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Deadline: October 15, 2017

Albuquerque Community Foundation, City of Albuquerque, and My Brother’s Keeper Alliance: Prospero!

Prospero! is a grant opportunity for organizations that are working to provide access to economic opportunities leading to long-term employment and prosperity for young men of color. Grants will support organizations that accelerate job placement and/or job creation for young men of color through providing services such as educational support, job training, mentorship, job readiness, and small business support.

In May of 2017, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Albuquerque, in partnership with Innovate + Educate hosted a Job Ready Hire Fair that sought to place 500 young men of color (YMOC) in quality jobs in the city. Over 300 YMOC were hired on site. One of the goals for Prospero! is to skill-up and connect another 200 YMOC that were not hired on that day to quality job opportunities in the community.

Specifically, Prospero! seeks to fund both existing and pilot programs, supporting young men of color through any of the following categories:

  • Education: Organizations responding in this category seek to connect participants with educational opportunities including college, community college, GED, ESL, soft skills development, interviewing skills, citizenship, financial literacy, mentorship, internships, and apprenticeships.
  • Skill development: Organizations responding in this category seek to support participants with a desire to “skill-up” to become job ready.
  • Breaking down barriers: Organizations responding in this category will use intersectional methods to minimize challenges created by existing barriers including licensing and certification. Accessible navigator-type programming including one-on-one and/or group counseling and support will be considered.
  • Long-term employment: Organizations responding in this category will focus on supportive tools to assist job seekers in finding employment with significant growth opportunities.
  • Creating connections: Organizations responding in this category seek to directly connect participants with potential employers through networking events, job fairs, shared spaces, maker spaces, and incubators.
  • Entrepreneurship: Organizations responding in this category will focus on providing early stage, micro, and main street entrepreneurs with the necessary tools to start up, scale up, and stay up in their own business.
  • Procurement: Organizations responding in this category will address the growing needs of the burgeoning local sourcing and hiring initiatives including food system and healthcare.

Amount: A total of $100,000 will be awarded to up to five organizations. The minimum grant size will be $20,000.

Eligibility: Organizations must be exempt from U.S. federal income tax pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and classified as a public charity under section 509(a)(1) or section 509(a)(2) of the Code. Applicants may be located anywhere in the United States, however, a local partner supporting the Greater Albuquerque area is required.


  • Special consideration will be given to those groups that work with immigrant and/or refugee populations
  • Applicants can be an individual organization or a collaboration between organizations
  • Applicants can submit more than one proposal for different programs

Link: http://www.albuquerquefoundation.org/

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