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FLEX Grants Program

Grants to Hawaii Nonprofits, Schools, Churches, and
Groups for Unrestricted Organizational Support

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF)

Conf. Date:

04/25/18

Deadline Date:

05/30/18 4:00 PM HST

Description:

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Grants to Hawaii nonprofit organizations, community groups, church programs, and schools to benefit local communities. Applicants are advised that registration in the online application portal may take up to two days to complete. This program offers unrestricted support for high-performing nonprofits achieving results in the community.

Types of Grants:

-FLEX Grants Program - For Nonprofits with Annual Operating Budgets of $250,000 and above

-FLEX Grants Program - Small - For Nonprofits with Annual Operating Budgets of less than $250,000

-FLEX Grants Program - Micro - For Nonprofits with Annual Operating Budgets of less than $100,000, fiscally-sponsored organizations, community-serving groups, a program of a church, or a project of a Hawai‘i DOE school

About the FLEX Grants Program and Small Grants:

National surveys of nonprofits rate unrestricted or flexible support as one of the most important types of funding needed to support nonprofit work and improve results. Unrestricted support allows an organization to prioritize its own needs and respond to unforeseen needs or opportunities. Funds may be used for a variety of purposes including administrative costs, capacity building, program expenses, evaluations or salaries.

The Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF) understands that unrestricted funding is important for nonprofits to thrive, and that unrestricted funds given to high-performing nonprofits lead to better and/or more results. The Foundation believes that the best investment of scarce resources is an investment in those organizations that achieve results for their community.

FLEX is supported by multiple current and past donors through the Hawai‘i Community Foundation. Nonprofits will be considered for funding based on each individual fund’s preferences. Information submitted in the “Organization & Program Profile,” as well as responses to the narrative questions, allows HCF to match applicants with appropriate funds.

About Micro Grants:

The Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF) believes that a wide range of nonprofit organizations benefit the communities and natural surroundings throughout Hawai‘i. While many nonprofits are large and operate on several islands, many others are much smaller, working with smaller budgets, supporting smaller areas, or addressing a single need in the community. Though small, these organizations are able to achieve results in the community, making a difference to the people and places they serve.

As such, HCF is pleased to release a new FLEX Request for Proposals (RFP) to support the efforts of small, effective, organizations and programs. In doing so, the Foundation expects that organizations with operating budgets of less than $100,000, that previously applied to the FLEX Small Groups program, will be more competitive in a category specifically designed for their unique challenges and opportunities.

Criteria for Review – The ARC of Change:

HCF believes that high performing organizations achieve greater results in the community. Through research and experience, the Foundation has developed the CHANGE framework that identifies six characteristics the Foundation believes are exhibited by those organizations. They are: being connected to community, having healthy finances, being accountable to results, being networked with other organizations, having great governance and leadership, and having effective programs and services.

The Foundation has revised the CHANGE framework to the ARC of Change, to reflect the movement and energy of high performing organizations, and to capture the transformative work that accelerates change through greater community impact. The ARC of Change incorporates the merits of the CHANGE framework within three core characteristics: Accountable, Results-Oriented, and Connected to Community. The strongest proposals will be those that align with the ARC of Change, as defined below:

-Accountable – to funders, supporters, staff, and community by being operationally efficient through healthy finances and strong leadership.

-Healthy Finances: balanced financial model that reflects funding that is repeatable and reliable; support from a diversity of sources appropriate to the sector; articulation of a realistic financial model

-Great Governance and Leadership: leadership that assesses alignment of mission with scale and activities of the organization; board and staff roles that are clearly defined in the governance of the organization; leadership decisions that are rooted in data

-Results oriented – striving to achieve results that are identifiable, measurable, and demonstrate progress.

-Accountable to Results: explaining and documenting community results using data; using data to make decisions to achieve better or more results; articulating the difference being made with the results being achieved

-Effective Programs and Services: articulating a rationale for programs for the community served; articulating a theory of change or logic model; learning about field research and best practices nationally and/or locally; using or adapting evidence informed practices for local culture

-Connected – engaged in the community and networked with other organizations

-Connected to Community: addressing a compelling community need identified through data and active community engagement; and regularly gathering information or feedback

-Networked with Other Organizations: seeking partnerships and collaborations with other organizations to better fulfill mission; engaging in peer learning, including sharing data and experiences

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181106

Estimated Size of Grant:

FLEX Grants Program: Amounts awarded are up to 20% of an organization’s most recently completed annual budget and will typically not exceed $50,000.

FLEX Grants Program - Small: Grants will typically not exceed $20,000.

FLEX Grants Program - Micro: Grants will typically not exceed $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants are generally awarded for one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

FLEX Grants Program:

This RFP is for organizations with annual operating budgets of $250,000 or more.

Additional eligibility requirements for this RFP are:

1. The organization must have a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status for a minimum of two (2) years. For-profit organizations are not eligible to apply. Organizations with fiscal sponsors are not eligible to apply through this RFP.

2. The organization must provide services in the State of Hawai‘i, and have been providing those services in Hawai‘i for a minimum of 2 years. FLEX does not fund the start-up of projects or organizations.

3. Organizations with multiple branches or chapters may only submit one application for its organization.

4. If you are an organization whose primary purpose is to raise funds to support a charitable organization, you are eligible to apply for a grant to support your own organization, or the organization you support, but not both. Additionally, funding cannot be requested on behalf of a charter school. You will be asked to specify for which organization you are requesting funding; your narrative responses in the application and attachments should reflect the same. Applications that are unclear in their responses may not receive a favorable review or may be administratively denied.

