth (ages 15-18 at the start of the program) and adult educators focused on these themes and sub themes such as social inclusion, entrepreneurship, innovation, and environmental protection.

      Complete Application: https://eca.state.gov/files/bureau/fy19_ya_nofo.pdf


Obama Foundation Fellowship Spotlight

In keeping with the fellowship opportunities in this issue, we want to lift up the 2019 Class of Obama Foundation Fellows. The Obama Foundation Fellowship supports outstanding civic innovators—leaders who are working with their communities to create transformational change and addressing some of the world’s most pressing problems. The program selects 20 community-minded rising stars from around the world for a two-year, non-residential program, designed to amplify the impact of their work and inspire a wave of civic innovation.

One of the new fellow’s is Charles Daniel who started father’s uplift, the country’s first mental health and substance abuse treatment facility for fathers and families, helping fathers become and remain emotionally stable for their children. Fathers’ Uplift uses peer coaching, father-child therapy, trainings, youth programs, and support for incarcerated and recently released fathers to honor and rehabilitate the relationship between thousands of fathers and families in the Boston area. In their outpatient clinic, over 800 fathers and families receive mental health services from clinicians trained in trauma who reflect the population being served. Outside of the clinic, Fathers’ Uplift partners with community centers, substance abuse programs, and other agencies to build a holistic approach to helping fathers rebuild their lives and their relationships with their families.

Click here to read more about the 2019 Class of Obama Foundation Fellows and their work. We encourage MBK Community leaders to apply for the 2020 Fellowship when applications open again.  To receive updates about this specific Fellowship, sign up here.

Tip of the week: How To Get A Funders Attention

Forbes published an article titled “How to Get A Funder’s Attention: Advice From

An Investor.” Getting the attention of investors can be a significant challenge for entrepreneurs. According to investor Julie Menter, the key is the art of pleasant persistence. Julie Menter, featured in the article, cites four qualities of an effective follow up email:

  1. Be Polite
  2. Keep it Short
  3. Create Urgency
  4. Make Any Request Specific and Easy

To read the article and learn more about easy things you can do to get the attention of a funder, click here.

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