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Invest in Youth Grant Program

Grants to New York City Nonprofits in Eligible Locations to
Promote Youth Development, Justice, and Leadership

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Brooklyn Community Foundation

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Deadline Date:

08/20/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $45,000 to New York City nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for programs that benefit youth, particularly young people of color, between the ages 16 and 24. 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. Priority will be given to nonprofits that are led by members of affected communities in order to center the voices of those directly impacted by structural racism. Applicants must serve residents of Brooklyn.

Among other considerations, the Foundation funds organizations 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.
  • Youth Justice: The Foundation support both advocacy and direct-service organizations that address the far-reaching effects of young people’s encounters with the criminal legal system. It 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. It focuses on investing in political education and coalition building, legal and language services, and institutional and legislative change.

All non-Brooklyn-based organizations must apply for program support for their relevant Brooklyn-based work. Grant awards will prioritize groups that center the power and leadership of people from the following neighborhoods: Bedford Stuyvesant, Brownsville, Bushwick, Coney Island, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, East New York, Flatbush, and Sunset Park.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 157423

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $45,000 per year

Term of Contract:

The Invest in Youth Initiative provides multi-year, general operating support for up to three years.

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.
- Have a minimum annual budget of $100,000 or submit an application to work in partnership with an organization that does. Grant awards will not exceed 20% of the applying organization’s annual budget.
- Have an office or a regular physical presence in Brooklyn; and serve the people of Brooklyn
- Address one or more of the Invest In Youth initiative’s three areas of focus in their mission and primary activities.

Please note that the Foundation does not fund the following:
- Individuals
- Capital campaigns
- Schools (public, private, or charter)
- Organizations with an operating budget under $100,000.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Brooklyn Community Foundation-Invest In Youth Application Clinic

This clinic will provide an overview of the application process and give organizations a chance to ask questions about the process.

Jun 10, 2021 03:00 PM in Eastern Time

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Pre-Application Information:

Process and Timeline
- Friday, May 28th: Invest in Youth Grant Guidelines Released
- Thursday, June 10th, 3-4PM: Informational Webinar & Application Clinic.
- Friday, July 9th at 5PM: Deadline for organizations to submit LOI
- Monday, July 26th: Notifications sent to organizations invited to submit a full proposal
- August 20th at 5PM: Deadline for invited organizations to submit an online full proposal
- Mid-September to late October: Site visits with selected organizations
- Early November: Award decisions announced

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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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