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MBK Durham Mini Grant Program Accepting Applications

Deadline to submit is April 12, 2019

Post Date:02/12/2019 3:54 PM

My Brother’s Keeper Durham believes that local groups, leaders and neighborhoods are essential to the success of our boys and young men of color. We strive to ensure that we create safe and productive environments where they can grow up to be successful and reach their full potential.


The MBK Durham Mini Grant Program awards grants to local groups to provide support for youth focused grassroots initiatives to impact community change and is intended to provide support and engagement for boys and young men of color in Durham County. The goal is to support mentorship, creative discussion and activities by nonprofits and other community driven initiatives who will use their efforts toward helping our boys and young men of color reach these milestones:

  • Entering school cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally ready to learn and reading at grade level by third grade.
  • Graduating from high school prepared for college and or career.
  • Completing post-secondary education or vocational training.
  • Ensuring that all young men of color are present, participating and progressing in Durham’s new economy.
  • All boys and young men of color are supported and staying on track and provided second chance opportunities.


Download the MBK Durham Mini Grant application here.


The mini grant program has three main areas of focus that the projects should reflect. The expectations are that the combination of youth involvement, community engagement and collaboration will continue to change in systems to better support neighborhoods and boys and young men of color who live there.

  1. Youth involvement/youth development:  Youth development refers to the ongoing growth that all young people engage in as they work to meet personal and social needs and build skills for independent living.
    Youth involvement welcomes young people to contribute their ideas and strengths to help shape their communities. In this view, young people are not just the recipients of services, but citizens who work with
    others to address issues that matter to them.
  2. Community action:  Is a process that organizes youth and caring adults to act together to solve common problems.
    It involves skills in organizing that empower community members to act on their mutual interests.  This often goes beyond resolution of an issue to equalize power among individuals and/or with organizations or institutions.
  3. Collaboration:  means working together with other individuals, groups, or organizations to achieve a common goal. Relationships form the heart of collaboration and strong collaborations help build networks that make communities strong.


It is helpful not to wait until the last minute to apply. Please complete and scan to email at: mybrotherskeeper@dconc.gov by Friday April 12, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. Anything received after that will not be considered.


There will be a Mini Grant Conference Call on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Join us for questions and answers regarding application completion and how to include the proper information for youth driven initiatives and activities. RSVP to mybrotherskeeper@dconc.gov. The call number is (515) 604-9725 with access code 441013.

Be sure to stay tuned in to the website for additional information.

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