FCYO’s Learning & Exchange Fund: Inviting Youth Organizing Groups from U.S.

The Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO) is inviting applications for Learning & Exchange Fund (2018 – 2019) to support in-person organizational learning and relationship building between youth organizing groups across the U.S., helping to foster important connections sparked during their Youth CORE National Convenings and elsewhere, and support learning and strategy development opportunities with peer organizations.

FCYO encourages applicants to develop a plan to share their learnings with the broader youth organizing field and will engage with participants who are interested in sharing key lessons learned through field-wide webinars, journey stories or sessions at FCYO’s National Youth CORE convening.

FCYO launched the Learning and Exchange Fund (LEF) in 2016 as a part of its Youth Community Organizing Resource Exchange (Youth CORE) – a larger FCYO initiative that has a principal goal of building a more powerful, interconnected youth organizing field in the United States.


The FCYO Learning and Exchange Fund will award grants up to $5,000 for youth organizing groups that articulate clear learning goals for Peer-to-Peer Learning Exchange projects with other organizing entities. Organizations that would like to learn from each other’s model and/or strategies will receive grant support to engage in a shared learning activity. Larger grants will be considered for multi-group collaborations. Applicants should be clear about what they hope to learn from the exchange and the level of commitment they have from potential partners. Groups are not required to name their potential partners as part of their proposal, however groups that have already established a connection with or a commitment from their desired partners will be given greater preference.


Examples of the kind of activities they hope to support:

  • A visit to another youth organizing group to learn about their model
  • Bringing together multiple youth organizing groups to learn about and discuss a particular topic
  • Convening a set of youth organizing groups to develop shared strategy and deepen alignment

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must:
    • Actively engage low-income young people and/or young people of color in organizing collective action for social, economic, or racial justice. FCYO is focused on young people ages 13-18 but will consider proposal from groups working with 18-25-year-olds as well.
    • Involve young people in the leadership of the organization.
    • Be a 501c3 or have a fiscal agent which is a 501c3 entity. Organizations without non-profit status or a fiscal agent should contact us to discuss possible options.
  • Preference will be given to projects that:
    • Have clear learning goals and can demonstrate how learning or exchange will strengthen and advance the organization’s work
    • Already have buy in from each group participating in the exchange
    • Strengthen strategic alignment and deepen relationships of multiple youth organizing groups
    • Are anchored by groups that have a track record for successfully engaging young people in organizing for social justice
    • Demonstrate how learning or exchange opportunity will hone ability to increase power and/or engage significant numbers of marginalized young people for the long term
    • Include groups currently not part of an existing FCYO cohort

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

Deadline: 14 December 2018

For more information, please visit FCYO.