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Oxford Response Grant


Please Note: The application period is currently closed.

About the 2022 Oxford Response Grantmaking

Here are a few key facts about applications to the Youth Leadership Fund:

  • In place of our regular grantmaking, the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is responding to the tragedy in Oxford by inviting proposals from school districts that address gun violence education, school safety, mental health, bullying, and other impacts of the pandemic.
  • The YAC is planning to make grants of $10,000 to school districts and youth-led nonprofit for projects to offer preventative solutions that foster ongoing dialogue, trust, and a supportive school environment.
  • Examples of proposed projects are found on the guidelines. The list is not complete, but meant to inspire ideation.
  • Grants are made only to youth-led programs, meaning that youth are involved in the vision for the project, the development of the application, and will be involved in implementing the work if a grant is received; it’s great if the youth have adult allies who are assisting or supporting them in their effort, but youth must be involved for a grant to be considered.
  • Applicant organizations must be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, school district, or faith based organization in good standing with the IRS and have a financial audit or financial review.
  • Any local public, private, or charter schools in the 7 counties in southeast Michigan (Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Livingston, St. Clair, Monroe) applying for their school community.
  • Youth-led nonprofits and youth development applicant organizations must partner with their local school district in some way.
  • As laid out in the Grant Guidelines, you will be asked to include a 2-3 minute video submission of youth sharing this project’s importance and proposed impact in the application via Box.

    1. To upload your video to Box, follow this link to access the project’s video submission form. From there, upload your video into the folder. Please ensure the name of the file identifies the applicant.
    2. If you have any issues accessing Box or uploading your file, please reach out directly to Harmony Rhodes at hrhodes@cfsem.org.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a group of young people the Community Foundation oversees called the Youth Advisory Committee; they make grant recommendations to the Community Foundation’s Board.
  • Important Note: You must be registered in our online grants management system, Fluxx, in order to begin an application. If you think you will apply for a grant, you should go on the site now and register your organization. Registration only needs to happen once, but is required before you can submit an application.

Grantmaking Timeline

  • August 15, 2022: Applications open
  • September 26, 2022: Deadline to register. All applicants must register in Fluxx, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan’s online grant portal in order to begin an application. Registrations may require up to 5 business days to be processed.
  • October 3, 2022: Applications due by 5 p.m.
  • January 2023: Grantee award and decline notifications will be sent
  • First Quarter 2023: Grant payments will be disbursed
  • Mid-July 2022: Public announcement of grants will be made

Step 1: Review the Grant Guidelines

View the Grant Guidelines

STEP 2: START AN APPLICATION

The application period for this round of grantmaking will open August 15, 2022.

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Questions? Feel free to contact

Harmony Rhodes

Program Officer
313.961.6675
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