YMI Community Rapid Crisis Response Initiative

The Community Rapid Crisis
Response Initiative

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The Community Rapid Crisis Response Initiative will support youth-serving nonprofits and community-based organizations in continuing their work in engaging youth and young adults and leading relief efforts in communities during the COVID-19 crisis. Organizations across the city are on the front lines of providing relief in a multitude of ways. Youth can play an important role in community-based relief efforts and through this opportunity their participation should be integrated. The Young Men’s Initiative (YMI), in partnership with the New York City Department of Probation's Neighborhood Opportunity Networks (NeON), seeks to provide support to the following YMI priority neighborhoods: Brownsville, Harlem, Bedford Stuyvesant, East New York, North Shore Staten Island, Bronx and Southeast Queens. YMI in partnership with DOP will accept, review, and consider applications from all neighborhoods within the five boroughs that demonstrate a commitment to supporting the communities identified above and the ability to collaborate with existing community efforts.

This initiative will provide youth-serving organizations with funding of up to $10,000 to support stipends for youth and young adults (ages 14-24 years) in their response efforts.

Requirements & Priorities

The Community Rapid Crisis Response Initiative is open to all community-serving organizations and nonprofits, but preference will be given to those that demonstrate a commitment to supporting individuals within the priority communities. This funding also prioritizes smaller, grassroots organizations in areas of the city lacking support from city agencies and/or other support networks.

In order to be eligible to apply, an organization must:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or have a fiscal sponsor;
  • Use funding exclusively to support NYC-based community support;
  • Currently be leading community efforts in response to COVID-19 and are actively leveraging community and city resources to support the effort;
  • Proven track record engaging youth to serve their communities; and
  • Use funding to support only one community.

Preference will be given to the organizations that:

  • Are community-based;
  • Serve YMI priority communities (Brownsville, Harlem, Bedford Stuyvesant, East New York, North Shore Staten Island, Bronx and Southeast Queens);
  • Serve youth ages 14-24 years; and
  • Demonstrate the greatest need and impact, relative to the scale.

Other Funding Details

Applicants may request one-time funding for up to $10,000 which must be used by June 30, 2020. A successful application will demonstrate that funding will be used to support needs exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis.

Funding recipients may propose funds to be used in other ways, as long as the request supports communities of color in NYC efforts during the crisis.

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Funds May be Used for:

  • Itemized general operating cost, limited to 25% of funding total
  • Youth incentives (e.g. travel costs via metro card, gift cards, stipends)
  • Student supports (e.g. books, school supplies)
  • Leverage existing work (e.g. healing work through arts and cultural forums, distribution of resources and providing services)
  • Online platforms: Costs associated with remote operations, e.g., online platform subscription fees, software purchases
  • Supplies (e.g. personal protection equipment) and/or food for community members
  • Temporary employees or consultants to help build capacity
  • Volunteer background checks and recruitment
  • Community outreach or outreach materials

Funds May Not be Used for:

  • General operation cost over 25% of the proposed budget. This includes office furniture/equipment, costs (e.g. rent, insurance, and/or utilities), and general administration fees
  • Student or youth technology (e.g. laptop, iPad, phones)
  • Multiple borough efforts (funds may not be used to support organizations efforts in multiple communities)

Recipient Expectations

Selected funded recipients must:

  • Submit a final report by July 17, 2020 upon completion of the funding term;
  • Submit timely receipts and invoices for services rendered within the funding agreement. All funds must be used by June 30, 2020;
  • Coordinate with YMI to co-brand relevant projects and promote on external channels;
  • Participate in a debrief session at the end of the funding term with YMI, Mayoral Offices, and other recipients.

Next Steps & Application Instructions

Application Period Now Closed

Applications are due by 12pm on June 5, 2020.

Notifications will be made on Monday, June 8th at 1 pm.