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2018 Grant Cycle

Grants to Missouri and Illinois Nonprofits for Youth, Veterans,
Seniors, and Immigrants in the Greater St. Louis Area

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Daughters of Charity Foundation of Saint Louis

Deadline Date:

08/01/18 11:59 PM


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Grants to Missouri and Illinois nonprofits in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area for capacity building and for projects and programs that protect the dignity of individuals who are poor and vulnerable. The focus areas include immigrant and refugee support, veterans, youth empowerment and human trafficking prevention, and senior citizen services. Nonprofits must be located in the Counties of Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Madison, Macoupin, Monroe, Jersey, St. Clair in Illinois; and Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Warren and Washington in Missouri.

The Foundation provides funding for projects through the Capacity Building Grants Program and Responsive Grants Program.

Capacity Building Grants: CBG grants are intended to help nonprofits within the DCFSL focus area make long-term improvements in their management, governance, or organizational capacity. Applications for capacity building activities could include:
- Organizational Assessment
- Strategic planning
- Financial assessment, planning andmanagement, including cash flow, - budget development, financial controls
- Evaluation assessment and planning
- Program Development
- Communications and marketing, including Website development, public relations, brand development, use of social media
- Resource development and fundraising
- Human resources, including professional development, succession planning, staffing structure, assessment, and retention
- Information systems management, including technology enhancements– not hardware
- Board development including assessment, recruitment, training, and structuring
- Restructuring and building relationships with other nonprofit organizations to strengthen service delivery, merge/closure, share resources, etc.
- Leadership development including executive coaching

CBG Eligible Expenses:
The CBG Program is intended to provide funding support for consultant fees and directly related costs, e.g., material resources, travel, overnight lodging that is essential to the project. In addition, support can include training fees, information technology, staffing, and other costs directly related to capacity building activities. A student intern working directly with this project may be considered.

Responsive Grants:
Responsive Grants fall into three types; applicants will be instructed to select one:
- Program or Project: A Program is an organized set of services designed to achieve specific outcomes for a specified population that will continue beyond the grant period. A Project is a planned undertaking or organized set of services designed to achieve specific outcomes that are time-limited. (Note: A successful project may become an ongoing program of the organization.)
- General Operating Support: Grant funds are available to support the ongoing services, mission or goals of an organization within our focus areas. To be eligible, 100% of the organization's programs must serve the selected focus area.

The application must meet the Foundation's Eligibility Requirements and filing deadline, and must be for support of a project in one of the focus areas of community need:
Immigrants and Refugees:
- Funding includes interpretation services utilizing native-born interpreters, legal assistance, housing and employment services, and programs that help low-income immigrants to overcome barriers to justice.
- Training programs that help health and social service providers engage effectively with immigrant and refugees are also funded.

Seniors Living Independently:
Funding to address one of the five following areas will be considered:
1. Adult Day Care and Respite Services
- Home-based services have been found to assist older persons age in place significantly longer than without the services, as well as improving health, safety, wellness and overall quality of life. These services are targeted to seniors who are poor and cost-burdened, experiencing difficulties that if neglected, would predictably lead to diminished functioning in basic activities of daily living. When this progression reaches a threshold of endangering the senior's health, safety and/or well-being, it can trigger removal from the home and placement in a structured living situation.
- Funding includes care and supervision, small group and individual activities, case management, family counseling, and assistance with activities of daily living. Respite care provides short-term breaks for primary caregivers by providing trained individuals who come into the home to provide personal care while the primary caregiver runs errands, takes a break or a vacation. In some circumstances, funding can include non-medical services delivered in the home for selective homemaker and/or personal care services for seniors with functional disabilities.

2. Care Coordination/Case Management (CC)
- Care Coordination/Case Management is defined as the organized implementation of a customized course of action determined for a person's unique medical care and social support needs. These services help guide older adults through often fragmented systems of care and available services so they can make the most informed decisions that will lead to a healthier more dignified independence.
- Funding includes a formal process to conduct an individual assessment, identification of areas for assistance, assistance to client in addressing areas identified, follow up, and evaluation.