5. Organizations currently funded by HCF with overdue final reports are not eligible to apply.

6. If your organization received a FLEX or Community Grant in 2017, you must complete the online reporting survey by May 16, 2018 in order to be eligible for a 2018 FLEX grant. Please see your 2017 FLEX or Community Grant Award letter for details.

7. FLEX does not fund government organizations, including the University of Hawai‘i. However, individual projects of Hawai‘i Dept. of Education schools may be eligible under the FLEX Grants Program – Micro RFP for organizations with operating budgets of $100,000 or less.

FLEX Grants Program - Small:

This RFP is for organizations with annual operating budgets of less than $250,000. Organizations that have operating budgets of $100,000 or less are eligible to apply under this RFP but may, instead, elect to apply through the FLEX Grants Program – Micro RFP, which is specifically for organizations with smaller operating budgets, fiscally- sponsored organizations, community-serving groups, churches conducting a program, or for Hawai‘i Dept. of Education schools conducting a program.

Additional eligibility requirements for this RFP are:

1. The organization must have a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status for a minimum of two (2) years. For-profit organizations are not eligible to apply. Organizations with fiscal sponsors are not eligible to apply through this RFP.

2. The organization must provide services in the State of Hawai‘i, and have been providing those services in Hawai‘i for a minimum of 2 years. FLEX does not fund the start-up of projects or organizations.

3. Organizations with multiple branches or chapters may only submit one application for its organization.

4. If you are an organization whose primary purpose is to raise funds to support a charitable organization, you are eligible to apply for a grant to support your own organization, or the organization you support, but not both. Additionally, funding cannot be requested on behalf of a charter school. You will be asked to specify for which organization you are requesting funding; your narrative responses in the application and attachments should reflect the same. Applications that are unclear in their responses may not receive a favorable review or may be administratively denied.

5. Organizations currently funded by HCF with overdue final reports are not eligible to apply.

6. If your organization received a FLEX or Community Grant in 2017, you must complete the online reporting survey by May 16, 2018 in order to be eligible for a 2018 FLEX grant. Please see your 2017 FLEX or Community Grant Award letter for details.

7. FLEX does not fund government organizations, including the University of Hawai‘i. However, individual projects of Hawai‘i Dept. of Education schools may be eligible under the FLEX Grants Program – Micro RFP for organizations with operating budgets of $100,000 or less.

FLEX Grants Program - Micro:

This RFP is for organizations with annual operating budgets of less than $100,000, for fiscally sponsored organizations, community-serving groups, a program of a church, or a project of a Hawai‘i DOE school.

Additional eligibility requirements for this RFP are listed below. Fiscal sponsors must meet the eligibility requirements on behalf of the organization they are sponsoring:

1. An applying organization must have had its tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status for a minimum of two (2) years unless:
a. it has a fiscal sponsor that meets the eligibility requirements; or
b. it is a DOE school; or
c. it is a community-serving group providing services on the islands of Hawai‘i, Kaua‘i, Lāna‘i, or in the North Shore (Kawela Bay to Ka‘ena Point), Kahuku, Hau‘ula, Lā‘ie, ‘Ewa Beach, Wai‘anae, or Kapolei on the island of O‘‘ahu.

For-profit organizations are not eligible to apply.

2. Applicants must provide services in the State of Hawai‘i, and have been providing those services in Hawai‘i for a minimum of 2 years. FLEX does not fund the start-up of projects or organizations.

3. National organizations, organizations with multiple branches or chapters, and supporting organizations are not eligible through the FLEX Grant Program – Micro RFP. National organizations and supporting organizations must apply either through the FLEX Grant Program RFP, or the FLEX Grant Program – Small RFP, depending on the organization’s operating budget.

4. Organizations currently funded by HCF with overdue final reports are not eligible to apply.

5. If your organization received a FLEX or Community grant in 2017, you must complete the online reporting survey by May 16, 2018 in order to be eligible for a 2018 FLEX grant. Please see your 2017 FLEX or Community Grant award letter for details.

6. FLEX does not fund government organizations, including the University of Hawai‘i. However, individual projects of Hawai‘i Dept. of Education schools are eligible under this RFP.

All Applicants:

Please see the eligibility chart found in the Supporting Documents below to determine which RFP is appropriate for your organization.

FLEX Grants may not be used for the following:
1. Re-granting (i.e., redistribution of these funds to other organizations or individuals)
2. Endowments
3. For the benefit of specific individuals
4. Major capital improvements including capital campaigns, construction or renovations (minor capital improvements required to implement programs are allowable)
5. Activities that promote religious beliefs

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Question and Answer webinar will be open to applicants on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 10:00 AM. Please check the FLEX Grants Program webpage for details on how to register.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for FLEX applications is Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 4:00 PM HST.

Applications must be submitted online. The online registration process may take up to 2 days, so please register early.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:
http://nexus.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/SSLPage.aspx?pid=330

If your organization is located on the Neighbor Islands, please contact the appropriate office for information:

Kauai:
Uri Martos
(808) 245-4585
umartos@hcf-hawaii.org

Maui, Molokai, Lanai:
Hannah Werth
(808) 242-6184
hwerth@hcf-hawaii.org

Hawai‘i Island:
Chelsey Chow
(808) 935-1206
cchow@hcf-hawaii.org

If your organization is located on O‘ahu, or for additional information regarding FLEX, please contact:
Ophelia Bitanga-Isreal
(808) 566-5593
FLEX@hcf-hawaii.org

If you have questions about registering your nonprofit online or about the online application process, please contact:

Christel Wuerfel
(808) 566-5522
cwuerfel@hcf-hawaii.org

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Hawaii