Request for Statements of Interest for Capacity Building Incubator

16 October 2020

Today, the Osborne Association announced the West Harlem Capacity Building Incubator. The project, funded through a grant from the Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (CJII), will offer annual grants of $20,000 per year for three years to three local organizations in the West Harlem area that are working to build up the local community. Grantees will also receive monthly training and technical assistance to support their growth and organizational development. CJII funding is provided through a special project that the Manhattan District Attorney's office launched in 2015 to invest funds in projects that will improve public safety and promote a fair and efficient criminal justice system.

October 16, 2020

This incubator is part of the West Harlem Restoration Reentry Project, created in response to a 2014 West Harlem law enforcement intervention that resulted in the arrest of 103 people in the Manhattanville and Grant Houses and the surrounding area. In 2019, in partnership with the Tayshana Chicken Murphy Foundation and the Living Redemption Youth Opportunity Hub, Osborne was selected to administer this project to provide direct services in the community such as restorative justice and credible messenger services and individualized and group reentry support to individuals returning home from prison. 

Osborne's goal with this capacity-building incubator is to strengthen the capacity of organizations in West Harlem that contribute to building the resources of the local community, specifically in the areas of Manhattanville Houses, Grant Houses, and Manhattan Avenue. According to Project Director Thomas Ryer, "The incubator will allow West Harlem community-based organizations to strengthen their operations, receive substantive technical assistance and training, and bolster their efforts to improve healing, wellness, resources, and safety in our community. Osborne is excited to announce this project to work with West Harlem groups who are doing the work to address this community's most urgent challenges."

Osborne invites applications to the Incubator from:

  • Non-profit or for-profit entities that provide services to support the West Harlem community. Formal organizational status is not required. As part of the technical assistance process, we can provide assistance in formalizing 501c3 status or other recognized organizational status.
  • Organizations that are working to support the local West Harlem community. Some examples include organizations that provide employment to formerly incarcerated individuals and their families, social service providers, educational supports, housing providers, wellness services, trauma-informed services, mentoring programs, or violence interrupters. Eligible organizations are not limited to these categories. Any organization or company that can describe how their work contributes to the community is welcome and encouraged to apply.
  • Organizations with an annual budget under $500,000 with a preference for smaller organizations.

Statements of Interest are due by Friday, November 13, 2020, at 5:00 EST. You can see the full application schedule and read the complete RFP at www.osborneny/about/incubator.