RMYF Innovation Grants support untested, uncommon and otherwise unconventional services aimed at helping underprivileged youth reach their full potential. Following Albert Einstein's dictum, "If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it." Innovation Grants support ideas that might easily appear radical or preposterous. Rarity is a good guideline to gauge whether Innovation Grants are appropriate. If your service is offered in numerous locations, it likely does not qualify for an Innovation Grant. Through these grants RMYF aims to help identify new effective practices that lead to breakthrough results in supporting underprivileged youth. Only organizations that meet all of the following criteria are eligible for Innovation Grants:
- Are US-based organizations with IRS nonprofit status.
- Operate in one of these geographic areas: Baltimore MD, Boston MA, Los Angeles, CA, Madison WI, Milwaukee WI, Philadelphia PA, San Francisco CA, and Washington DC.
- Offer innovative programs or services designed help underprivileged youth reach their full potential. Innovative is defined as "uncommon, untested or otherwise unconventional" In other words, RMYF funds programs or services that are outside of current customary practices. Innovative services RMYF has funded include the following:
- A market-based entrepreneurial franchise system for delivering vital medications to children in developing countries
- An intensive weekend tutoring program for at-risk students
- A program that provides talented, experienced teachers with support, incentives and a professional environment to help make teaching in low-performing schools a viable long-term employment option
Furthermore, RMYF gives preference to smaller nonprofit organizations, such as organizations with less than $1,000,000 in annual revenue.
These grants range from $5,000 to $25,000.
We recommend you review the application questions prior to applying, draft your answers to the questions offline and then cut and paste your responses into our online application.