New Opportunities at FCYO in 2016-2017

POSTED: 3.17.2018

The Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO) is excited to announce a set of new programs and opportunities launching over the next year! Across the country, young people are playing powerful roles in the struggle for social justice. FCYO aims to support this work through three programmatic areas:

  • Youth CORE works to create a more powerful and interconnected youth organizing field through regular learning opportunities
  • Capacity Building and Grantmaking programs strengthen the capacities and directly resource youth organizing groups
  • Funder Advocacy and Communications build an aligned and growing set of funders committed to supporting this work.

We are grateful to our member funders and youth organizing leaders who have helped shape this strategy and these programs. FCYO's programs will support youth organizing groups across geography, issue area, constituency, and strategy. We are intentional in supporting groups working in underserved areas, with marginalized young people regions outside of the focus of large place-based funders, regional concentrations of philanthropy, and in areas of high community poverty.

On August 30th, FCYO held an informational webinar where we discussed new and existing programs and answered any questions. View the recording here.

Over the next year we have a number of different programs in which youth organizing groups can apply to participate. This includes:

  • Moment to Movement Fund (Open Now - Deadline 9/9. Click through for the RFP)
  • Healthy Communities III (Invitation Only, more information below)
  • FCYO Youth Organizing Landscape Map (Required for all program applicants; register now!)
  • FY17 Capacity Building (Applications open Fall 2016; more info below)
  • Youth CORE Learning Exchange Fund (Applications open early 2017; more info below)

In addition, our periodic Youth CORE webinars will continue to be open to all groups and our next National Youth CORE Convening will be in the fall of 2017. Read more below on FCYO's new programs launching this fall and later this year.

Healthy Communities III

In the fall of 2016, FCYO will launch the third phase of our Healthy Communities Initiative, which will support the organizing and advocacy efforts of community-based grassroots organizations with established youth-led campaigns that address holistic health in the school environment. Proposals will be accepted by invitation only. For more information, please contact Mόnica Cόrdova at

Youth Organizing Landscape Map

Over the past year, FCYO and the Citizen Engagement Lab have partnered to develop a platform for an interactive online map and living landscape of the youth organizing field. We are now excited to open this platform to the youth organizing field for enrollment. We are asking all youth organizing groups to register and fill out a profile that best reflects your current work. Once complete to your satisfaction, this profile will be visible on a public map and database that funders and the general public can use to learn more about your organization and get engaged in your work. By filling out this profile and keeping it updated, your organization will be eligible to apply for FCYO's other opportunities (and it will cut down on the number of questions we will ask you for grant proposals and reports). Contact Will Buford ( for more information.

Implementing and Funding Holistic Youth Organizing

Each year FCYO runs a capacity building initiative to support deeper skill development with a smaller set of organizations. The last two years we have done capacity building initiatives focused on financial management and digital organizing. These projects have worked with 7-12 organizations, had a lead trainer with expertise on the topic, and included a two-day convening, webinars, and individual coaching.

This fall, FCYO will open applications for our next capacity building initiative, entitled Implementing and Funding Holistic Youth Organizing. This initiative will focus on supporting a cohort of youth organizing groups to better incorporate holistic youth development supports for their youth leaders and provide targeted support in reaching new funders to support that work.

This initiative is not yet accepting proposals, but will be announced in November of 2016. We encourage all interested groups to register for our Youth Organizing Landscape Map, stay tuned to, subscribe to our mailing list and follow us on social media to learn more about this and other FCYO opportunities.

Youth CORE Learning and Exchange Fund

*Update: All applicants to the Learning and Exchange Fund will be notified by February 24, 2017

In January of 2017, FCYO will launch a Learning and Exchange Fund as part of Youth CORE. Through this initiative, youth organizing groups will be able to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to support a learning project of their choosing. We will welcome both individual and multi-group collaborative projects that have a clear learning goal. Preference will be given to projects where learnings could be shared with the broader youth organizing field through a Youth CORE webinar or National Youth CORE convening workshop. Funds could be used for:

  • A visit to another youth organizing group to learn about their model
  • Bringing together a few youth organizing groups to learn about and discuss a particular topic
  • Attending a specific training such as SOUL, BOLD, GIFT, Generative Somatics, or Highlander
  • A leadership development plan for a key individual leader (coaching, mentorship, training, exchange)
  • An organizational learning experiment (experimenting with a new model for base building, fundraising etc.…)

This initiative is not yet accepting proposals, but will be announced in November of 2016. We encourage all interested groups to register for our Youth Organizing Landscape Map, stay tuned to, subscribe to our mailing list and follow us on social media to learn more about this and other FCYO opportunities.