General Operating Grants – Request for Proposals
General Operating grants provide funding to Minnesota based youth-serving non-profit organizations. The funding is focused on providing support for mission-related core functions that enhance organizational or programmatic operations.
Non-profit organizations are increasingly asked to do more to support the myriad of needs of youth in our communities. While projects and programs are developed and supported to respond to the needs of youth, oftentimes the operational needs of the non-profits are not prioritized or supported to the same degree as projects and programs.
This year Youthprise has decided to dedicate $500,000 to youth-serving non-profits in Minnesota to award small general operating grants that will focus on operational needs not supported by project or program funding.
Youthprise believes in investing in well-managed organizations that are led by the communities they serve and that center youth in decision-making. Further, in alignment with our mission, Youthprise values organizations that are committed to dismantling structures of oppression that hinder the ability of youth to lead healthy and vibrant lives.
Best positioned organizations for general operating support will have a track record for managing operations effectively, efficiently, and producing positive outcomes for youth that increases equity with and for youth in the areas of Learning & Leadership, Economic Opportunity, and Health and Safety. You can read more about our approach here.
- $500,000 is available for funding in 2021;
- We expect to award 20 to 30 one-year grants that will range in size from $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000;
- Funding can begin as early as 12-1-21 and as late as 1-1-22. However, funding must be completed by 12-31-22;
- Funding cannot be used for capital campaigns;
- Award notifications will be delivered the week of 11-26-21;
- Eligible applicants are nonprofit youth-serving organizations that are organized and operated for charitable purposes and recognized by the IRS as tax-exempt public charities under Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
- The deadline for the submission of the RFP will be 11:59 PM on 10-8-21.
Youthprise values community wisdom and youth voice in our grantmaking decision-making process. To that end, we are intentional in engaging youth and community to help us select our grantees. Fully completed applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed by one or more panels of grant reviewers consisting of diverse community members and youth. Applications recommended for funding by reviewers will be reviewed by the Youthprise Board of Directors at their November meeting for final funding decision-making.
For more information, contact My Bui at firstname.lastname@example.org.