This week in Funding News: Americorp National Grants, US DOE Charter School Replication, Early Childhood programs

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.

This week features Americorps State and National Grants to strengthen communities’ evidenced-based practices; US Department of Education Grants to Charter Management Organizations for the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools; support for early childhood and parenting programs from Caplan Foundation; and grants from Arcus Foundation – Social Justice Programs for initiatives that provide increased safety for LGBTQ people.

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New Funding Opportunities

  1. Arcus Foundation : Social Justice Program

    Deadline: January 22, 2019 for Proof of Concept. Upon review, selected organizations will be invited to submit a full proposal by March 6, 2019

    Amount: $200,000

    Category: LGBTQ, Human Rights

    Eligibility: 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Priority given to organization based in the southern United States (Arizona, California’s Central Valley), Florida, Georgia, New Mexico, North Carolina)

    Description: The Arcus Foundation is accepting Proof of Concepts for its Social Justice Program, which gives priority to LGBTQ communities in the Americas and Africa that have been pushed to the margins based on racial, gender, or economic status and where evidence suggests potential for concrete change over a ten-year period. The program, which envisions a world in which all LGBTQ people live with dignity, safety, and opportunity in inclusive communities and societies, supports programs or initiatives that provide increased safety for LGBTQ people, increased LGBTQ-affirming protections, and increased inclusion and acceptance of LGBTQ people

    .Complete RFP

  2. Americorps State and National Grants

    Deadline: January 30, 2019Amount: Based on availability of annual appropriations.

    Category: Education, Youth, Economic Opportunity, Violence Prevention

    Eligibility: County governments, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Independent school districts, Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments Private institutions of higher education, Special district governments, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, State governments, City or township governments, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education

    Description: AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to strengthen communities. An AmeriCorps member is an individual who engages in community service through an approved national service position. Members may receive a living allowance and other benefits while serving. Upon successful completion of their service, members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award from the National Service Trust that members can use to pay for higher education expenses or apply to qualified student loans.

    Complete RFP

  3. Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood

    Deadline: January 31, 2019

    Amount: Unspecified, average award = $50,000

    Category: Youth, Early Childhood, Education

    Eligibility: 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations. Foundation seeks to fund NEW innovations and program ideas in existing organizations (not existing programs).

    Description: Caplan Foundation supports innovative, creative projects and programs with the potential to significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education, and/or quality of life of children from birth through age five. To that end, the foundation provides funding in three areas: early childhood welfare, early childhood education and play, and parenting education. Foundation seeks to fund NEW program ideas that show promise (not existing programs).

    Complete RFP

  4. US Department of Education. Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Expanding Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Program (CSP): Grants to Charter Management Organizations for the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools CFDA Number 84.282M

    Deadline: February 9, 2019

    UP to $1,500,000

    Category: Education

    Eligibility: Charter Management Organizations. Eligible applicants may apply individually or as part of a group or consortium.Description: The US Department of Education announces the CSP Grants to Charter Management Organizations (CMO) for the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools to enable CMOs to replicate or expand one or more high-quality charter schools. Grant funds may be used to expand the enrollment of one or more existing high-quality charter schools, or to replicate one or more new charter schools that are based on an existing, high-quality charter school model.

    Complete RFP 

Funder Spotlight

The Skillman Foundation, Detroit, MI
Focus Areas: Community Connections, Community Leadership, Education, Safety, Social Innovation

A voice for children since 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy that champions Detroit youth. On February 12, 2019, the Foundation’s MBK Detroit Innovation Expo will showcase 21 new ideas to support youth of color. Six finalists will be awarded $50,000 each to launch their youth-serving programs.

Deadline(s): For new inquiries, 2 months prior to trustee meeting date

Board meeting date(s): March, June, Sept. and Dec.

Foundation Directory Profile

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