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MBSK (My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper) Youth Development Grant

Grants to Florida Nonprofits for Programs
to Improve the Lives of At-Risk Youth and Children

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City of St. Petersburg Office of the Mayor, Department of Education

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Deadline Date:

06/30/20 5:00 PM EDT


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Grants of up to $25,000 to Florida nonprofit organizations for programs and projects to improve the lives of at-risk youth and children in eligible communities. Applicants must attend an information session prior to applying. Eligible proposals may include one-time events, regular events, and ongoing programs. Funding is intended for programs that benefit youth in the City of St. Petersburg.

The purpose of the Youth Program Development Grant is to provide support and build the capacity of non-profit organizations engaged in projects/programs that seek to improve the lives of at-risk children and youth within the municipal boundaries of the City of St. Petersburg.The grant is designed to offer funding to non-profit organizations, in good standing, which have developed specific projects/programs to address the following areas of concern:

  • Entering school ready to learn.
  • Reading at grade level by third grade.
  • Graduating from high school ready for life, college, and career.
  • Accessing and completing career-relevant training.
  • Participating in enrichment that addresses the health and well-being of the child.

The targeted population of the project/program must be youth who are less likely to successfully transition into adulthood and achieve economic self-sufficiency or academic success.  

To be considered for funding a project and/or a program:

  1. Be a pre-existing program or project that targets at-risk children and youth or be part of a program that will be expanded to serve at-risk children and youth.  
  2. Have a written mission statement that sets forth goals that are measurable, aligned with the mission statement, and directed to achieve sustainability.
  3. Have an evaluation system that collects feedback from family, staff, and volunteers to measure success against written goals at the beginning and at the end of the project or program.
  4. Include an itemized budget for funds requested that reflects sound fiscal and business practices that ensures continued and sustained program operations.
  5. Offer developmentally appropriate activities that reflect the mission and goals of the program.
  6. Provide a variety of indoor and outdoor activities for children and youth to choose from, which provide social, recreational, and educational opportunities.
  7. Have written policies and procedures to ensure the safety of children and youth, including additional staff if necessary, and complies with all legal requirements where necessary.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185746

Estimated Size of Grant:

The funds will be available in the minimum amount of $1,500 up to the maximum amount of $25,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This program will provide funds to non-profit organizations providing direct services to youth within the municipal boundaries of the City of St. Petersburg.

What features are fatal to an application’s eligibility?

1. Organization is not in compliance with 501(c)(3) requirements.
2. Organization has an annual operating budget of more than $300,000.
3. Organizations does not have a history of operation for a period of at least one year.
4. Programs that require greater than 10% administrative fees for operation.
5. Programs that require greater than 50% program staff fees for operation.
6. Any organization which owes monies to the City of St. Petersburg.
7. Any organization that previously contracted with the City and failed to successfully complete the projects and/or programs required by the contract will not be eligible to receive funding.
8. Any organizations which is not in compliance with a current City contract is not eligible for funding.
9. If the application is not complete on the date the application is due.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Mandatory Information Sessions

Applicants must attend one of the two mandatory in-person Q&A Information Sessions below:

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - POSTPONED
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Enoch D. Davis Center
1111 18th Ave. South
St. Petersburg, FL 33705

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - POSTPONED
6:30 - 8:00 pm
St. Petersburg Main Library - Auditorium
3745 9th Ave. North
St. Petersburg, FL 33713

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Meeting ID: 727 893 7174#
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Thursday, May 21, 2020
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Meeting ID: 727 893 7174#
Meeting Link:

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Meeting ID: Meeting ID: 964 8735 9509
Meeting Link:

Information sessions webpage:

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be COMPLETED NO LATER than 5:00 PM, Tuesday, June 30, 2020.


*Award recommendations and notifications dates may change depending on the number of applicants

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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? Contact:
Leah McRae, Esq.
Director of Education
Office of the Mayor Rick Kriseman, City of St. Petersburg

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USA: Florida: City of St. Petersburg

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