The Brooklyn Community Foundation envisions a fair and just Brooklyn built on dignity and respect and where all residents have the opportunity to participate and prosper. To achieve this vision, the foundation places racial justice at the center of all it does and focuses on removing structural barriers that diminish opportunities and positive outcomes for young people, especially youth of color.
To that end, the foundation is accepting Letters of Interest for its Invest in Youth Grantmaking Program
The program supports Brooklyn-serving nonprofit organizations that are working to enable the social and economic success of young people, ages 16-24, by expanding opportunities for positive youth development and leadership, increasing educational and economic opportunities for court-involved youth, reducing school suspensions and youth arrests, and increasing access to resources and services that empower immigrant families.
Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded in three areas of focus: Youth Development & Leadership, Youth Justice, and Immigrant Youth and Families.
1) Youth Development & Leadership: Through this program, the foundation supports community-based organizations that offer youth development and leadership programs in neighborhoods where quality programs are rare or nonexistent.
2) Youth Justice: This program supports organizations addressing school suspensions, providing young people with alternatives to arrest, and increasing educational and work opportunities for court-involved youth. The program supports both advocacy and direct services.
3) Immigrant Youth & Families: This program provides support for organizations serving immigrant communities in Brooklyn, with a focus on those that provide legal and language services, advocacy and organizing, and leadership opportunities for new immigrants.
To be eligible, applicants must be Brooklyn-based nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt designation from the Internal Revenue Service.
Preference will be given to organizations that can demonstrate a track record of using a racial justice lens in their work and can ensure that they consider race in the way they analyze programs, look for solutions, and define success; craft solutions to problems by actively engaging young people and those most directly affected by the problems and by building the capacity of emerging leaders in their organizations; work to include neglected communities such as homeless youth, LGBTQ youth, young women, young people in new immigrant communities, and youth in foster care, in their work; try and refine innovative approaches; and use advocacy and organizing work to support the issues of youth and their families.
LOIs must be received no later than July 7, 2017. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by September 6, 2017.
See the Brooklyn Community Foundation website for a complete description, eligibility criteria, process and timeline milestones, and dates and times for information sessions, and an FAQ.