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Detroit-based Skillman Foundation is inviting proposals from out-of-school learning and development programs

July 9, 2018

The Detroit-based Skillman Foundation is inviting proposals from out-of-school learning and development programs focused on Detroit youth. Unlike the foundation's previous youth development RFPs, however, this RFP requires that nonprofit organizations applying for funding must do so in partnership with at least one other organization/entity.

Out‐of‐school programs provide youth the opportunity to build healthy relationships, learn beyond the classroom, and develop personally and professionally. Youth who frequently participate in afterschool activities are more likely to show greater levels of attention in class, be more engaged in school, and are less likely to develop an inclination for violent or problem behavior. Extracurricular activities also provide students with the facilities and time to pursue interests they may not be able to pursue at school.

As part of its strategy to increase out-of-school programming opportunities for Detroit children, the foundation seeks to support the development of a comprehensive youth development system that will:

  • Establish a citywide vision for youth development that addresses barriers to program participation and increases access to such programs;

  • Create a shared data system that serves to improve coordination, data collection, and outcomes;

  • Create preconditions for public investment by increasing program consistency; and

  • Reach 75 percent of Detroit youth with high-quality youth development and employment opportunities that prepare them, socially and emotionally, to graduate high school and become economically and civically engaged young adults.

To qualify for a grant, applicants must must combine their efforts with a partner organization and deliver year-round programming that take one of either two approaches:

1. Scale high-quality activities: A high-quality activity provider could partner with an institution to scale that activity across multiple sites in the city.

2. Deep youth engagement: Two or more providers or a provider and an institution with complimentary youth development and/or academic enrichment activities could partner to create a continuum of youth development programming for a set of youth who will participate consistently over the course of an academic year and summer.

Awardees are expected to provide services in Detroit, to Detroit youth. Interested organizations working outside of Detroit are welcome to apply when paired with a local organization.

Awards will range up to $200,000 for a one-year grant term.

Pre-applications are due by 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, July 23, 2018.  Contact us soon for grant development services - kcarter@grantmanagementassoc.com

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