Obama Foundation Freedom Summer Grant Program (up to $30,000) 2023

Freedom Summer  2023 is a My Brother’s Keeper Alliance initiative of the Obama Foundation. The $1 million award program will assist local organizations working to reduce violence in Chicago communities this summer by developing and expanding safe spaces and programs for boys and young men of color to learn, play, and interact.

Freedom Summer is rooted in the MBK Alliance’s sixth milestone, which states that all youth should be safe from violent crime. According to a survey from the University of Chicago’s Crime Lab, violent crime in Chicago peaks during the hot summer months: on days over 85 degrees, there are roughly twice as many shootings as on days under 50 degrees. Freedom Summer intends to assist local organizations in their efforts to engage kids and contribute to a decrease in violence this summer.

Obama Foundation Freedom Summer Grant Program Benefits

  • Each Freedom Summer awardee will receive a $30,000 grant.

Requirements for Obama Foundation Freedom Summer Grant Program Qualification

  • Eligible Freedom Summer applicants must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization or a sponsored project of a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor with a valid sponsorship agreement in place.
  • The MBK Alliance is looking to support projects that will have a potentially lifesaving impact on boys and young men of color this summer.

Interview date, Process and Venue

Evaluation Criteria

  • Freedom Summer applications will be evaluated based upon whether or not the eligible applicant’s project proposal aligns with the mission of Freedom Summer.
  • Project proposals should be able to measure their projected impact on boys and young men of color and focus on executing creative ways to keep youth engaged and safe this summer.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Obama Foundation on survey.alchemer.com to apply

To apply for the grant, eligible organizations must provide:

  • Proof of 501(c)(3) status or partnership agreement
  • A short narrative describing the proposed project that meets the mission of Freedom Summer
  • An explanation of how the project will impact the lives of boys and young men of color and how the organization will measure success
  • A signed letter of support (from CEO or Senior Executive) that details an overview of the programming that the funds will cover and describes any relationships or partnerships that will support the effort
  • A simple budget indicating expected expenses
  • Age group to be supported by the application
  • The neighborhood or community the project will serve

For more details,visit Obama Foundation website

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