Poor and Needy Division Funding Announcement
We are pleased to announce our grants process for the February 14, 2017, grant application deadline. The Poor and Needy Division is committed to improving the quality of life and health of Forsyth County residents. We encourage grant applications from local organizations, as well as organizations located outside of Forsyth County, that work to serve under resourced individuals and areas in Forsyth County, North Carolina.
In this announcement we outline work we are interested in funding in our four core issue areas—community assets, education, health care and safety net. Early next year we will release a separate announcement for proposals pertaining to our cornerstone early childhood development initiative, Great Expectations. See the section below on Great Expectations to learn more about progress to date and future funding availability.
Funding in Core Issue Areas
The Trust is interested in grant applications in the Poor and Needy Division’s core Issue Areas, which are detailed below, that aim to improve residents’ health and quality of life.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 works to ensure that all children living in Forsyth County enter kindergarten ready to learn and leave set for success in school and life. We pledged to invest between $30 to $40 million dollars over 10 to 15 years and partner with a wide array of partners and practitioners in an aligned fashion.
Over the first year of our work with the community, we have made important progress by supporting efforts to improve family and early childhood development and education services, conduct home visits through the Forsyth Connects program at Novant Health to promote mother-baby health right from the start, and increase professional development opportunities for teachers and providers.
During the summer and fall of 2016, Great Expectations embarked on two listening and learning efforts to gain insights from parents and providers in our community. Forsyth Family Voices empowered and trained service providers from across the county to interview the parents and caregivers they serve about what families truly need to help their children succeed. The Early Childhood Service System Analysis, conducted in partnership with The Forsyth Promise, scanned the landscape to create a comprehensive map of all services that impact early childhood development so we could understand any gaps or needs for alignment.
Through these projects, we worked with 13 social service agencies to survey over 300 parents about what they need, and 77 programs shared data to identify critical gaps and align services. We see this process as the beginning of a continual cycle of learning--an ongoing dialogue that informs how we work together and how the early childhood system engages with families. The findings from these conversations will influence future Great Expectations efforts to support programs and policies that will have lasting impact. We believe this process will help all of us improve educational outcomes, foster equity, align efforts where they are needed most, and help every child—and ultimately our entire county—succeed.
Guided by what we’re learning from parents and the System Analysis, Great Expectations will announce funding guidelines for the next round of grants in early 2017. Information about our current projects can be found on the Great Expectations website.
The Trust will consider a limited number of capital requests (up to $350,000 per request) in our four core Issue Areas that tie 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.
Contact the Trust to Assess Funding Eligibility
To engage in an initial conversation about proposals for the February 2017 cycle, we ask all interested parties to contact our Program Coordinator Erin Yates at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 336-397-5521. Depending on fit with our issues, interests and strategies, we may then schedule an appointment for a formal advance consultation with you.
Please call as early as possible in the cycle to discuss whether or not your issue is a fit. We request that you call to discuss your idea and schedule an advance consultation well before February 3, 2017.
The grant application deadline is February 14, 2017, at 5:00 pm.