2017 Innovation Challenge

Grants to USA YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs,
Camps, and JCCs to Assist Disadvantaged Groups

GrantWatch ID#: 181754
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

The Redwoods Group Foundation


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Grants of up to $25,000 to USA charitable groups and organizations, such as YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, camps, and Jewish Community Centers for innovative projects that provide assistance and support to disadvantaged populations. The following are suggested areas of focus:

- Going deeper to understand the root cause behind an issue, and moving your work further upstream to address the problem earlier.
- Engaging with partners in new collaborative efforts designed to create systemic change in an innovative way.
- Creating new models and strategies to drive at achieving equity in your community.
- Implementing new scaling strategies so that proven models can move toward systemic application.
- Any other way your organization is translating lessons learned from programs or strategies that help individuals beat the odds, and turning them into efforts to change the odds.

Too often, racial, economic, and geographic divisions in society influence outcomes and—for some—restrict opportunities. As just a few examples:

- Wages for the top 1% have grown 139% since 1979, while those for the bottom 90% have risen only 15%.
- 29% of 18- to 24-year-olds in rural areas are enrolled in college, compared with 47% of their urban peers.
- 1 in every 15 African American men and 1 in every 36 Hispanic men are incarcerated, in comparison to 1 in every 106 white men.
- 40% of the transgender community has attempted suicide, which is 9 times higher than the overall rate in the US.

The Redwoods Group is therefore looking for innovative ways your organization is working to take the term disadvantaged out of a disadvantaged part of your community.


Redwoods will award one $25,000 grand prize, and two $12,500 matching finalist prizes to innovative strategies focused on changing the odds.

The Innovation Challenge is open to Boys & Girls Clubs, Jewish Community Centers, Camps and YMCAs. Applicant organizations do not have to be a Redwoods customer, and customer status will not be a factor in the decision making process. Your proposal can be for an effort you’ve recently started, or for a new idea you believe can create this kind of change.

Grant applications accepted from August 1 to September 22. Until then, Redwoods encourages you to spend this time thinking deeply about your innovative ideas to change the odds in your community.

Applicants are encouraged to preview the application ahead of time using the online application link below. It is recommended to do this so you have time to think about each question.

Applicants may submit their contact information at the following link to receive a reminder when the application opens:

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

Online application link (opens August 1):

For questions about the grant application forms or process:

Robin Murchison, Grants Facilitator
Phone: 919-462-9723
Fax: 919-481-9723

For other questions about the Foundation:

Dan Baum, Executive Director
Phone: 919-469-7369

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