Projects That Empower Boys and Young Men of Color

Posted by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on April 17, 2017

RWJF Issues RFP for Projects That Empower Boys and Young Men of Color

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has issued a Request for Proposals for its 2017 Forward Promise: Empowerment Projects program, which aims to promote opportunities for boys and young men of color (BYMOC) to heal, grow, and thrive in the face of chronic stress and trauma.

Empowerment Projects seek to strengthen organizations that provide culturally relevant healing responses to trauma and can partner with youth-serving systems to advance new practices designed to prevent further traumatization. In doing so, it is important that the organizations use stories of BYMOC’s resilience and healing to promote and inform their work, and that boys and young men of color are themselves the ones telling those stories.

Awards will be made to U.S.-based organizations, not individuals. Preference will be given to applicants that are either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Programs that serve both young men and women will be considered but must indicate an explicit emphasis on improving outcomes for BYMOC. Preference will be given to organizations whose programs are made up of at least fifty percent male participants.

Up to nine awards will be made through the initiative. To ensure the initiative is accessible to a variety of organizations, awards will be made in two sizes: up to six grants of up to $450,000 per grantee, and up to three grants of up to $150,000 per grantee. Award size consideration will be determined by the applicant’s administrative and financial capacity. The grant term will be two years.

The foundation will host an optional applicant webinar on April 20, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. ET. Registration for the registration is required.

Brief proposals must be received no later than May 2, 2017. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by June 22, 2017.

See the RWJF website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

DEADLINE: MAY 2, 2017 (BRIEF PROPOSALS)–empowerment-projects.html

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