"Youth Opportunity Pledge" Commits at Least $300 Million for Black and Latino Male Youth / $1 Billion to Benefit All Young People of Color in Underserved U.S. Communities
WASHINGTON, March 6, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) CEO and President Mark Pinsky today announced a $1 billion CDFI industry pledge in support of President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper." OFN is a national network of community development financial institutions (CDFIs) investing in opportunities that benefit low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged communities across America.
The "Youth Opportunity Pledge" commits OFN's network of CDFIs to originate $1 billion annually in new financing that benefits young people of color across the U.S. It includes $300 million in financing to create opportunities specifically for black and Latino male youth.
The financing will be originated by many of OFN's 225-plus Member CDFIs, which invest in low-income, low-wealth, and disadvantaged communities that are outside the economic mainstream.
OFN will register CDFI pledges to participate, track CDFI financing, and share borrower stories online at YouthOpportunityPledge.ofn.org….
"The CDFI financing will support early care though high school education, community health centers and healthy foods in underserved communities, entrepreneurship and small business financing, after-school programs, and quality, affordable housing that helps make opportunities possible for so many," Pinsky explained.
President Obama announced "My Brother's Keeper" last week, backed by a commitment of $200 million from ten foundations and corporate donors. "My Brother's Keeper" aims to increase economic opportunity for young people of color.
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Funding Opportunity Number: 20140415-HB
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Humanities (see "Cultural Affairs" in CFDA)
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Agency Name: NEH
Closing Date: 2014-04-15
Award Ceiling: $50,400
Expected Number of Awards: 10
Description: This program supports individual faculty or staff members at Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities pursuing research of value to humanities scholars, students, or general audiences. Awards are designed to be flexible, allowing applicants to define the audience, type of research, award periods, and administrative arrangements that best fit their projects.
Awards can be used for a wide range of projects that are based on humanities research. Eligible projects include pursuing research in primary and secondary materials; producing articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources; and conducting basic research leading to the improvement of an existing undergraduate course or the achievement of institutional or community research goals.
Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-HSI-004449
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Category of Funding Activity: Agriculture | Education | Environment | Food and Nutrition | Natural Resources
Eligible Applicants Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Agency Name: USDA-NIFA
Closing Date: 2014-03-13
Award Ceiling: $300,000
Description: This competitive grants program is intended to promote and strengthen the ability of Hispanic-Serving Institutions to carry out higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences. Programs aim to attract outstanding students and produce graduates capable of enhancing the Nation's food and agricultural scientific and professional work force.