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Level 1 - Major Investment Grant

Grants to Florida Nonprofits and Agencies Serving Hillsborough County for
Child Health, Child Development, School Readiness, and Supportive Families

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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Children's Board of Hillsborough County (CBHC)

Conf. Date:

11/07/17

LOI Date:

01/10/18

Deadline Date:

02/28/18 4:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Florida nonprofits and government organizations serving children and families in Hillsborough County. Applicants are highly encouraged to attend a workshop on October 24, 2017. Funding is intended to support programs in the areas of children's health, child development, school readiness, and supportive families.

This funding opportunity is awarded to an organization that primarily serves universally accessible services throughout the county with a collaborative approach to service delivery that supports one or more strategic focus areas. Level 1 grants are contractually obligated to meet six to eight measurable outcomes per year.

CBHC Priority Populations:
- Pregnant women and/or families with children birth to age five.
- Families with children in elementary school or youth in middle school (children/youth must be enrolled in an educational program).

Geographic Focus:
- Countywide – Ability to make services available in all regions of the county also known as universal access or in multiple select regions of the county.
- Wimauma – Ability to locate services specifically in Wimauma to strengthen the social service infrastructure, address information and referral needs, and expand access to support services.

Proposed service models must promote prevention or early intervention and improve access to care. Program models vary in the level of evidence that is available to document their effectiveness and should meet one of the following criteria:
- Programs that have successfully passed the standards of rigorous scientific research and evaluation are designated as Evidence-Based.
- Programs that have garnered some degree of research evidence of achieving the intended outcomes when implemented with fidelity but require additional research to conclude their effectiveness are typically designated as promising.
- Program practices that build upon the best available information but recognize implementations within specific contexts are referred to as Evidence-Informed. Additionally, the impact of services should demonstrate measureable results through evaluation, the exchange of resources, and collaborative community efforts in one or more of the Children’s Board focus areas listed below.

- Children are Healthy and Safe: Pregnant Women and/or Children Birth to Age Five

Early preventative health and education prepares a family to develop nurturing and healthy habits which are enhanced by coordination with community partners including healthcare systems and primary care providers.

- Children are Developmentally on Track: Children Birth to Age Five

Early Identification of developmental needs for children birth to age five is essential for optimizing a child’s potential and serves as an opportunity for caregivers to learn more about their child’s current developmental functioning.

- Children are Ready to Learn and Succeed: Children Birth through Middle School Age

School readiness services for young children should be designed in a way that foster a nurturing, safe and healthy environment for children and respects families’ cultural values. In addition, high quality early learning and support for caregivers or early care educators must also promote early caregiver involvement and opportunities for professional development.

Services for elementary school age children work best in collaboration with teachers, administrators and parents to provide support consistent with school benchmarks to enable student success. High quality youth services (through middle school age) support character development, provide positive role modeling, and motivate students to learn in safe environments.

- Children have Supported and Supportive Families: Pregnant Women and/or Children Birth through Middle School Age

Support for the whole family is essential for developing informal supports, stability and overall well-being. Family Support plays an important role in a young child’s brain development because early experiences develop through positive relationships. These relationships establish the foundation for secure attachments and future physical, cognitive and social-emotional health.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182402

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$17,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding parameters for Level 1 grants range from $600,000 to $2,000,000.

Term of Contract:

The contract term for these grants is October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019.

If awarded, the contract term may be renewed annually, for up to 6 years, based on funding availability, Board approval, and annual satisfactory contract evaluation.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposers eligible for funding include not-for-profit corporations and governmental organizations legally operating in the state of Florida.

By statute Section 125.901, Florida Statutes, as it existed prior to October 1, 1990, the CBHC Board will not provide funding to programs or agencies that are under the exclusive jurisdiction of the School District of Hillsborough County. However, the Board may fund services through other organizations which are coordinated with and complement the services provided by the School District of Hillsborough County, and such services may be provided on sites owned or administered by the School District of Hillsborough County.

Funding may be provided for programs through faith-based or religious organizations if the program serves a secular purpose and if the principal or primary effect of the program is one that neither advances nor inhibits religion. Additionally, the program must not require worship or religious instruction activities as a condition of participation.

