Local Impact Grant in Forsyth County

Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust


Grant amount: Up to US $350,000

Next deadline: Jul 17, 2018 (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Aug 14, 2018 2:00pm PDT (Full proposal), Jan 8, 2019 (Letter of inquiry), Feb 12, 2019 2:00pm PST (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program, Capital Project, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Forsyth County, North Carolina

Location of residency: North Carolina

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Overview:

NOTE: To engage in an initial conversation about proposal ideas for the February cycle, we request that all interested parties contact Program Coordinator. All university-affiliated inquiries must be pursued in consultation with your school’s Trust liaison. Depending on fit with issues, interests, and strategies, we may then schedule an appointment with you and your regional program officer.

Please call as early as possible in the cycle to discuss if your project is a fit. We request that you schedule an initial call well before the 'letter of inquiry' deadline above. Advance consultations must be scheduled and take place two to eight weeks prior to the 'full proposal' deadline.

Funding Interests in Core Issue Areas

The Trust is interested in grant applications in the Local Impact in Forsyth County program’s core issue areas, detailed below.

Community Assets 

  • Community Assets: Efforts to develop assets will be locally-sparked and must include multiple stakeholders with aspects that may include: food access, land use, mixed-use housing, playgrounds/ open spaces, safety, and transportation.

Education

  • Middle School Success: Efforts in middle school years to help students achieve academic success and to prepare them for high school graduation and beyond.
  • Post-secondary Completion: Programs and activities that enable individuals of all ages to seek post-secondary opportunities and that further support students already enrolled to successfully complete their courses of study. Post-secondary programs include community college, trade school, professional certification and licensure, apprenticeships, and four-year programs.

Health Care

  • Behavioral Health: Programs and activities that provide prevention, treatment, and recovery support in the fields of mental health and substance abuse. This includes integration with primary medical care.
  • Oral Health: Programs and activities that provide access to appropriate preventative and restorative dental health care.

Safety Net

  • Emergency Assistance: Priority will be given to proposals that provide assistance as a part of a coordinated community response and that are connected to a comprehensive system of services to prevent future crises.
  • Supportive Housing: Efforts to provide affordable housing for people who have experienced or are at-risk of experiencing homelessness that are combined with flexible, comprehensive services such as job training, substance abuse programs, and case management. These services address the reasons for housing loss and help people to live more stable, healthy lives.

Great Expectations

Great Expectations works to ensure all children living in Forsyth County enter kindergarten ready to learn and leave set for success in school and life. It is the leading edge of our Local Impact in Forsyth County program area work and represents a belief in community and a commitment to collaborating with local organizations and residents to develop solutions.

As we continue our strategic review to refine our Forsyth County funding interests, we are also considering how those funding interests align with our Great Expectations work.

Learning from the community and assessing our funding priorities go hand in hand. One cannot be done successfully without the other. What we are learning externally is helping to inform how we can work better and smarter long-term.

Finally, we continue to follow and be engaged in important local work to support young children, including The Forsyth Promise’s work to improve cradle-to-career community coordination; Project Impact’s investments to support the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system; Forsyth Connects’ universal home visiting program to ensure all new parents have access to early care and supports; and the exploration of Universal PreK in Forsyth County.

With that in mind, we remain interested in the following Great Expectations funding priorities:

Early Intervention and Health

  • Our learnings through Forsyth Family Voices reveal that too few children have access to the services they need, and too few parents are aware of the resources available to them. We have taken some critical first steps toward building a coordinated early childhood screening and referral system. We invested in the Forsyth Connects universal home visiting program at Novant Health’s Forsyth Medical Center, and in exploring Help Me Grow, which connects young children and their families with the services they need.
  • We are interested in proposals that increase access to health services and improve access to and coordination of developmental services for children. We are also interested in proposals that identify ways to ensure parents are aware of resources and options.

Access to Quality Childcare

  • In Forsyth County, approximately 70 percent of children age six and under are not in licensed childcare. The Trust will be releasing more information on what we’ve learned from this group of families and caregivers in the coming months.
  • We are seeking proposals that build upon the strengths of the families, friends, and neighbors caring for young children, and that explore innovative solutions to fostering equity in quality childcare—so it’s available and accessible to all families.

Birth-to-Eight Educational Alignment

  • The Early Childhood Service System Analysis identified the lack of alignment of efforts across early childhood programs in Forsyth County as a major concern. In addition, we are following state and national efforts to align early childhood and elementary education systems, designed to close later achievement gaps.
  • We are interested in proposals that foster birth-to-eight alignment, including data and evaluation strategies to measure progress across those systems.

As we continue to work to improve early childhood systems, we also recognize that children are part of families. Many of these families need economic supports and opportunities. We are willing to entertain proposals that support economic security and better alignment of services for under-resourced families in Forsyth County.

As a reminder, we encourage proposals that:

  • Strengthen our work with and on behalf of marginalized communities
  • Listen to the community and families
  • Engage unlikely partners

Types of Grants

Grant funds awarded by the Trust may support the following:

  • Capacity building (e.g. efforts to increase organizational and community effectiveness)
  • Direct services
  • Grassroots changes and systemic improvements
  • Program planning (e.g. development of specific operating programs)
  • Technical assistance (e.g. efforts to improve the capacity of grantees to achieve specific grant results)

Capital Funding: 

The Trust will consider a limited number of capital requests (up to $350,000 per request) in our four core issue areas, which relate to enhancing the quality of life for underserved residents in Forsyth County. The application must describe how the request to the Trust is critical for the implementation of the project and fits squarely within our funding interests.

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

Eligibility:

  • Partners The Trust will fund:
    • Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations
    • Governmental entities

Ineligibility:

  • If you are located or operating outside of North Carolina, we are unable to partner with you.
  • Organizations The Trust will not fund:
    • Individuals
    • Faith-based organizations without 501(c)(3)
    • Type III supporting organizations
    • Organizations providing pass-through funds to an ineligible organization


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