About our Grantmaking

Since 2011, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked through a broad set of investments collectively called Forward Promise to promote the health and success of boys and young men of color. Focusing on opportunity, instead of risk factors, Forward Promise embraces values of collaboration, diversity, and innovation.

Forward Promise seeks to strengthen the capacity of organizations that provide programming for and with boys and young men of color, support policy analysis and awareness on issues affecting them, and expand the research knowledge base on what works in promoting culturally relevant, trauma-informed, and healing-promoting strategies to positively impact health outcomes for boys and young men of color.

Projects funded through Forward Promise generally range from two to four years in duration with proposals submitted through calls for proposals issued by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Forward Promise is a competitive grants program.


Available Grants

Forward Promise Empowerment Projects

Submission Deadline: May 2, 2017

Forward Promise is seeking proposals from organizations that provide culturally relevant and evidence-supported responses to trauma for boys and young men of color ages 12-24, while promoting opportunities for them to heal, grow, and thrive in the face of chronic stress and trauma.

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