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Follow the Money: Funding and Legislative Opportunities on the Horizon to Serve Disconnected Youth
In distressed communities, large concentrations of disconnected youth lack access to resources that will help to get them back on track. This resource from CLASP (policy solutions that work for low-income people) discusses current and pending legislation that present opportunities to fund programs in communities to keep young people connected to school and recapture those who are not engaged in school or work.
Grants Encouraging Native Youth Projects
First Nations Development Institute: Native Youth and Culture Fund
The mission of First Nations Development Institute is to help Indigenous peoples, including American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians, to control their assets and build the capacity to direct their economic futures in ways that fit their cultures. First Nation’s Native Youth and Culture Fund provides grants of $5,000 to $20,000 for projects that incorporate culture and tradition to address issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, mental health, and other social issues. Funded projects should focus on one or more of the following priority areas: preserving cultural and/or spiritual practices, beliefs, and values; engaging both youth and elders in activities that demonstrate methods for documenting traditional knowledge, practices, and/or beliefs; increasing youth’s capacity to lead through integrated educational or mentoring programs; and increasing access to cultural customs and beliefs through the use of appropriate technologies as a means of preserving tribal language, arts, history, or other culturally relevant topics. Online letters of intent must be submitted by March 19, 2010. Visit the First Nations’ website to download the letter of intent guidelines.
Support for Family Programs in the U.S. and Canada
Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation
The Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in the United States and Canada that enhance the quality of life for children, families, and pets. The Foundation’s grant categories include children’s health and wellness, domestic pets, and literacy and education. Individual project grants as well as organization program grants are provided. Priority is given to organizations located near Build-A-Bear Workshop stores. Online applications may be submitted throughout 2010 beginning on March 2. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the funding guidelines for each of the grant categories.
Funds for University Student Support Programs
The Suder Foundation
The mission of the Suder Foundation is to dramatically improve the graduation rate of first-generation college-bound students by providing them with financial, academic, emotional, and social assistance at selected state universities throughout the United States. The Foundation accomplishes its mission by partnering with four-year public universities to implement its Suder Scholars Program, which provides holistic support for first generation students in on-campus Scholar Development Sites. The Foundation is expanding its network and will add two University Partners as new sites during 2010. This Request for Proposals (RFP) is open to public four-year institutions of higher education in the United States. Ideal grantees have enrollments between 10,000 and 25,000 undergraduate students with a sizeable residential population. The application deadline is April 15, 2010. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the RFP.
Support for Youth Programs in New England
Boston Bruins Foundation
The mission of the Boston Bruins Foundation is to assist nonprofit organizations that demonstrate a strong commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children throughout New England. The Foundation concentrates its grantmaking on the following four areas: The Athletic category focuses on nonprofit youth sports organizations. The Academic category supports programs that provide homework assistance and a safe learning environment to develop social and learning skills for pre-school, primary, and middle school children. The Health category addresses research, healthcare, and prevention issues. The Community Outreach category enhances organizations that are working with at-risk youth, including after-school activities. The application deadline is April 1, 2010. Visit the Bruin’s website to download the application form.
Solicitation Released for Second Chance Act Mentoring Grants to Nonprofit Organizations
On January 19, 2010, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S. Department of Justice, released the solicitation for Second Chance Act mentoring grants to nonprofit organizations (Section 211). Funding under this section is available to help nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes implement mentoring projects to promote the safe and successful reintegration into the community of adults who have been incarcerated. Click here to download the solicitation. The deadline for applications is 8:00 p.m. ET on March 18, 2010. Inquiries about the solicitation should be directed to Dr. Gary Dennis, Senior Policy advisor, Bureau of Justice Assistance, at 202-305-9059 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice, will release a solicitation for mentoring grants targeting juveniles returning from correctional facilities later this spring.
Click here to learn more about the Second Chance Act.
Awards Celebrate Innovative Community Collaborations
MetLife Foundation: Community-Police Partnership Awards
The Community-Police Partnership Awards, sponsored by the MetLife Foundation and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), recognize innovative partnerships between community groups and police to promote neighborhood safety and revitalization. Six Neighborhood Revitalization Awards, ranging from $15,000 to $25,000, will celebrate exemplary collaboration between community groups and police that yield crime reduction as well as economic development outcomes such as real estate development, business attraction, and job growth. Five Special Strategy Awards of $15,000 each will recognize exemplary collaboration between community and police partners who have achieved significant public safety outcomes in six specific categories. The preliminary application deadline is February 26, 2010. Program details are available on the LISC website.
GrantStation is an interactive website that allows grantseekers to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects, and mentors them through the grantseeking process. GrantStation provides access to a searchable database of grantmakers who are actively accepting inquiries and proposals from a variety of organizations; federal grant deadlines, which are updated twice a week; links to state funding agencies; and a growing database of international grantmakers.
The cost is $189 for a Quarterly Membership, or $599 for an Annual Membership.
The Winter 2009 issue of Insight is the culmination of a major initiative on children of incarcerated parents, which GCYF implemented and The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Inc. supported, in 2008. This issue provides a synthesis of the information from three 2008 learning summits and documents the experiences of nine foundations that have varying levels of investment in work on children of the incarcerated.
Read the Winter 2009 issue of Insight
Criminal Justice Funding Report
Criminal Justice Initiative
Fund for Nonviolence
Public Welfare Foundation
A.J. Muste Memorial Institute
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Open Society Institute and Soros Foundation Network
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