SparkYouth NYC is currently soliciting proposals for participation in its 9th Cohort, which will commence in January of 2022. Selected organizations will receive three years of general operating funding, ranging from approximately $50,000-$70,000 per year, and be part of a unique community of supporters of innovative opportunities for NYC youth. The following RFP is due on Friday, March 26th, 2021 at 5:00PM. The review committee will narrow the pool and select organizations for site visits in April and May. Final selection will be made during the late summer of 2021.
SparkYouth NYC is a grant-making nonprofit organization that ignites growth in community-based programs to expand opportunities for the young people of New York City. We work with emerging youth organizations in the early stages of their development. Our long-term financial and
organizational support for programs of this size helps facilitate their exponential
growth. These organizations provide crucial opportunities and essential skills to
young people and help transform lives.
Every three years, SparkYouth NYC selects a group of youth development organizations to become “member programs” in its cohort. Selected organizations receive three years of general operating support, from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2024, providing they remain compliant with SparkYouth NYC's requirements. Because SparkYouth raises funds each year from its supporters to distribute to the member organizations, the actual amount distributed varies from year to year, but has recently been in the range of $50,000-70,000 per calendar year. Member programs also take part in a rich curriculum designed to augment leadership and staff skills to manage non profits. Further member programs participate as a cohort, to share resources address challenges and maximize services to young people in New York City.
Only organizations that meet all of the following criteria are eligible. Organizations must:
Have as their primary mission the provision of direct services to underserved children or teens for a period of time sufficient to enhance education or life skills and constitute a life-transforming activity;
Have an operating budget between $150,000 and $1.5 million per fiscal year;
Be a certified 501(c)3 non-profit organization or operating under the fiscal sponsorship of a 501(c)3;
Be independent and not a subsidiary or branch of a national organization, unless they are a wholly independent program;
Be located and operate within New York City;
- Have been founded between 2010 and 2019 and remain in continuous operation;
- Be working toward broadening the program’s services either within the population served, or expanding to serve more young people.