3. Home Repairs
- As older adults continue to age, many also desire to continue living independently in their own homes, or "age in place." Successful components of aging in place include independence, safety, and comfort—with the individual's home being closely tied to each. Substandard housing, poverty, and crime are all unfortunate circumstances that exist in the St. Louis Region. Leaking roofs, inadequate siding, porches that obstruct or prevent access into and out of a home, and insufficient heating and cooling all contribute to unsafe living situations. An individual's ability to manage their own home repairs might be hindered due to age-related declines, leaving low-income and disabled seniors with the overwhelming burden of costly maintenance and repairs and threatening their ability to live safely and independently in their own home. Providing minor home repairs to seniors can prevent homelessness and unsafe living conditions, support successful aging, and encourage seniors to re-engage in their communities.
- Funding includes home repair programs that are assisting low income seniors with obtaining minor home repairs. Home repairs should be for homeowners only. Minor home repair is defined as basic plumbing, carpentry, and electrical needs, the installation of assistive devices or any non-major cost repair critical to the safety and health of the senior. The agency must have a history of running a home repair program.

4. Transportation
- Transportation is a determinant of health according to the World Health Organization because of the role it plays in independence and how it shapes individuals access to resources. As such, transportation can be the major factor in a senior’s access to the resources and services necessary to continue living independently at home. Seniors who do not have reliable and affordable transportation options are more likely to experience increased isolation and deteriorating physical and mental health. Transportation for seniors improves their quality of life by providing connections to the community, resulting in maintained health and wellness and sustained independence.
- Funding includes established transportation programs that are assisting low income seniors with their transportation needs. Transportation programs with” doors through door” assistance will be given preference over programs that stop at the curb. Programs that are directed specifically for seniors will be given preference over programs that include a broader population.

5. Senior Oral Health Literacy
- Oral health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic oral health information and services needed to make appropriate oral health decisions, and it is an important component of oral health care for seniors. A lack of oral health literacy can significantly affect oral health care as well as overall health.
- Adults ages 65 and older make up the fastest growing segment of the American population, and today's seniors are more likely to retain their dentition, meaning they are at a greater risk for oral diseases. Because of their age, seniors often face a host of conditions that make oral health even more critical. Approximately 30% of all prescriptions are dispensed to seniors 65 and older with as many as 95% causing oral side effects such as dry mouth, soft tissue lesions, taste changes, gingival growth, burning oral sensations, and increased tooth decay. Many older adults also have receding gums which can result in decay along the gum line and poor diet can contribute further to dental diseases in seniors.
- Funding will focus on education and prevention for older individuals and their caregivers about the importance of dental care in maintaining independence and prevent premature illness or death.

Funding priority is given to the following specific areas of need:
1. Mental Health: Efforts in mental health that are of interest to DCFSL include:
- Traditional and nontraditional mental health services, such as counseling/therapy, art therapy, writing programs, animal therapy, mindfulness, etc.
- Gender-specific or family-targeted programs and services

2. Sense of Purpose and Connection: Efforts of interest to DCFSL around Veterans’ Sense of Purpose and Connections, include:
- Programs that connect veterans with one another as well as with civilians to build a greater awareness of opportunities and interests in the areas of work, education, service and/or hobbies.
- Employment and education efforts to attract, support, engage and accommodate veterans
- Programming that assists veterans in finding or developing a sense of purpose through employment, education, service, hobby, etc.

