New DOJ My Brother’s Keeper Rule Means Almost No Black Orgs Can Participate

Source: Lauren Victoria Burke / Politic365

Who Will Be Able to Participate in My Brother’s Keeper? A letter sent to the Obama Administration expressed concerns that a new grant requirement in the My Brother’s Keeper initiative would effectively exclude almost all African American social, civic and mentoring organizations from participating.

The new rule (at bottom) requirement for My Brother’s Keeper grant eligibility states that applicants must be “national organizations defined as having active chapters or subawardees in at least 45 states.”

A letter expressing concern over the change, written by the national President of 100 Black Men of America, Inc., states that  President Obama originally announced on February 24, 2014 that a group must have a “active presence” in 30 states — not 45.  Brown’s letter requests a reversal of the rule change.

The change from 30 to 45 states would effectively mean that almost no Black civic, social or mentoring organizations, other than perhaps the NAACP, would be eligible for funding under My Brother’s Keeper.  Only the NAACP has a “active presence” in at least 45 states.

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  • http://www.letitbefunky.tumblr.com Funky Blue Rooster

    the title is misleading or written with a slant. I can see why they have to make that mandate, but black organizations were not singled out. We just need to move the needle to fit the state mandate.

  • http://www.letitbefunky.tumblr.com Funky Blue Rooster

    the title is misleading or written with a slant. I can see why they have to make that mandate, but black organizations were not singled out. We just need to move the needle to fit the state mandate.

  • Andre Robertson

    Not only is congress not going to authorize a dime for this initiative but, there are artificial barriers in place to prevent the very people who know their own communities best from receiving grants. Being a national org somehow makes you more qualified to serve diverse African American communities rather than a local Community based organization. GTFOH!!!

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