About our Grantmaking

About Our Grantmaking

Since 2011, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has worked through a broad set of investments collectively called Forward Promise to promote the health and well-being of boys and young men of color (BYMOC). 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 BYMOC, 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 BYMOC.

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


New Funding Opportunity: Partnering with Systems to Disrupt Dehumanization

Forward Promise: Partnering with Systems to Disrupt Dehumanization seeks to strengthen partnerships between community-based organizations that ground their programs for BYMOC in culturally responsive methods and models, and their systems partners.

Through this initiative, Forward Promise will support up to seven organizations to partner with a local or regional youth-serving system to increase their understanding of the issues faced by BYMOC in these systems. Together, they will devise a plan for working together to test approaches and identify sustainable opportunities to change the way these systems do business and approach their work with BYMOC.

Selected grantees will receive a grant of up to $150,000 in total over an 18-month period. Applicants will submit full proposals, followed by site visits in the Summer. Awards will be announced later in the Fall.

All proposals for Forward Promise: Partnering with Systems to Disrupt Dehumanization must be submitted electronically via the RWJF online system. To submit a proposal, visit http://www.rwjf.org/cfp/fwp4 and use the “Apply Online” link.

Applications for Forward Promise: Partnering with Systems to Disrupt Dehumanization have closed.

Key Dates and Deadlines

May 10, 2019
Application period opens.

May 22, 2019 (3 p.m. ET)
Optional applicant webinar. A recording of the webinar is available here.

June 6, 2019 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of full proposals.

July 22, 2019
Applicants notified of plans for a site visit.

July and August 2019
Site visits to semifinalists.

September 2019
Finalists notified.

October 15, 2019
Start of grants.

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