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My Brother's Keeper Challenge Grant 2019-22


Informational Webinar – Posted 10/16/19

Grant Application Documents

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Legislative Authority

Chapter 53 of the laws of 2016. With the adoption of the 2016-17 New York State budget, New York became the first state to accept the President’s My Brother’s Keeper challenge.


The purpose of My Brother’s Keeper Challenge Grant is to incentivize and support school districts to accept the My Brother’s Keeper Challenge and implement a coherent outcomes-based cradle-to-college strategy aimed at improving the life outcomes for youth, particularly for boys and young men of color. Through this Request for Proposals (RFP) process, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) will fund grants to eligible school districts to address one or more of the following milestones in specific school buildings:

  • Getting a Healthy Start and Entering School Ready to Learn
    All children should have a healthy start and enter school ready – cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally.
  • Reading at Grade Level by Third Grade
    All children should be reading at grade level by age 8 – the age at which reading to learn becomes essential.
  • Graduating from high school ready for college and career
    All youth should receive a quality high school education and graduate with the skills and tools needed to advance to postsecondary education or training.


The anticipated allocation for the first of three project periods (January 13, 2020 – June 30, 2020) is $7,000,000. The allocations for the second and third project periods (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 and July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022, respectively) are subject to the continuation of the State appropriation and have not yet been determined. The actual funding amount for each eligible school district will be calculated by formula.

In order to receive funding, Districts will be required to annually submit a form outlining the plan of implementation and expected measurable outcomes for activities that address one or more of the three aforementioned milestones (Getting a Healthy Start and Entering School Ready to Learn, Reading at Grade Level by Third Grade, and Graduating from High School Ready for College and Career). An FS-10 and accompanying budget narrative is also required for review and approval by NYSED for each funding year of this grant.

Program Start Date & Coverage of Expenditures

NYSED seeks to better align MBKCG’s start and end dates with the traditional fiscal year for school districts. Therefore, the first project period will be January 13, 2020 – June 30, 2020; the second project period will be July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021; the third and final project period will be July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022.

For the first project period, only expenses incurred between January 13, 2020 and June 30, 2020 will be eligible for coverage with these State funds.

Matching Requirements

A minimum 15 percent (%) match of approved grant contract is required. The matching requirements may be met through the institution’s own resources, private sources, other non-state government sources, and/or in-kind services.

Applicant Eligibility

The current list of eligible school districts is attached (Charter Schools, non-public schools, and home-school groups or associations are not eligible applicants). Eligible school districts meet the following criteria:

  1. District had one or more Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) schools identified in 2018-19 year;
  2. District had one or more Focus or Priority schools in 2017-18

Eligible districts will be allocated funds based on the 2017-18 final school enrollment of economically disadvantaged K-12 students in the identified 2018-19 CSI schools. Please see the attached allocation chart (Attachment X) for eligible districts.

Important Dates

Full proposals must be postmarked by 11/6/19

Proposal Instructional Webinar/Conference Call

Informational Webinar – Posted 10/16/19

A NYSED webinar will be available on 10/16/19

Q & A

Questions regarding this grant must be e-mailed to MBKChallenge@nysed.gov by 10/23/19.

A Question and Answers Summary will be posted on this page no later than 10/28/19.

Application Submission

New York State Education Department
Office of Access, Equity, and Community Engagement Services
89 Washington Avenue, EBA Room 960
Albany, New York 12234
(518) 408-1857

State Education Department Contacts


Sean Brown

Jessica Hartjen

Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF Adobe PDF | Application in Word Word document

Last Updated: October 16, 2019