Support for Programming for Boys and Young Men of Color
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Forward Promise Empowerment Projects 
Forward Promise, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, promotes culturally responsive practices that buffer the effects of historical and systemic trauma on boys and young men of color. Forward Promise Empowerment Projects will support nonprofit organizations that provide culturally relevant and evidence-supported responses to trauma to boys and young men of color, ages 12-24, while promoting opportunities for them to heal, grow, and thrive. Through this grant opportunity, Forward Promise will fund up to nine organizations to help strengthen their capacity to provide programming for boys and young men of color; enhance their ability to use data and research; and increase their ability to influence policy and practice in support of culturally responsive, trauma-informed, and healing-promoting strategies for boys and young men of color. Selected organizations will receive a grant of either up to $150,000 or up to $450,000 over two years. The deadline for brief proposals is May 2, 2017; full proposals will be due June 22, 2017. Visit the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s website to review the call for proposals.

Bicycle Infrastructure and Advocacy Initiatives Funded
PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program 
The PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program offers funding for important and influential projects that leverage federal funding and build momentum for bicycling in communities across the United States. Grants of up to $10,000 are provided for bicycle infrastructure projects and targeted advocacy initiatives that make it easier and safer for people of all ages and abilities to ride. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations with a focus on bicycling, active transportation, or community development; city or county agencies or departments; and state or federal agencies working locally. Letters of interest for the fall 2017 grant cycle will be accepted from June 12 to July 21, 2017; full applications will be due October 13, 2017. Visit the PeopleForBikes website to review the grant guidelines.

Grants Address Media Ethics Issues 
Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation 
The mission of the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation is to invest in the future of journalism by building the ethics, skills, and opportunities needed to advance principled, probing news and information. The Foundation provides grants to journalism schools and other nonprofit media organizations, with special preference given to programs focusing on ethics and new media. The Foundation focuses its giving on the following program areas: Investigative Reporting, Professional Development, Oklahoma Journalism, and Special Opportunities. The deadlines for letters of inquiry are May 15 and November 15, annually. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the grant program and to submit an online letter of inquiry

Programs to Promote Healthy Drinks for Native American Children Supported
Notah Begay III Foundation: Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures 
The Notah Begay III Foundation’s national program, Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures has issued the  “Drop Sugary Drinks!” Request for Applications. Tribes and Native-led organizations working to significantly reduce sugary drinks and to increase the consumption of healthy beverage alternatives (such as water, breastfeeding, indigenous teas, etc.) may apply for a grant between $10,000 and $40,000. Applications will be accepted from tribes and Native-led organizations across the country that specifically focus on the reduction of sugar-sweetened beverages and increase the consumption of healthy beverages for young children up to age eight. The application deadline is May 8, 2017. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the Request for Applications.

Program Supports Alternative Education for Youth 

Department of Labor 
The YouthBuild program is a community-based alternative education program for youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who are high school dropouts, aging out of foster care, or are disabled or homeless. The application deadline is May 9, 2017.

Rural Cooperatives Funded
Department of Agriculture
The Rural Cooperative Development Grant program provides support to improve the economic condition of rural areas by assisting in the startup, expansion, or operational improvement of rural cooperatives and other business entities. The application deadline is May 26, 2017.