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Youth Service Improvement Grant (YSIG)

Grants to New York City Nonprofits to Improve
Existing Youth Services and Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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William T. Grant Foundation

Deadline Date:

03/07/19 3:00 PM EST


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Grants of $25,000 to New York community-based organizations for programs and services that benefit youth (ages 5 to 25 years old) in the five boroughs of New York City. Funding is specifically intended to help strengthen existing youth programs and services by addressing issues or problems at the point of service, where staff and youth interact.

The YSIG program is unique in that it urges applicants not only to discuss their organization’s promise and potential, but to identify gaps or challenges in the services they provide. The program asks applicants to be critical and reflective, to consider why and how complications exist, and to articulate how they intend to improve the ability of their programming to provide positive impact for youth.

Applicants should describe their organization’s mission and the specific current youth programming that they propose to improve. Strong proposals will make the case that the quality of youth services would improve if the issue were resolved, and will clearly describe a feasible, sustainable, and appropriate improvement. Examples of problem areas for improvement include: inadequate curriculum, gaps in the service skills of frontline staff, or a limitation in current services that negatively affects participants’ experiences.

Priority will be given to organizations that:
1) provide direct services to youth in the ten community districts identified as having the highest risk to child well-being by the Citizens’ Committee for Children,
2) have existing programming tailored specifically to Mexican descent or LGBTQ youth, or
3) are led by people of color or LGBTQ individuals.

Through these grantmaking priorities, it is hoped that YSIG will facilitate service improvements that enhance youth development and well-being for those youth with the greatest needs.

In addition to providing grant support, the Foundation will secure technical assistance to assist grantees in successfully implementing their improvement plans. The consultant will organize a learning community where grantees can discuss challenges, seek advice from peers and colleagues, and collaborate across projects.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174510

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards are $25,000 each. Although the Foundation is prepared to fully fund projects of $25,000, it is also willing to co-fund larger improvement efforts with other funders.

Term of Contract:

The improvement activities must be implemented within the one-year grant period, which begins on September 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for consideration, applying organizations must:

- Have their own 501(c)(3) tax-exemption. If an applying organization is separately incorporated but tax-exempt through a group ruling, the applicant should supply the 501(c)(3) letter of the parent organization and documentation that it is part of the group. In this case, only the applying organization’s budget will be considered under the YSIG eligibility guidelines. If the applying organization is a sub-unit of the parent organization and is not separately incorporated, the parent organization’s budget will be considered under the eligibility guidelines.
- Have an operating budget between $1 million and $5 million, if the organization serves youth only. If the applying organization serves youth and other populations, its operating budget must be less than $20 million and its youth services budget must be between $1 million and $5 million.
- Be a community-based organization (CBO) that provides youth services in any of the five boroughs of New York City.
- Serve youth ages 5 to 25. At least 80 percent of youth participating in the services targeted for improvement must be in this age range.
- Serve youth directly; applicant staff must have direct contact with youth at the point of service.

The YSIG program only supports improvement activities. The following activities are not supported:

- General operations.
- Planning, needs assessment, and evaluation proposals.
- Organizational improvement activities not focused on changes at the point-of-service, such as board development or financial system updates.
- Building campaigns, scholarships, endowments, lobbying, or awards to individuals.
- Expansions or additions to programming, including changes that simply increase the number of slots in a program or result in new programming. As such, all proposed budgetary items must be directly related to the proposed improvement.
- Public and private schools.

Pre-Application Information:

The online application will be open on January 3, 2019. Proposals are due by March 7, 2019 (3:00 p.m. Eastern Time), for decisions in September 2019.

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

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Questions regarding the Youth Service Improvement Grants program may be sent to Sharon Brewster:

General Contact Information:
60 East 42nd Street
43rd Floor
New York, NY 10165

T 212.752.0071
F 212.752.1398

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City: All Five Boroughs of New York City;   New York