*Update: Applications were due Friday, March 4th and are now closed.  We will follow up about next steps with applicants in the coming weeks.

Founded in 2013, Get IN Chicago is a first-of-its-kind initiative designed to address and impact issues related to community violence. We combine private resources with experts in social policy and evaluation to identify, fund, and evaluate evidence-informed approaches to violence.  Our goal is to create safer communities and brighter futures for acutely high-risk youth in Chicago’s most vulnerable neighborhoods.

Get IN Chicago invites proposals for summer programs serving youth ages 13-18.  As we know, violence tends to spike in the summer months.  Get IN Chicago’s goal for this funding opportunity is to provide safe, structured activities for acutely high-risk youth from our seven focus communities (South Shore, Englewood, West Englewood, Roseland, North Lawndale, Austin, and Humboldt Park).

Funded programs should be:

  • 6-8 weeks long, beginning no later than July 5, 2016;
  • Structured activities (e.g. sports, arts, service learning, etc.);
  • Pro-social activities that support improved social-emotional learning outcomes;
  • Designed to serve a unique cohort of at least 25 acutely high-risk youth from GIC focus communities.

To be eligible for funding, organizations must:

  • Be a 501©3 tax-exempt agency;
  • Have a minimum of $250,000 in annual operating revenue;
  • Program budget must not exceed 25% of operational budget;
  • Be able to recruit and retain acutely high-risk youth ages 13-18 from GIC focus communities; and
  • Have a track-record for serving high-risk youth and working in one or more of the focus communities.

The following components are ineligible for funding:

  • Paid cash stipends for youth, although funding may be used for small incentives.
  • General operations.  Funded organizations may, however, include up to 15% administrative costs in their proposed budgets.

We hosted a conference call to further explain the Summer RFP and answer questions.  Read a recap or listen to a recording of the call: Summer 2016 RFP FAQ.