FCYO COVID-19 Youth Organizing Rapid Response Fund

Youth Organizing Rapid Response Fund 

FCYO’s rapid response fund serves to support youth organizing groups in sustaining their organizations in this time and responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Funds will be designated for organizations that engage young people of color, low-income young people, and gender oppressed young people in collective action for systemic change. Funds should be used to help organizations make necessary pivots in program and strategy during this crisis. 

Size of grants:

Grants will be up to $2,000 based on budget and need. FCYO has an initial pool of $50,000 for this fund, but will continue to raise funds with the possibility of expanding the number and size of grants. 

Possible uses of funds include, but are not limited to:

  • Technology (software or hardware) or training to pivot to remote/digital organizing
  • Support for staff or youth member needs (direct material aid, wellness programs, etc…)
  • Organizing mutual aid or community resilience projects
  • Organizing campaigns for a just response to the crisis (end evictions, expand benefits, empty the jails, etc…)     

To be eligible, organizations must:

  • Actively engage low-income young people, young people of color, and/or gender oppressed young people ages 13-25 in organizing collective action for social, economic, or racial justice. 
  • Involve young people in the leadership of the organization.
  • Be a 501c3 or have a fiscal agent which is a 501c3 entity. Organizations without non-profit status or a fiscal agent should contact us to discuss possible options. 

 Priority will be given to organizations that:

  • Clearly demonstrate why these funds are critical to helping them respond and sustain themselves in this moment
  • Have smaller budgets. Highest priority will go to organizations with budgets under $300,000, second to organizations with budgets under $500,000, and third to organizations with budgets under $1 million. 


Application Process

Applications should be submitted through the FCYO grants portal by CLICKING HERE. The narrative portion of the application may be submitted in writing or as a video (no longer than 10 minutes). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all funds are spent. Our goal is to respond to proposals within two weeks. 

Proposal Requirements:

A.  Organizational Information:

  • Organization Name
  • Name of Fiscal Sponsor if Applicable
  • Address
  • Contact Person Name
  • Contact Person Phone
  • Contact Person Email
  • Organizational Budget
  • Youth Organizing Project Budget (if youth organizing project is part of a larger organization)
  • Amount Requested
  • Age of young people involved (check all that apply):
    • 13-18
    • 18-25
    • 25-30

B.  Narrative (response may be submitted in writing or via a video of no more than 10 minutes)

  1. Briefly describe the mission and history of your organization. Who are the young people you organize and what have been a few of your successes? (Feel free to copy and paste this information from other proposals or your website) - Limit 500 words
  2. How will these funds help your organization sustain itself and/or respond to this crisis? - Limit 500 words

 C.  Attachments

  • 501(c)3 Determination Letter
  • Organizational Budget for the Current Year 
  • Most recent audited financial statement (If organization is fiscally sponsored audit should be of the fiscal sponsor. If organization is small or new enough not to have an audit please send latest financial statement with a note explaining why you do not have an audit)
  • Recently Signed W-9

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