Summer Break Opportunity Youth Engagement Micro-Grant

Community Safety and Empowerment Officer

LaKenya Middlebrook
[email protected]
(865) 215-3155

400 Main St.
Knoxville, TN 37902

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  Application for Summer Break Opportunity Youth Micro-Grant [DOCX]

Program Guidelines [PDF]

Budget Sheet [EXCEL]

  Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6, 2023.
  2022 Spring Break & Summer Opportunity Youth Grants Impact Report [PDF]
The City of Knoxville recognizes that breaks in activities such as school and recreational programming provide opportunities to engage young people and provide expanded experiences that may not be feasible during regular programming hours. Connecting young people to positive networks and engaging them in opportunities associated with personal, community, and social development can begin the process of dismantling barriers to success, expanding perceptions of what is possible, and focusing on community strengths and assets. (Currie, Elliot. A Peculiar Indifference: The Neglected Toll of Violence on Black America. Metropolitan Books, 2020; 219-222.)

The City of Knoxville seeks to provide grant funding to non-profit and community-based organizations, including smaller organizations, capable of providing high-quality summer youth programming and/or summer youth employment in or around Knoxville. Proposals should specifically engage young people identified as being at highest-risk of involvement in violent crime based on Opportunity Youth criteria (see “How Funds Can be Used” section) during the week of Knox County Schools summer break.

The City of Knoxville has funding available in this round of grants to be awarded in June 2023 for programming carried out between June 5, 2023 and August 17, 2023. Awards may range between $3,000 - $20,000 and shall specifically support programming, stipends, payment, or other services directly for the Opportunity Youth engaged in programming.

This is a competitive process. Some applications may not be funded, and some may be only partially funded. Additionally, previously receiving funding does not guarantee selection for funding this cycle.

Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6, 2023. 

A post project report of the programs or activities administered, number and demographics of opportunity youth served, and impact of programming must be submitted at the end of the grant cycle. 

View program guidelines for full directions, terms and conditions.

Please read the entire program guidelines document before you start filling out your Application.

If you have a question or need help understanding these Guidelines or the Application,
call Mustafa Ali-Smith at 865-215-4429 or
LaKenya Middlebrook at 865-215-3155.