3. Legal Services: Legal efforts of interest to DCFSL include:
- Legal help in the areas of discharge upgrades, municipal and family law
- Supporting pro-bono legal services for post-9/11 veterans
- Use of comprehensive, holistic efforts and case management services when helping post-9/11 veterans with legal services

4. Veteran Family Support: Family support efforts of interest to DCFSL include:
- Mental health services for spouses, children, parents and families of post-9/11 veterans
- Support services for families during and post-deployment, and when veterans returns home
- Programming for families to better understand the military to civilian transition and
- Caregiver support
- Child care assistance

5. Other Critical Needs: There are many critical needs of post-9/11 veterans, and while the DCFSL cannot fund them all, other areas of support that will be considered on a case-by-case basis include:
- Helping veterans understand, navigate and access VA services or other community services
- Providing assistance for homeless veterans via support services, case management and/or transitional and long-term supportive housing communities
- Dental health care needs of post-9/11 veterans
- Community education and advocacy about and on behalf of post-9/11 veterans
- Collaboration across service providers for post-9/11 veterans to enhance services for those not eligible for or able to access VA assistance

Youth Empowerment and Human Trafficking:
The focus areas eligible for human trafficking funding are prevention, training and education, and survivor services.
- Prevention Programming: Prevention should be viewed across a spectrum of first-time prevention, intervention and survivor services to prevent first-time and re-entry, and a systems-based approach to tackling CSEC risk factors. While both high-risk and lower-risk youth will benefit from prevention and awareness efforts, prevention for those youth at higher risk of CSEC should be a priority. This includes a focus on addressing the key risk factors that create greater youth vulnerability to sex trafficking such as poverty, homelessness, family instability, racism, etc.

- Training and Education: Sex trafficking victims undergo significant trauma and victimization, so training is needed for social service and health care providers as well as law and order professionals on how to best engage them at the ground level. Training and education for those who are the first point of contact with sex trafficking victims or potential victims will help ensure that trafficking cases are properly identified and managed, so that chances for a victim to receive necessary help and for a trafficker to be properly prosecuted are increased. Training is needed to shift from treating a trafficked individual as a criminal to recognizing them as a victim as well as learn how to better interact and engage with young people. There is no one-size-fits-all training model. Ideally, training should be relational in nature and customized to the specific group being trained. This type of training has already occurred in several organizational departments within the health care and law enforcement sectors, but it needs to continue with stakeholder groups across the region in a consistent and ongoing manner.

- Survivor Services: Programs exclusively for sex trafficking survivors are in demand, especially more bed space that is safe and accessible immediately for the youth including the LGBTQ individuals and males. Services include securing mental health and psychiatric care for victims, particularly those with substance abuse issues, which have to be treated first. Survivor services should incorporate promising practices for survivor intervention and recovery. Promising practices for survivor services include: survivor led, developed and/or informed programming, trauma-informed care, peer to peer support, culturally competent services and providers, survivor-specific services, listening to youth voices, and engaging with them respectfully. Residential programming that includes many of the above promising practices has also shown greater success with survivor recovery than outpatient care.

All proposals with a Human Trafficking focus should reflect an understanding of the following in the program design:
1. Address prevention from a holistic, all-inclusive perspective, which should include primary, secondary and tertiary prevention with a more targeted focus on the highest-risk youth populations—African American girls, LGBTQ youth, homeless youth, Latina youth, low-income youth, immigrant and refugee youth, youth aging out of foster care and in foster care, etc.
2. Address the prevention of first-time trafficking and/or re-entry.
3. Address the systemic risk factors of sex trafficking as an important part of the prevention ecology (i.e., poverty, racism, homelessness, poor performing schools, among others).
4. Collaborate across stakeholder groups, particularly those who work directly with high-risk youth and youth survivor populations such as middle and high schools, to engage willing youth (survivors, at-risk, homeless, etc.) to share their experiences and insights regarding CSEC and its prevention. What would be of the greatest help to them regarding sex trafficking prevention? How can youth be involved in prevention? Youth must be included in the dialogue and development of trafficking prevention efforts, as well as in the intervention.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167865

Estimated Size of Grant:

The CBG award limit is $20,000. This can be combined with a responsive grant application, however, the total amount requested of DCFSL in one year must not exceed $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant awards are available for a 12-month period. The grant period starts November 1 and ends on October 31 of the following year.

