This summer, creating and providing opportunities for youth and community to engage in safe and enriching activities is a key priority. Emerson Collective will be funding interesting and innovative program ideas that seek to promote peace. Small grants will be available this summer for youth-led and designed peace initiatives for youth ages 6-24.
The 2016 Peace Mini Grants are available for programs and projects that meet the following criteria:
Projects must be directed towards promoting peace and/or decreasing youth/community violence. We encourage new ideas and innovation in this grant. Think outside of the box and come up with new ideas that speak to the root causes of youth violence.
Projects must be student-led and are available to any youth serving organization with participants ages 6-24.
These programs should strive to teach youth about self-acceptance, acceptance of others, resolving conflicts, finding balance, and contributing positively to their community. Examples of projects include:
Youth organizing a forum in their community in collaboration with police to talk about neighborhood safety issues and develop action steps.
Youth work with community stakeholders to organize a Peace March or Rally in their neighborhood.
Youth work with aldermen and community members to identify unused or vacant community space to create a "Peace Garden," or a community art project and host community picnic or event in the space.
Youth survey the community about safe and unsafe locations in the neighborhood. They compile the results, identify trends and potential solutions, and present to key stakeholders including aldermen, community leaders, local police, parents, and the community at-large..
Youth develop speakers bureau on topics related to peace, conflict resolution, leadership, and deterrents to community violence.
Award amounts will range from $5,000 to $25,000 per applicant, and will be disbursed in mid-July. Please note: you must be either a 501(c)(3) or be sponsored by a 501(c)(3) located within Chicago city limits to apply for these grants.
If you are interested in Peace Mini Grants, please follow this link to complete the application. There will be a 2016 Peace Mini Grants Information webinar on Thursday, June 16, 2016. To register, please click here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
APPLICATION TIMELINE: Monday 6/13/16: Application portal opens Thursday 6/30/16: Application portal closes at 5:00 PM Week of July 4th: Applications reviewed Week of July 11th: Applicants are notified