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Invest in Youth Grant Program

Grants to Brooklyn, New York Nonprofits to Promote
Youth Development, Justice, and Leadership

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Foundation / Corporation

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Brooklyn Community Foundation

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Deadline Date:

08/30/19 5:00 PM; Returning applicants must submit a Full Proposal by 06/28/2019.


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Brooklyn, New York nonprofit organizations for programs that benefit youth, particularly young people of color, between the ages 16 and 24. New applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Programs must align with the following three areas of focus: youth development and leadership, youth justice and immigrant youth.

Invest in Youth grant program is aimed at tackling significant structural barriers to opportunities and success for 16- to 24-year-olds, particularly young people of color who live at the intersections of multiple oppressions.

The grant program emphasizes transformative youth development and leadership, with a focus on historically under-resourced neighborhoods and immigrant communities. The Foundation also helps build and support new programs and services directed at diverting young people from the criminal justice system and providing them with economic and educational opportunities.

Organizations are funded in the following three areas of focus:

Youth Development & Leadership: The Foundation supports community-based organizations that offer transformational programming to youth. These programs position youth as long-term leaders in their communities and give them the tools to challenge institutional barriers that limit opportunities and potential. The Foundation focuses on investments in neighborhoods where quality programs are rare or non-existent.

Youth Justice: The Foundation supports both advocacy and direct-service organizations that address the far-reaching effects of young people’s encounters with the criminal justice system, transforming these encounters into authentic opportunities for growth and development. The Foundation focuses on investing in school discipline reforms, alternatives to arrest, and educational and workforce programs for court-involved youth.

Immigrant Youth: The Foundation supports organizations that help immigrant youth in Brooklyn build their capacity to be bold leaders to advocate for themselves and organize for change in their communities. The Foundation focuses on investing in political education and coalition building, legal and language services, and policy change.

The Foundation believes in providing long-term investment and support to organizations that are doing transformative work with young people in Brooklyn, particularly groups that have been under-resourced by traditional channels of philanthropy.

In addition to general operating support, the Foundation provides capacity building support in the following areas: racial justice, fundraising, strategic communications, board development, executive transition, financial management, advocacy, direct action, community organization, and leadership development.

For more information on the Foundation's priority considerations, see the "URL for Full Text" link below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 157423

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Invest in Youth grant program provides multi-year general operating support grants of $50,000 (or less depending on the needs of the organization).

Term of Contract:

The Invest in Youth Program provides an initial one-year exploratory grant to new grantees and then multi-year funding for up to three years of support if there is strong alignment and completion of the work in the first year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply, an organization must:

- Be incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization or be working under the auspices of an authorized fiscal sponsor;
- Serve or benefit Brooklyn youth and residents;
- Have an office or a regular physical presence in Brooklyn; and
- Address one or more of Brooklyn Community Foundation’s three areas of focus in their mission and primary activities.

The Foundation prioritizes supporting organizations with budgets under $2,000,000 (last fiscal year) that meet the funding criteria of Invest in Youth.

The Foundation will also consider organizations with budgets of over $2,000,000 (last fiscal year) if your work includes efforts that push forward policy and systems level change that significantly shifts one or more elements of a system (e.g., criminal justice, education, immigration, etc.)

For more information on budgets, see the "URL for Full Text" link below.

Ineligible Funding:

- Individuals
- Capital campaigns
- Schools (public, private, or charter)
- Organizations with an operating budget under $100,000.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are invited to an informational webinar and application clinic on Friday, May 31, 2019 from 12-1 PM.

The Programs team at Brooklyn Community Foundation will share more information on the Invest in Youth grant program, funding criteria, priority considerations, and tips as you put together your letter of inquiry.


Pre-Application Information:

This timeline is for organizations who are not current grantees within the Invest in Youth Grant Program. If you are a 2018-19 Invest in Youth grantee, please follow the alternate timeline for Current Grantees.

- Monday, May 13, 2019: Invest in Youth grant guidelines released
- Friday, May 31, 2019 from 12-10PM: Informational webinar & application clinic. RSVP here.
- Friday, June 28, 2019 at 5PM: Deadline for organizations to submit an online Letter of Inquiry (LOI)
- Thursday, July 18, 2019: Notifications sent to organizations invited to submit a full proposal
- Friday, August 30, 2019 at 5PM: Deadline for invited organizations to submit an online full proposal
- Mid-to-late September 2019: Site visits with selected organizations
- November 2019: Award decisions announced

Process and Timeline - Returning Grantees

- Monday, May 20, 2019: Full Proposal link opens online for returning grantees. Link will be shared directly with grantees.
- Friday, June 28, 2019 at 5PM: Deadline for returning grantees to submit full proposal
- August 2019: Site visits with selected organizations
- November 2019: Award decisions announced

Contact Information:

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

Letter of Inquiry Online Submission Form:

For general inquiries about the program, contact the Foundation at

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