The Foundation may consider three-year grants. Three year grants are given by invitation only and based on the following: funds available, the DCFSL Board of Directors' interest in a focus area, and grantee history with the Foundation including its proven effectiveness and ability to demonstrate impact.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Responsive Grants Eligibility:
Any applicant organization must:
- Have 501(c)(3) or other nonprofit status.
- Be located in the 16-county St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area.
- Be willing to avoid participating in, contributing to, or promoting activities contrary to Catholic Church Moral Teachings.
- Follow DCFSL Outcome Indicators and Activities. Please see the DCFSL User's Guide for examples.
- Support one of the Foundation focus areas of Immigrants & Refugees, Seniors Living Independently, Veterans, or Human Trafficking Prevention.

The DCFSL Veteran focus area is intended for community-based, nonprofit organizations that offer support and services to post-9/11 US Veterans and their families.

Future grant applications will not be considered until the 12-month grant period is completed and the final status report has been received and approved by our staff.

What the Foundation does not fund:
- Major capital expenditures such as construction, acquisition or renovation of facilities, equipment or major technology
- Endowments, scholarships, or tuition
- Projects where the Foundation would be the principal source of support
- Grants to individuals, units of government or government agencies
- Annual appeals, membership drives, or fundraising campaigns
- Event sponsorships
- Partisan political advocacy or for lobbying purposes
- Programs or projects that result in duplication of services
- Organizations or projects that use grant funds to make grants to other organizations
- Projects that fall outside the ethical and religious directives of the Catholic Church (see Catholic Moral Teachings)
- Loans
- Operational emergency funds
- Research: academic, scientific and medical

CBG Requirements:
- The applicant must be a previous or current grantee of DCFSL.
- Minimum annual budget of $75,000 per year for the last three (3) years.

CBG Ineligible Expenses:
Examples of expenses that are not eligible for support under this program are as follows
- Engagement of consultant to implement programming related to the project
- Rental Fees
- Lodging for Employees or Board Members
- Software that is more than 15% of total amount requested.
- Printing of general program-related materials, i.e., annual reports
- Consultant travel from outside Missouri

CBG will not fund
- Renovations or capital improvements
- Financial deficits
- One-time events that do not build long-term capacity (such as fundraising events or conferences).

Pre-Application Information:

Before a CBG application is submitted, DCFSL staff and the executive director must first discuss the purpose, expectations, and process for requesting capacity building support.

The foundation has two grant cycles—Spring and Fall. The application for the Fall 2018 Grant Cycle is now open! Applications are due by August 1, 2018. Deadlines for Proposals are 11:59pm.

Spring Cycle
February 1 is the deadline for online submittal of an application. The grant period starts May 1 and ends on April 30 of the following year.

Fall Cycle
August 1 is the deadline for online submittal of an application. The grant period starts November 1 and ends on October 31 of the following year.

Within two weeks of the Board meeting, prospective grantees are notified by letter of the decision on whether their application was approved or declined.

The Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis (DCFSL) is committed to the measurement and evaluation of its impact on the poor and underserved and on the community at large. To support this commitment, DCFSL staff, in cooperation with the Board of Directors and the Program Committee, has determined procedures and practices to integrate the evaluation of outcomes and impact of all their grantees into their own impact measurement system.

This requires all applicants to select from a set of DCFSL Outcomes and Indicators to ensure: 1) alignment of their work with the Foundation’s mission and 2) alignment and participation in impact measurement within the Foundation’s overall efforts. It also requires that all grantees systematically evaluate their progress toward these Outcomes and Indicators to the best of their ability and in compliance with the DCFSL online grant management system. Applicants are also expected to identify a minimum of two organization-defined set of outcomes and indicators that are specific to the programs and services for which they are seeking funding. Grantees are required to provide documentation to support the outcomes/results that are reported to DCFSL.

Please refer to the DCFSL User's Guide for more information.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application:

Amber Lewis, Assistant
(314) 733-6500

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Madison, Macoupin, Monroe, Jersey, and St. Clair Counties;   Missouri: Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Warren, and Washington Counties