African Immigrant Youth Career Development Grant Program
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Grant Program Overview
Youthprise envisions a Minnesota where outcomes for youth are no longer predictable by race, geography, or socioeconomic status. In commitment to our vision, we have partnered with Ka Joog, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)*, and young people to design and host the newly expanded African Immigrant Youth Career Development Grant Program. Funds for this project are appropriated from the 2023 Minnesota Legislature.
Minnesota is home to a large and growing African population with many concentrated communities spread throughout the state. These communities have greatly contributed to the cultural and economic fabric of Minnesota, and yet, many face barriers that make it difficult to achieve economic prosperity. The African Immigrant Youth Development Grant Program will partner with and invest in nonprofit and community-based organizations, through reimbursement-based grants, that have demonstrated experience offering culturally relevant programming to African youth.
Through focus groups with African Youth and Youthprise staff, we have identified the following grant program priorities. We are seeking proposals that address the diverse needs of African youth, knowing that African youth are not a monolith. African youth are multidimensional and are looking for programming that meets their emotional, mental, and physical needs. They want programming that is culturally relevant and youth-led. As you are shaping your grant proposals, please consider the following priorities:
As you craft your proposals and budgets, we encourage you to include youth wages, fringe benefits, and wrap-around services in your proposal budgets. Wrap-around services might include:
• Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3)* youth, community-based, and economic development organizations, as well as local units of government and public school districts.
• Organizations must be located in Minnesota and serving populations within Minnesota.
• Organizations must have a demonstrated history of serving African* youth (up to age 24) or communities.
*Eligible applicants also include organizations described above that have a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor in lieu of a 501(c)(3).
*For the purposes of these funds, we are defining “African Immigrant” as populations who have recently moved from the continent of Africa.
In compliance with the grant terms, grantees are required to report in the following ways:
• Quarterly Data & Narrative Progress Reports
• Monthly Reimbursement Payment Requests (RPRs). (This is a reimbursement-based grant.)
• A Desk Review facilitated by Youthprise
• A Site Visit facilitated by Youthprise
• A Developmental Relationships Survey. (This is a 20-minute survey taken by the young people enrolled in your program and administered via computer or cell phone once during the grant period.)
• Organizations with operating budgets greater than $750,000 can request up to $75,000 for their project or program (Large Organizations).
• Organizations with operating budgets of $750,000 or less can request up to $35,000 for their project or program (Small Organizations).
• We anticipate making about 30 grant awards, with 5 projected for large organizations and 25 projected for small organizations. This number is subject to change based on the requests received.
Here is our anticipated timeline for this grant program.
|Community Grant Review Process
|Committee & Board Approval Process
|March - April
*We will make every effort to adhere to the timeline as presented and will leave space for flexibility as needed.
To apply, complete an application via our grant portal. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM on 1/30/2024*
*Please note that we do not have 24-7 support available, and Youthprise will be closed from December 22, 2023 - January 7, 2024. To avoid any complications, please ensure you allow enough time to create an account (if a new user) and submit your application before the deadline.
Contact Program & Grants Manager Abby Wellan at firstname.lastname@example.org
*The State of Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) funded (in whole or in part) this workforce development product (training, event, curricula, etc.) through a grant. The grant recipient created this product. DEED does not endorse this product or make guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, regarding the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership of the information herein or elsewhere.