Through a broad set of investments collectively called Forward Promise, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation works to expand and promote the health and well-being of boys and young men of color (BYMOC). The Forward Promise national program office was launched in 2016 with the specific goal of helping BYMOC heal, grow, and thrive by investing in direct service programs and policy reform efforts that address racialized trauma as a root cause of negative health outcomes among BYMOC and in the communities where they live.
Forward Promise currently is accepting applications for its Partnering with Systems to Disrupt Dehumanization program. Through the program, grants of up to $150,000 over eighteen months will be awarded to up to seven organizations and their youth-serving partners in support of efforts to increase understanding of issues faced by BYMOC in these systems and the historical role of dehumanization by these systems; uplift the current disparities that exist in the public system; deepen knowledge of culturally responsive approaches as effective strategies for addressing trauma and promoting healing; devise a plan for working together to test approaches; and identify sustainable opportunities to change the way these systems do business and approach their work with BYMOC.
Awards will be made in support of the planning, implementation, and evaluation of partnerships efforts between community-based organizations and youth-serving juvenile justice, child welfare, education, housing, and health provision system within their communities.
The program supports existing partnerships at varying stages of development. Newer partnerships should focus their efforts on strengthening and formalizing the partnerships, while more mature ones are encouraged to pilot and evaluate new approaches to better serve BYMOC.
An optional applicant webinar for this opportunity will be held May 22. (Registration required.)
Preference will be given to applicants that are either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Organizations must be based in the United States or one of its territories.
See the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and/or to register for the applicant webinar.