Foundation / Corporation
Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) and The Ford Family Foundation (TFFF)
Grants to Oregon and Siskiyou County, California nonprofits, public agencies, tribal governments, school districts, and colleges for out-of-school programs serving minority, low-income, and rural middle school-aged youth. Funding is intended to support organizations that allow staff to participate in a three-year, highly structured Learning Community focused on program quality improvement and evaluation capacity building.
The research-based Youth Program Quality (YPQ) framework outlines components of quality programs, including providing a safe and supportive environment, positive interaction with peers and adults, and youth engagement approaches that include opportunities for youth to plan and reflect. Use of the YPQ tools and training by out-of-school time programs has been shown to support the improvement of program quality and to lead to higher student engagement.
OCF and TFFF seek proposals from out-of-school time programs that wish to deepen the effectiveness of their current programs by joining an existing highly structured Learning Community focused on program quality improvement through the use of the YPQ tools. In addition, staff will engage in evaluation capacity building, strengthening efforts to gather and use program quality and other types of data to improve programs.
Grants can cover:
- Increased hours for permanent staff or hiring of temporary staff to free up permanent staff to participate in Learning Community, assessment, reflection, planning and program improvement implementation activities.
- Travel to all trainings and Learning Community activities (Learning Community expenses like materials, trainings, accommodations, and food will be covered directly by OCF and should not be in the proposal). Typically, travel costs to centrally-located trainings will be $300-$600/year.
- Direct costs associated with program improvement that are identified through the program quality assessment and subsequent action planning in the Learning Community. These exact costs are initially unknown, so it is fine if the budget line is vague.
- Other costs identified by the grantee that would be a barrier to full participation in the Learning Community and implementation of program quality improvement.
To deepen the quality of available out-of-school time programs, participating programs will engage with a program quality framework, receive related professional development, and build capacity for evaluation and organizational learning.
GrantWatch ID#: 134336
Grants ranging from $25,000 to $60,000 per year. Grant size may stay the same each year to support continued capacity to engage in the Learning Community activities.
Grants will be awarded for three years. Compliance with the expectations will be an eligibility condition for grant renewal in subsequent year.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Applications may be delivered by mail or dropped off in person to:
K-12 Student Success Initiative
1221 SW Yamhill, Suite 100
Portland OR 97205
Emailed application materials should be sent as one combined PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information on OCF’s K-12 Student Success program, contact:
Comet James, Program Associate for Grants and Scholarships
Belle Cantor, Program Officer for Education
USA: California: Siskiyou County; Oregon
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