The mission of the JAMS Foundation is to provide financial assistance for conflict resolution initiatives with national and international impact and to share its dispute resolution experience and expertise for the benefit of the public.
To help advance this mission, the foundation, in partnership with the Association for Conflict Resolution, has issued a request for proposal ideas for the 2021 funding cycle of the ACR/JAMS Foundation Initiative for Students and Youth.
The initiative seeks to support conflict resolution education and training (CRE) for pre-K-12 students and youth. Grants may support both pre-K-12 youth as well as adults working with these populations in ways that directly transfer CRE skills to youth populations. Projects may take place in community, schools, alternative education settings (online education, charter schools, afterschool programs), government sites (juvenile justice facilities, courts), and NGO settings. While some proposals may be able to secure and guarantee access to or cooperation from traditional K-12 school districts/schools, this funding opportunity is intended to provide potential financial support for CRE work in other contexts as well.
In light of the pandemic, the focus of the 2021 funding cycle is on projects that will help increase participants' feelings of safety and empowerment by utilizing young people as teachers and promoters of conflict resolution skills that create and enhance their ability to express their voices in one of the following settings: foster care, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and youth correctional facilities
Priority will be given to projects in which youth play a substantive role in the delivery of conflict resolution training, education, or services; develop leadership skills by getting themselves and other young people involved in helping themselves; partnerships between foster care agencies, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, or youth correctional facilities are developed and implemented; and creative means of documenting and demonstrating the project are used to inspire other organizations to replicate the project.
Grants of up to $40,000 will be awarded in the first year of a potential two-year funding cycle. Funding requests for the second year may be for no more than $20,000.
One- to three-page initial project ideas are due January 11, 2021. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by May 21, 2021.
Eligible organizations include those designated as tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, educational institutions, and public agencies working in conjunction with nonprofit educational institutions or organizations.
See the JAMS Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.