Published On: Mon, Jun 1st, 2015

Brooklyn Community Foundation Invites LOIs for Youth Success Programs

Deadline: 30 June 2015

The Brooklyn Community Foundation is currently inviting LOIs from youths aged between 16 and 24 for its Invest in Youth Grantmaking Program to serve their communities and develop leadership skills.

The program supports Brooklyn-serving nonprofit organizations that are working to enable the social and economic success of young people between the ages of 16 and 24 by expanding opportunities for positive youth 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.

Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded in three areas of focus mentioned below.

Focus Areas

  1. Youth Development & Leadership
  2. Youth Justice
  3. Immigrant Youth and Families


  • June 30, 2015: Deadline for organizations to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI)
  • August 14, 2015: Notifications sent to organizations invited to submit full proposals through Online Application process.
  • October 1, 2015: Deadline for invited organizations to submit the Online Applications.
  • October 1 – October 30, 2015: Site visits may be conducted to select groups.
  • November 17, 2015: Award decisions announced.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply, an organization must:

  • Be incorporated as a nonprofit organization or be working under the auspices of an authorized fiscal agent;
  • Serve or benefit Brooklyn residents;
  • Have an office or a regular physical presence in Brooklyn;
  • Address one or more of three areas of focus (mentioned above) in their mission and primary activities.
  • 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; Using advocacy and organizing work to support the issues of youth and their families.

Application Process

  • The Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and support materials (asPDFs) should be sent via email.
  • Include Invest in Youth_LOI [Organisation Name] in the email subject.
  • Support Materials include-
    • Operational budget (revenue and expense) for most recent fiscal year
    • List of board members (directors or advisory) with affiliations
    • List of relevant staff and brief bios (100 word max)

For more information, please visit Brooklyn Foundation.

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