The envisions a fair and just Brooklyn, built on dignity and respect, where all residents have the opportunity to participate and prosper. To achieve this vision, the foundation places racial justice at the center of all it does and focuses on removing structural barriers that diminish opportunities and positive outcomes for young people, especially youth of color.
To that end, the foundation is accepting Letters of Interest for its Invest in Youth Grantmaking Program
The program supports Brooklyn-serving nonprofits that are working to enable the social and economic success of young people, ages 16-11, by expanding opportunities for their development and leadership, increasing educational and economic opportunities for court-involved youth, reducing school suspensions and youth arrests, and increasing access to resources and services that empower immigrant families.
To that end, the foundation will award grants of up to $50,000 in three areas of focus: Youth Development & Leadership, Youth Justice, and Immigrant Youth and Families.
1) Youth Development & Leadership: Through this program, the foundation supports community-based organizations that offer youth development and leadership programs in neighborhoods where quality programs are rare or nonexistent.
2) Youth Justice: The Youth Justice program supports organizations working to reduce the rate of school suspensions, providing young people with alternatives to arrest, and increasing educational and work opportunities for court-involved youth. The program supports both advocacy and direct services.
3) Immigrant Youth & Families: The Immigrant Youth & Families program provides support for organizations serving immigrant communities in Brooklyn, with a focus on those that provide legal and language services, advocacy and organizing, and leadership opportunities for new immigrants.
To be eligible, applicants must be a Brooklyn-based nonprofit organization with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt designation from the Internal Revenue Service.
Preference will be given to organizations that can demonstrate a track record of using a racial justice lens in their work — ensuring that they consider race in analyzing programs, looking for solutions and defining success; crafting solutions to problems by actively engaging young people and those most directly affected by the problems and building the capacity of emerging leaders in their organizations; working to include neglected communities such as homeless youth, LGBTQ youth, young women, young people in new immigrant communities, and youth in foster care in their work; trying and refining innovative approaches; and using advocacy and organizing work to support the issues of youth and their families.
LOIs must be received no later than July 6. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by September 7, 2018.
See the Brooklyn Community Foundation website for background information, a complete program description, eligibility criteria, and application instructions and timeline.