Private Funder: Ruddie Memorial Youth Foundation; Opportunity: 2017 Innovative Youth grants; Funding Focus: Youth; Geographic Focus: Regional (Baltimore, Boston, Los Angeles, Madison (WI), Philadelphia, San Francisco or Washington, DC); Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Up to $25,000 each; Deadline: April 30 (competition opens in March).
Summary: The next round is to open early in 2016. Awards go for innovative strategies to help underserved youth. The RMYF aims to identify innovative practices for helping underprivileged youth. In the past, funded programs have ranged from credit union savings projects and intensive tutoring programs, to afterschool day care and art programs, to health workshops. Projects must directly serve youth.
When applying for these grants, outside-the-box thinking really helps. For example, the Mind Body Awareness Project, Oakland, CA, won a grant for a meditation program for at-risk youth. These grants differ from the foundation’s evaluation grants, which run on a separate timetable.