Future Focused Education: Youth Civic Infrastructure Fund
The Youth Civic Infrastructure Fund (YCIF) provides multi-year unrestricted operating grants to nonprofit organizations who work in partnership with a participating local school to create a project-based capstone curriculum. These grants provide a generational investment rooted in young people learning from and applying local wisdom to address challenges in their communities. Students, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and funders work collaboratively to build curriculum, internships, and capstone projects that actively work to improve the communities in which the students live.
Grantees will partner for three years with a New Mexico high school that has identified an area of community need, taking advantage of FFE’s X3 Internship platform and statewide Capstone initiative to help manage the process of working with the students and connecting their work to student graduation requirements. Nonprofit partners will work with students from the school (including some as interns) to further their mutual goals while students gain skills and advance their education.
The 2023 YCIF funders have committed to supporting work in the following areas:
* Family economic security (in the vicinity of Cuba, NM)
* Housing security (in the vicinity of Santa Fe, NM)
* Community healing and development (in the vicinity of Aztec, NM)
* Mental health (Albuquerque Metro area)
Amount: Four unrestricted grants will be awarded. Period of performance will be 3 years, with funding amounts as follows:
Year 1: $35,000 intended to support organizational capacity and planning
Years 2 and 3: $75,000 per year
Eligibility: 501(c)(3) nonprofits or organizations with a fiscal sponsor doing work in any of the above areas.
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