YMI Community Crisis Response

YMI Community Crisis Response Initiative III

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The pandemic has forced students to participate in school via a new blended learning environment. Our most vulnerable students have been disproportionately impacted by this change and have borne the brunt of the economic and health consequences of the pandemic. The Community Crisis Response Initiative was designed to be responsive to the needs of these students.

The Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) seeks to provide city-wide support to community-based organizations (CBOs) with proven success and commitment to providing summer programming with a special focus on mentoring, arts and culture, sports, youth empowerment and experiential learning. Through the initiative, CBOs would receive up to $20,000 to provide these crucial services.

Requirements & Priorities

The YMI Community Crisis Response Initiative is a city-wide initiative. This initiative is open to all youth serving organizations and nonprofits, but preference will be given to those that demonstrate a commitment to supporting marginalized youth.

In order to be eligible to apply, an organization must:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or have a fiscal sponsor;
  • Use funding exclusively to support NYC youth and young adults (ages 14- 25);
  • Proven track record in implementing youth programming focused on mentoring, arts and culture, sports, youth empowerment and experiential learning;
  • Must have NYC vendor number

Preference will be given to the organizations that:

  • Are community-based;
  • Serve marginalized youth;
  • Serve youth with the greatest need;
  • Serves YMI priority communities and/or the NeON Communities (Brownsville, Bedford Stuyvesant, East Harlem, East New York, Harlem, North Shore Staten Island, South Bronx and Southeast Queens);
  • Demonstrate a culturally relevant practices;
  • Demonstrate a willingness to participate in YMI summer sizzle events.

Other Funding Details

Applicants may request one-time funding for up to $20,000 which must be used by November 30, 2021. Each organization is eligible to win one award. A successful application will demonstrate a proven track record implementing arts and culture-based programming, mentoring, and social-emotional services to marginalized youth and produce a detailed budget. For further questions, nforde@cityhall.nyc.gov.

Funds May be Used for:

  • General operation cost but limited to 25% (or up to $5,000)
  • Online platforms
  • Participant supports (e.g. books, incentives, supplies)
  • Mentor incentives or small stipends
  • Temporary employees or consultants to help build capacity but limited to 30% (or up to $6,000)
  • Volunteer background checks and recruitment and/or outreach materials
  • Funds may support programming from July 1st, 2021 thru October 30th, 2021

Funds May Not be Used for:

  • Office furniture/equipment, costs (e.g. rent, insurance, and/or utilities), and general administration fees
  • Student or youth technology (e.g laptop, iPad, phones)
  • To provide programming in multiple boroughs by one organization

Recipient Expectations

In order to receive funding, selected funded recipients must:

  • Join an informational webinar in early July;
  • Be able or willing to register with the following
  • Be able to provide or obtain the following:
    • Doing Business Data Form
    • Certificate of Liability Insurance (covers the duration of the contract)
    • Itemized budget that reflects the $20,000 that will be awarded
    • Anticipated program start and end date
  • Be able to coordinate with fiscal sponsor to provide the appropriate documentation
  • Submit a final report upon completion of the funding term;
  • Submit timely receipts and invoices for services rendered within the funding agreement. All funds must be used by December 31, 2021;
    • The funds will follow the City’s standard reimbursed model
  • Coordinate with YMI to co-brand relevant projects and promote on external channels;
  • Participate in a debrief session at the end of the funding term with YMI, Mayoral Offices, and other recipients;
  • Agree to a reimbursement of the funds after the completion of programming (funds will be distributed to organizations up to 30 to 60 business days after the program end date)