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Young Men of Color Grant (YMOC)

Grants to Detroit, Michigan Organizations to Meet
the Literacy & Other Needs of Young, At-Risk Boys

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Prevention Network

Deadline Date:

02/15/14 12:00 AM


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Grants of up to $1,000 (and occasionally up to $2,000) to Michigan local and grassroots organizations that are working to address the critical literacy needs of young men living and attending school in Detroit. The target population for proposed projects/activities includes African American and Latino boys, ages 11-18. Successful grant applications must include a clearly defined strategy to provide literacy enhancements for this population during non-school hours.

These grants are intended to address the literacy needs of young boys, provide them with a safe and academically stimulating environment, and reduce the likelihood that they will experience or participate in violence or criminal activity.

Grant requests to fund projects during school hours will only be considered with the following conditions:
1. The project is specifically aligned with the instructional program within the school;
2. The project is approved by the teacher whose class will be impacted and by the school principal;
3. The project model has a proven record of improving student literacy.

Grants will support reading, improved literacy activities and relate to the increase of graduation rates among the youth. This may include reading circles, book clubs, group tutoring and mentoring, data gathering, planning, creating materials, obtaining training, and other communal efforts and activities. Youth must be involved in such activity.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139409

Estimated Size of Grant:

Most grants will be capped at the $1,000 level; However, a limited number of larger grants, up to $2,000, will be available for schools with the capacity to reach larger numbers of students.

Term of Contract:

Projects supported with this grant must be completed within six months. It is expected that funded programs will occur between the hours of 3:00 to 6:00 PM.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Detroit local and grassroots organizations, not individuals.
- Applicant organizations need to be operating on a not-for-profit basis, but do not need to be incorporated or have tax-exempt status (501c3).
- Organizations receiving grants must be working within Detroit and in ways specific to a given community.
- Informal groups, and youth or adults may apply. They may be carrying out their first activity. They may assign themselves a name for the purpose of applying if they don’t have a previous identity.
- Organizations are eligible to receive grants even if they currently have a Community Connections or other grant handled by Prevention Network, or a grant directly from The Skillman Foundation.

- Government, elected, or political entities.
- An organization or business operating for profit.

Grants Will Not Support:
- Grants are not for individual service provision.
- Capital campaigns, endowment funds, fundraising, and purchase of land or buildings.
- Lobbying or political activity.
- Activity carried out for religious purposes.
- Activity that took place or began before the date a grant was awarded (around the 14th of the month), or for any costs incurred before the award date.
- The internal needs of an agency/organization or the supplanting of existing funds.
- Pay, benefits, or professional training for staff.
- Purchase of durable equipment (e.g. computer) or unusually expensive materials, supplies, or project equipment.
- Stipends given to reward participation.
- Costs of “recording” project activity.

Otherwise, grant funds may be used to cover a wide variety of costs that might be expected for any specific activity and are in proportion for the size of this grant.

This could include project materials and equipment, feeding participants, transportation, entrance fees, skilled service, venue fees, as well as the out-of-pocket expenses of volunteers involved in the project.

Pre-Application Information:

Policy on Technology:
Technology purchases will be approved on a case-by-case basis when there is a clearly articulated strategy of how the technology will be used to address low literacy rates of black and brown boys.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Ken Dail
Executive Director
517/393-6890, ext. 118

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