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

Invest in Youth Grant Program

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Brooklyn Community Foundation

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Deadline Date:

07/01/22 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 those from BIPOC communities, 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. 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.

In reviewing proposals, preference will be given to organizations that:

  • Use a racial justice lens in their work. Organizations consider inequities based on race and their impact in designing programs, looking for solutions and defining success.
  • Acknowledge intersecting oppressions. Organizations understand how multiple oppressions impact one another and the lives of the people with whom they work.
  • Work on the frontlines of issues. Organizations that are grassroots and doing work at the community level.
  • Have budgets under $2,000,000 (in one of the past two fiscal years) that meet the funding criteria.
    • Organizations with budgets of over $2,000,000 (in the last fiscal year) will also be considered 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.). This may include but is not limited to:
    • Legislative and institutional advocacy to address unjust policies that disproportionately impact young people from historically/currently disenfranchised and under-resourced communities. This may look like advocating for new bills at the state level and/or change to existing policies within city agencies
    • Base building and coalition building that increases power through organizing campaigns and building a broad and diverse base of stakeholders and partners. The organization is part of a coalition or alliance with strategic objectives to achieve short-term and long-term goals.

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.

Organizations without 501(c)(3) status will have to apply under the auspices of an authorized fiscal agent serving as your fiscal sponsor. A fiscal sponsor is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that extends its nonprofit status to a group project that does not have its own tax-exempt status. Grants are made to the fiscal sponsor, who in turn provides the grant funds to the group. The group that is sponsored usually pays a fee to the sponsor for its services.

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:

Invest in Youth RFP Application Clinic

Brooklyn Community Foundation is hosting this webinar to support eligible nonprofits submitting an LOI in response to the Invest in Youth RFP.

Mar 24, 2022 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Pre-Application Information:

Process and Timeline
- Monday, 3/14/22: Invest in Youth Grant Guidelines Released
- Thursday, 3/24/22, 3PM: Informational Webinar & Application Clinic
- Friday, 4/29/22, 5PM: Deadline for organizations to submit LOI
- Monday, 6/10/22: Notifications sent to organizations, invited to submit a full proposal
- Friday, 7/01/22, 5PM: Deadline for invited organization to submit an online full proposal
- Mid-July to August: Site visits with selected organizations
- October: 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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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City: Brooklyn;   New York

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