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.


Forward Promise Empowerment Projects

Forward Promise: Empowerment Projects will support organizations that provide culturally relevant and evidence-supported responses to trauma to boys and young men of color ages 12-24, while promoting opportunities for them to heal, grow, and thrive.

Through this initiative, Forward Promise will support up to nine organizations to strengthen their capacity to provide programming for boys and young men of color; enhance their ability to use data and research; and increase their ability to influence policy and practice in support of culturally responsive, trauma-informed, and healing-promoting strategies for boys and young men of color.

Selected grantees will receive a grant of up to $150,000 or $450,000 in total over two years. Selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals, followed by site visits in the Summer. Awards will be announced later in the Fall.

The deadline to submit brief proposals has passed.  We are no longer accepting applications.

Key Dates

May 26, 2017
Applicants notified of invitation to submit a full proposal.

June 1, 2017 (3 p.m. ET)
Optional full proposal applicant web conference. Registration is required. Details will be provided to successful Phase 1 applicants.

June 22, 2017 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of full proposals.

July 14, 2017
Applicants notified of plans for a site visit.

July and August 2017
Site visits to semifinalists.

September 2017
Finalists notified.

November 1, 2017
Start of grants.