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2018 Innovation Challenge

Grants to USA YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs,
Camps, and JCCs for Innovative Community Projects

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Redwoods Group Foundation

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Grants of $25,000 to USA YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, camps, and Jewish Community Centers for innovative projects that create positive community change. Funding is intended to support projects that are distinct and unique to the organization, new and at an early stage of development, and scalable and significant.

For this year’s innovation challenge, the Foundation is looking for brave, innovative approaches that your organization is taking to change your community in new and important ways. The following suggested possibilities might help you narrow in on your proposal:

- Creating new and unlikely partnerships that allow your organization to have an impact in a different sphere or at a different level; or engaging in a collaborative or novel way that requires your organization to adapt and shift the approach and model it’s most comfortable with
- Taking a leadership role on a difficult or sensitive topic or issue; or taking on ownership of an initiative or effort to tackle a particularly daunting problem; or confronting an uncomfortable status quo in a new way
Including and empowering different voices and leaders in your work; and/or giving others the control to shape the direction and focus of your efforts
- Going beyond inclusion in terms of numbers and representation in your organization or your work, and actively working to openly discuss and address the issues underlying the need for that inclusion
- Any other innovative way your organization is stepping out of your comfort zone to take a brave new stance or make a courageous new effort to solve a problem in your community

It’s important to note that the Foundation is looking for innovative approaches that are:

- Unique and distinct at your organization. Something that you’re creating, rather than a signature or nationwide program that is common across other similar organizations.
- New and early stage. An effort that has launched or is ready to, rather than an idea that hasn’t taken much shape yet or an approach your organization has successfully implemented for some time.
- Scalable and significant. Efforts that other communities could consider adopting, and that have the potential to address an important problem at a significant level in the communities you serve.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181754

Number of Grants:

Up to four

Estimated Size of Grant:


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Innovation Challenge is open to Boys & Girls Clubs, Jewish Community Centers, Camps and YMCAs. Applicant organizations do not have to be a Redwoods customer, and customer status will not be a factor in the decision making process.

Pre-Application Information:

2018 Innovation Challenge Timeline:

- NOW: Begin thinking deeply about your innovative ideas to create brave spaces in your community.
- Applications open: March 20-August 24
- Finalists notified: by October 8
- Awards announced: Week of October 22

Contact Information:

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

Online application link:

Robin Rennells,

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming