Fund for Children, Youth, and Families

The Greater Washington Community Foundation


Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $50,000

Deadline: Sep 24, 2018 1:59pm PDT

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Counties in Maryland: Charles County, Frederick County Expand all

Location of residency: District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Counties in Maryland: Charles County, Frederick County Expand all

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Overview:

Community Foundation for the National Capital Region

The mission of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region is to strengthen the Washington metropolitan region by encouraging and supporting effective giving and by providing leadership on critical issues in our community.  We are a community of givers, dedicated to inspiring and creating change across the Washington region and beyond.

Fund for Children, Youth, and Families Program Areas

The Fund for the Children, Youth and Families was established to invest in the betterment of underserved children, youth, and families across the greater Washington region. Specifically to invest in organizations achieving significant impact providing services and programming across the following program areas:

Stable Homes Stable Families 

Stabilizing families in crisis and moving them to self-sufficiency is critical to developing homes that can nurture and support children to their fullest potential. There are an overwhelming number of homeless families in the Washington Metropolitan Area that are in need of housing and services. Due to the challenges these families face, a wide array of supportive services are necessary to help them achieve lasting stability. The Fund for Children, Youth, and Families investments will target families who are homeless and those who are participating in housing-based service programs.

Foster Care and Adoption

There are more than 500,000 children in the foster care system across the United States and over one fifth of these children will never return home. Over 5,000 children are in foster care systems in the Washington Metropolitan Area. The Fund for Children, Youth, and Families investments will support children in the foster care system in two critical areas: promoting permanency and helping youth leaving the system to achieve self-sufficiency

Academic and Career Success

The Fund for Children, Youth, and Families will support the closing of academic achievement gaps that exist between students of color, low-income students and their peers through investments in early childhood education, academic achievement for school-age children, and college preparation and career training. The goal is to support programming preparing young people to become self-sufficient, to contribute to a changing world, and work for the betterment of the larger community

FFCYF Outcomes

The Fund for Children, Youth, and Families’ grantmaking efforts will be implemented using the Outcomes Funding Framework. The Framework includes outcomes across the following program areas: Stable Homes Stable Families, Foster Care and Adoption, Academic and Career Success.

Stable Homes Stable Families

  • Homeless families achieve stability and transition to permanent housing with the assistance of support services.
    • Programming placing homeless families in housing that lead to stabilization and producing positive outcomes.
  • Vulnerable families who are living in permanent housing and participating in resident services improve their personal and financial stability.
    • Programming helping low-income families achieve stability and overcome barriers to success, by providing housing based and resident services.
  • Low-income families at risk of losing their homes maintain their rental housing and improve their personal and financial stability.
    • Programming enabling low-income families experiencing personal and financial stress, to maintain rental housing and prevent homelessness. Particularly programming also helping families to resolve the problems resulting in their financial crisis.

Foster Care and Adoption

  • Foster children grow up in permanent, stable, loving families.
    • Programming working intensively to reunify families; recruit foster and adoptive parents; and place special needs children in adoptive homes.
    • Programming providing training, support, and respite care services for foster and adoptive parents.
    • Programming improving child welfare policy and practice via public awareness, education efforts, and training and development of child welfare professionals.
  • Foster youth have the life skills required to live independently, have a connection to a caring adult and are living in stable housing.
    • Programming helping youth leaving the foster care system to locate and sustain housing.
    • Programming connecting youth leaving the foster care system to caring adults providing the supports necessary for a successful transition from foster care to independent living

Academic and Career Success

  • Preschool children in low-income communities are prepared to be successful in school.
    • Programming preparing children to enter school ready to learn. Specifically, programming inclusive of the following components:
      • High quality early childhood education.
      • A comprehensive approach.
      • A stimulating, age-appropriate learning environment and curriculum.
      • Documented growth and development of each child.
      • Demonstrated ability to identify and address developmental challenges.
      • Parental engagement and support.
  • Children and youth in low-income communities demonstrate improved academic success.
    • Out-of-school time programming committed to improving the academic performance.
    • Out-of-school time programming offering: an engaging, research-based curriculum, monitoring student progress, including social and developmental activities, working in partnership with schools and parents, and are supported by caring adults committed children’s confidence in their capacity to excel academically will be successful in helping to improve academic performance.
    • Programming increasing student achievement by creating a pipeline of highly effective teachers and principals.
  • Young people from low-income communities enter college or career training programs.
    • Programming helping youth see college as a goal. Programming providing guidance, and support through the admissions process to ensure youth are prepared and supported through the admissions process.
    • Programming supporting students through college graduation.
    • Programming training youth for careers that will enable them to become independent and productive adults.

Types of Support

Program/project support

If your organization is seeking support for a program or project, it must address one or more of the Fund for Children, Youth, and Families’ Outcomes.

General operating support

If your organization is seeking general operating support, ALL of the organization’s programs must address one or more of the Fund for Children, Youth, and Families’ Outcomes

Grants Available

Applicant organizations may request between $5,000 to $50,000 for general operating support, or program/project support, which can include the following programming: direct service, advocacy, public awareness and education efforts.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Your organization is eligible to apply if:
    • The organization has a 501(c)(3) designation.
    • The organization’s funding request will address the Fund for Children, Youth, and Families (FFCYF) Outcomes.
    • FFCYF will consider funding requests for programming that will ONLY support children, youth, and/or families ONLY located in the following geographic areas:
      • District of Columbia
      • The Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudon and Prince William, and the Cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Manassas Park, and Leesburg in the Commonwealth of Virginia
      • The Counties of Charles, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s in the State of Maryland
      • Statewide efforts in Virginia
      • Statewide efforts in Maryland

Ineligibility:

  • Additionally, the Fund for Children, Youth, and Families will not fund organizations that discriminate in the provision of services or in employment practices based on race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, and any other characteristics protected by applicable law.
    • This policy does not prohibit funding of programs that meet specific needs of populations based on gender, age, disability, ethnicity or national origin.
    • By submitting a application your organization attests to this fact.


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