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Strengthening Systems Grant

Grants to Charlottesville Area, Virginia Nonprofits, Agencies, and Religious
Entities that Connect People and Groups to Vital Resources and Services

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Charlottesville Area Community Foundation

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Grants to Charlottesville area, Virginia nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and religious entities to improve access to valuable resources and essential support needed by individuals or community groups. A concept paper is due prior to submitting a final application. The Foundation serves Charlottesville and the surrounding counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, and Orange.

The goal of the program is to work with partners to strengthen how services and activities are delivered and accessed in the community. Systemic limitations of insufficient capacity, lack of coordination, inefficiencies, and access barriers often keep community members from benefiting from programs and activities that are available. An underlying principle of this grant track is that the community is stronger when the systems in which services and activities occur are functioning well and community members can readily access them.

The Foundation aims to work with partners to clarify their systems, strengthen goals, and outline the course of action needed to achieve them in a 2-3 year period. The Foundation hopes to provide thought partnership and guidance through the proposal development phase, and for those selected for funding, the Foundation actively find ways to help them achieve program success.

This grant track is focused on improving systems delivery for the community, and not on strengthening internal systems within a single organization. The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation defines a “system” as the network of actors, policies, and practices affecting the provision of services and activities. Generally speaking, systems are the environment in which activities take place and they can shape how well those activities impact the people for whom they are intended to reach. Systems occur in every sector and in various forms.

The Grants Portfolio Committee uses the following criteria when evaluating proposed opportunities:
- The presence of a system to be strengthened and how well the concept being presented fits with the goals of the grant track.
- The size and scope of the system to be strengthened and whether the available funding could have an impact on the identified system.
- The potential to successfully develop a course of action to impact the identified system.
- The anticipated timeline and the partner’s current capacity to develop and implement a course of action to have the anticipated impact.

Additionally, the Committee considers the following areas when reviewing full proposals of finalists:
- Feasibility to implement the 2-3- year course of action
- Timing of this effort (circumstances that may significantly improve or limit chances of success)
- What specifically the grant funds will cover
- Potential impact of key deliverables
- Sustainability of the systems improvements after the grant period
- Designated measures and methodologies for proposal evaluation

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178337

Estimated Size of Grant:

While funding provided will vary according to program requirements, the Fund anticipates awarding grants in the range of $75,000-$100,000, annually, for 2-3 years, or up to $300,000 paid over 3 years.

Term of Contract:

Grants will be awarded annually, for 2-3 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization, governmental or religious entity, or fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization. The Foundation will consider applications from organizations working to benefit the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson and Orange.

Organizations can submit more than one concept note per cycle.

Pre-Application Information:

Concept Papers:
-The deadline to accept concept papers is February 1, 2019.
-Applicants should submit the 2-page concept paper that provides an initial overview of a Systems Strengthening opportunity to Eboni Bugg.

Full Proposal:
-The Foundation will review all concept papers and conduct further due diligence on a small group of finalists with a goal to ultimately select 1-2 programs to support. If an applicant's concept is selected as a finalist, the applicant will be asked to participate in at least one meeting with the Foundation's team to discuss the goals, strategy and the details of the full proposal package.
-The full proposal will be due on May 15, 2019 and the Foundation will communicate final decisions by June 15, 2019.

Contact Information:

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

Applicants should submit the 2-page concept paper to:

Eboni Bugg, Director of Programs
(434) 296-1024

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia: Charlottesville and the surrounding counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson and Orange