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Young Men United (YMU) Grant

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United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM)

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05/25/22 5:00 PM EDT


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Grants to Maryland nonprofit organizations for programs that benefit young men of color in eligible locations. Funding is intended to remove barriers to advancement and to help young men of color achieve their dreams by connecting with pathways that lead to career fulfillment and financial success. Young Men United (YMU) is an equity-driven initiative that will help close education and earning gaps for young men of color across Central Maryland, increasing post-secondary attainment and workforce preparedness.

In the 2022 YMU RFP, United Way is focusing on identifying partners to provide programming/support covering the first three years (10th, 11th, and 12th grade) that students are enrolled in YMU. In the future, they expect to hold a similar RFP process for YMU Initiative Components to be delivered to YMU participants as they enter and continue through their post-secondary journey, with such services as college/training journey navigation, mentoring, internship, career prep, and transition.

YMU will serve at least 250 participants, and their families, over the course of the nine-year initiative. The initiative will launch in Baltimore City in Fall 2022 at Benjamin Franklin High School and Patterson High School, serving a total of 50 young men in their 10th-grade year (September 2022 – June 2023) as the initial cohort. Two additional cohorts of 100 10th graders each, will be added in the two years that follow. The number of young men served could increase if additional funds become available.

YMU seeks to serve students and the families of students who have a strong desire to receive support to reach their higher education and career goals but who may not necessarily see the path forward. The goal is to focus on serving those students who need, and welcome, additional support to get there. YMU will serve:

  • Students who identify as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American, and male
  • Students who attend YMU partner schools
    • Partner schools identified for Year 1 (2022-23 school year):
      • Benjamin Franklin High School
      • Patterson High School

For additional information about the students who will be served, see:

YMU will provide critical opportunities, resources, supports, and networks needed for success through a series of services, such as:

  • Coaching, Dream Navigation, and Mentorship
  • College & Career Preparedness
  • Internship
  • Academic Support
  • Technology Access
  • Resource Navigation
  • Financial Support

For additional information about program components, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 202631

Term of Contract:

Community partners selected through this application process will receive funding for the period of July 2022 – June 2023, the first year of implementation of the YMU initiative, and will be considered for renewal for the following two years.

- Cohort 1: Start Date July 2022; Project Completion: June 2029
- Cohort 2: Start Date: July 2023; Project Completion: June 2030
- Cohort 3; Start Date: July 2024; Project Completion: June 2031

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

United Way will accept applications from organizations with 501(c)(3) or other nonprofit IRS designations and nonprofit agencies that are acting as Fiscal Agents for other organizations. Organizations that currently receive other funding from United Way are eligible to apply.

Additionally, organizations must provide. evidence that they hold a current “Good Standing Certificate of Status” with the State of Maryland Department of Assessments & Taxation.

United Way will not provide funding to organizations that discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, ancestry, marital status, or disability. In addition, applications requesting support for the following will not be considered:
• Religious activities (religious organizations may apply for funding for non-sectarian activities)
• Lobbying activities
• Individuals applying on their own behalf.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Organizations wishing to apply are strongly encouraged to attend (virtually via Zoom) Young Men United Information Session on Tuesday, April 26, 9:00 – 10:30 am.

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Following this session, United Way will post the PowerPoint presentation, as well as questions raised and answers provided at the event. This will be a virtual information session and a recording of the session will be available.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications must be submitted by Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at 5:00 pm (EDT), through the online grant application portal, CommunityForce. Access to the online application will be open on or about April 19, 2022.

Questions about the application’s content (eligibility, requirements, etc.) may be submitted up until Friday, May 6, 2022, at 5:00 pm EDT. Answers to all questions will be posted on our grant portal on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

Applicant interviews will be held in June and grants will be announced in July 2022.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online from April 19.

Please submit questions via e-mail to, with the subject line YMU RFP Question.

Submit any technical questions and technical assistance requests specific to the Application Portal to the email address above, with the subject line YMU RFP Technical Assistance.

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USA: Maryland: Central Region

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