Kids' Way Mini Grant RFP -
Applications Due August 3, 2012 5:00pm MST
The United Way of El Paso County Kids' Way Fund is cooperative relationship between the United Way of El Paso County and the Region 19 Head Start Program. Developed in 1999, the program was initiated to teach El Paso's young children the value of philanthropy. Since the program's inception, more than $40,000 has been raised by Head Start children and their parents through various fund raising efforts, including the notable Pennies for Change collection.
Kids' Way grants provide support for a program or project that directly impact children and/or youth in one of the United Way of El Paso County's three impact areas:
- Basic Needs
United Way of El Paso County has three volunteer Community Impact Committees (CIC) -- one for each impact area. Each CIC is chaired by a member of the United Way's Board of Directors. Applications will be reviewed and approved by the Education, Basic Needs or Education CIC.
Who is eligible to Apply?
- 501(c)3 Agencies or Organizations
- Local School Districts, Private, and Parochial Schools
Guiding principles when considering requests for funding:
- Program/Project should have a direct impact on children and/or youth.
- Proposals should be clearly linked to the mandate and strategic plans of the organization.
- Proposals should build on the strengths of the community to respond to identified issues and priorities.
- There should be evidence of collaboration with the community and/or other agencies in the field, as appropriate.
- Significant and appropriate support from the local community, including other funding sources, should be evident.
- Program/Project should use, enhance, mobilize or expand the skills, capacities and assets of local people and their community.
- The applicant organization must demonstrate fiscal responsibility and effective management.
- The applicant organization should demonstrate inclusiveness and respect for cultural diversity.
- Where appropriate, those affected by the proposed initiative should be involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of the proposal.
- The organization should demonstrate a commitment to the project through a meaningful contribution of its own human and/or financial resources.
- Projects that will be ongoing after the end of the grant should provide realistic plans for longer-term funding.
Based on Kids' Way funds available, average allocation will be between $1,000 and $2,500 per program/project.
United Way of El Paso County will not consider requests for multi-year funding for initiatives or activities that may take longer than one year to fully develop, and/or to achieve/document results that are meaningful, or to build sustainability.
What Kids' Way Fund Will Not Support:
- An agency/organization's ongoing operational or core expenses
- Retroactive funding, or for any project expenses to be incurred prior to the CIC's decision
- Travel to/attendance at conferences, competitions, symposia or annual events
- Office equipment and furniture
- Activities of religious organizations that serve primarily their membership and/or their direct religious purposes, unless the community at large will benefit significantly
- Sabbatical leaves, student exchanges
- League-based sports and recreational programs
- Academic or dissertation research
- Endowment matching grants
- Scholarships and Awards
- Programs currently funded by the United Way El Paso County's Community Impact Fund
Kids' Way Fund will not make grants to:
- agencies that have not been in existence less than two years
- individuals or businesses
To Submit your Application:
Please submit application electronically to Jason Brewer - email@example.com
by 5:00pm on Friday, August 3, 2012.
For more information about the Kids' Way Program please contact:
Jason Brewer, VP of Marketing and Community Building
915.533.2434 ext. 236