Prekindergarten through Grade 12 Education

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My Brother’s Keeper Fellows Program (MBKFP) Grant
A New York State My Brother’s Keeper Initiative
Announcement of Funding Opportunity


  • Update 2/16/18: Deadline Extended! New applications are being accepted. All applications must be postmarked by March 9, 2018. For additional information, please review the revised grant application documents.

Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF Adobe PDF | Application in Word Word document Revised 2/16/18

Purpose of Grant

The purpose of the Fellows grant is to provide 11th grade high school students, with an emphasis on boys and young men of color, with opportunities to gain authentic leadership experience(s) and develop service projects beneficial to the schools they attend and the communities they live in.

Grant Term

March 19, 2018 – December 31, 2018

Project Description

Through the creation of the NYS MBK Fellows program, consisting of partnerships between a NYSMBK Community Network partner, at least one postsecondary education institution or one local business or community-based organization, 11th grade students, with an emphasis on boys and young men of color, will be provided authentic leadership opportunities in local government and/or education and/or business. Applicants will select two NYSMBK Fellows, current 11th graders, to participate in the program, which will begin in the spring 2018 semester and continue through the fall semester of students’ 12th grade year. Each NYSMBK Fellow will have a mentor currently employed with one of the partners. Each NYSMBK Fellow will have the opportunity to participate in a fellowship with one of the partners. As a result, each NYS MBK Fellow will develop a service project related to one of the New York State MBK Milestones with the partner that would benefit the school and/or community. In addition, the Fellows will serve on a statewide MBK Fellows Workgroup, coordinated by the NYSED Office of Family and Community Engagement, which will provide input on the development and implementation of a statewide MBK Mentoring Network. NYSMBK Fellows are expected to attend the Second Annual NYS MBK Statewide Symposium in Albany in April 2018 with their mentor.

Eligible Applicants

Only approved New York State MBK Community Network(s) (NYSMBKCN) are eligible to apply for this grant opportunity. An approved NYSMBKCN is a partnership between the Office of the Mayor and the School District Superintendent (or the Chancellor in New York City), that have filed supporting documents with the Office of Family and Community Engagement as of November 1, 2017. Additionally, for this grant opportunity, each NYSMBKCN must also secure a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with a local postsecondary education institution(s) or a local business(es)/Community-based organization as a partner(s).

The public-school district partner must serve as the applicant/fiscal agent for this grant program.

Student Eligibility

For this grant opportunity, eligible students are 11th grade students with an emphasis on boys and young men of color, who are enrolled in any one of the NYSMBKCN(s) receiving this grant.

Amount of Funding

Available funding for March 2018 through December 2018 is expected to be $250,000, subject to legislative appropriation.

Mandatory Application Requirement(s)

Applications must include a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed by all partners (minimum of three, including Mayor or equivalent municipality elected official, Superintendent, and Postsecondary Institution Senior Administrator or local business/community-based organization) to be reviewed for consideration. Applications that do not include a MOA signed by all required partners will not be reviewed for consideration. Letters of support will not be accepted in lieu of a required partner’s signature on the MOA.

Application Deadline

Submit one original and two (2) paper copies (both the narrative application and the budget/budget narrative, and M/WBE documents) as well as one electronic copy of the complete application on CD, postmarked by March 9, 2018.

New York State Education Department
Attention: NYS Fellows Program Application
Office of Family and Community Engagement
89 Washington Ave., Rm. EBA 971
Albany, NY 12234


Guidance on the process and criteria for selecting the MBK Fellows will be provided through a webinar which will be presented on Thursday, January 25 at 3:30p.m. A recording of the webinar will also be posted no later than 1/29/18.

Questions and Answers

Questions regarding this grant must be submitted during the live webinar or e-mailed to kiap@nysed.gov by 1/26/18. A Q&A Summary will be posted here no later than 2/2/18

Application Due Date

Applications must be postmarked by March 9, 2018.

Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF Adobe PDF | Application in Word Word document Revised 2/16/18

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Last Updated: February 16, 2018