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Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Grants

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and the Southwest Florida Community Foundation

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #148459

Grant Description

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Grants to Southwest Florida non-profit organizations and units of government for critical social innovations that enhance quality of life in Lee, Charlotte, Hendry, Glades, and Collier Counties. Applicants must register by December 11 for the December 18 conference date; LOIs are due by January 6 for consideration.

The foundational criteria for selection include the highest professional standards, organizational effectiveness, and the capacity to fulfill the work for which support is sought. Projects and programs seeking financial support to address the region’s most pressing issues, including youth development and post-secondary education, climate change/adaptation and environment, economic development, and equitable services and access.

Project ideas and proposals must rely upon collaborative partnerships and participation in Southwest Florida Community Foundation led Social Innovation Lab (held on December 18).

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Non-profit organizations exempt from Federal income taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and units of government are eligible [(c)(4) and (c)(6) agencies are not eligible], this includes faith-based organizations.

Applicants must be located in and primarily serve residents of Lee, Charlotte, Hendry, Glades, and Collier Counties.

Eligible organizations must be governed by a volunteer board of directors with at least 5 unrelated members.

Not Funded:
-Capital Projects
-Political Campaigns
-Lobbying or similar activities
-Organizations with politically conservative viewpoints
-Projects to advance a particular religion or faith

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants must sign up for iLab no later than Thursday, December 11, 2014. Register here:

iLab will be held on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at Miromar Design Center (10800 Corkscrew Rd; Estero, FL 33928).

iLab is a learning event meant to expose regional leaders to great ideas and best practices by focusing on designing collaborative projects.

Click here to view FAQ’s and Agenda:

Pre-Application Information:

1) Letter of Idea Round (December 19, 2014 – Tuesday, January 6, 2015):

Agency leaders interested in receiving a grant through the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Fund must submit a LOI (Letter of Idea). This is not a full traditional RFP, but a one page snapshot of your program/project idea that addresses the following:

-The change you want to see from the project (overall objective/end outcome)
-Smaller changes that need to be made to reach the goal (intermediate outcomes)
-Project strategy for making progress toward the change (activities)
-Project team members and their roles
-Other resources needed to implement the strategy

2) Compassionate Shark Tank (Thursday, January 22, 2015):

LOIs will be narrowed based on alignment with the RRFF priorities and the top collaborative project partners will be invited to the Compassionate Shark Tank. Applicants will be asked to prepare a three (3) minute presentation for the panel. The panel will then ask any questions that arise from the LOI and presentation.

Note: Because of the condensed timeline for this funding opportunity, there is not a significant amount of time between notification and presentation. We strongly encourage all applicants submitting an LOI to prepare for the Compassionate Shark Tank presentation.

3) Request for More Information (Monday, February 2, 2015):

Projects that advance from the Compassionate Shark Tank round will be invited to submit more information to complete the
application process and answer additional questions that emerged during their three minute presentations. All RFMI’s will be due by Friday, February 13, 2015.

4) Participants Notified (Tuesday, March 24, 2015):

Recommendations by the Southwest Florida Community Foundation will be submitted to the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation for final award determination.

5) Launch of Southwest Florida Community Foundation Grant Tribe (May 2015)

If you receive a grant through this program, you will join the Grant Tribe. The Tribe meets for 9 months and becomes a learning community that focuses on programmatic and organizational best practices, leader development and outcomes-based results. Program accountability and reporting occur throughout the year in order to ensure program integrity and effectiveness.

Contact Information:

Sarah Owen, President & CEO
(239) 274-5900 x229

Southwest Florida Community Foundation
8771 College Parkway
Building 2, Suite 201
Fort Myers, FL 33919

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