CBHC funding or resources shall not be used to supplant funding for activities for which other local, state, or federal governmental agencies are obligated by statute, administrative rule, or local ordinance to support.
- A Grantee may be required to participate in capacity building training and planning, funded by CBHC.
- CBHC accepts no responsibility for any expense incurred by the Proposer in the preparation and presentation of such Proposal. Such expenses shall be borne exclusively by the Proposer.

CBHC funding or resources shall not be used to replace funding for activities for which other local, state, or federal governmental agencies are obligated by statute, administrative rule, or local ordinance to support, except in the following instances:
- The Board will consider funding of health services (and other services of a preventive nature) provided that a determination has been made by the CBHC Executive Director that these services cannot be funded through other agencies established to provide them. In those cases where the Board may fund such services, a plan to obtain funding from other appropriate sources at the earliest possible time will be formulated by the provider agency and approved by the Board.
- The Board will not fund academic and recreational activities unless a determination has been made that these services cannot be funded through other agencies established to provide them. In those cases where the Board may fund such services, a plan to obtain funding from other appropriate sources at the earliest possible time will be formulated by the provider agency and approved by the Board.
- The Board will not provide programmatic funding for real property acquisition or building construction.
- Agencies applying to or funded by the Children’s Board may not reduce or redirect funding from another source either in anticipation of, or as a consequence of, receiving funding from the Children’s Board without the prior approval of the Board. However, the Children’s Board encourages funded programs to develop other sources of funding from both public
and private entities, including corporate support and individual contributions.

The CBHC encourages the participation of minority, faith-based, and grassroots organizations in all contracts. No person or legal entity will be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise discriminated against in connection with the award and performance
of any Children's Board procurement on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or marital status.
The Grantee shall not discriminate in providing services on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or marital status.

At this time the Children’s Board is not seeking to fund the following types of services:
- Mentoring programs
- Services for high school age youth
- Services for children or youth in foster care
- Out of school time services located in any school setting
- Proposals received for summer only services will not be considered for funding.

The following items are unallowable:

Occupancy:
- Mortgage payments (interest and principle)
- Interest
- Depreciation
- Taxes
- Major maintenance or capital improvements (improving assets, repairing the roof)
- Lawn maintenance
- Maintenance staff
- Security staff
- Security system purchase and installation
- Pest control
- Agency garbage pick-up
- Costs associated with a residential facility
- cell phones for staff other than direct services staff out in the field for safety purposes
- The allocation of existing costs of an agency that do not directly relate to
producing outcomes in the contract

Other Operating Costs:
- Local travel from the person’s residence to the destination that is a regularly assigned work location
- If a provider agency office is not in Hillsborough County, the cost of driving from the office to the first destination in Hillsborough County
- Vehicle purchases
- Vehicle maintenance
- If the program has an ASO allocation, ASO allowable expenses should be purchased through the ASO instead of the program contract
- The allocation of existing cost of an agency that do not directly relate to producing outcomes in the contract
- Postage machine rental or purchase
- Equipment maintenance

Capital Outlay:
- Real property acquisition or building construction

Pre-proposal Conference:

Attendance at funding workshops is optional, but highly encouraged. If you, or a member of an agency is planning to apply for funds, but is unable to attend, it is important to read the Request for Proposal (RFP) carefully and follow the instructions for submitting written questions. All questions from the funding workshops, as well as written questions, will be posted on the date indicated in the RFP.

Funding Workshop (optional) - October 24, 2017 at 9:00 am

Empowerment Evaluation Matrix / Work Plan Training (optional) - November 7 at 3:00 pm

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Schedule:

- RFP Release October 6, 2017
- Funding Workshop (optional) October 24, 2017 at 9:00 am
- Empowerment Evaluation Matrix / Work Plan Training (optional) November 7 at 3:00 pm
- Written Proposer Questions December 15, 2017 by 4:00 pm
- CBHC Final Answers to Questions posted on website December 20, 2017
- Letter of Intent to Apply (optional) January 10, 2018 by 4:00 pm
- Proposal Submission February 28, 2018 by 4:00 pm
- Community Review Team Sessions Between March 27 – April 5, 2018
- Questions for Recommended Proposers Between April 18 – May 1, 2018
- Board Review for Approval of Funding Recommendations May 24, 2018
- If awarded: Required Grantee Orientation June 2018 (Date to be announced)

Applying organizations proposing to work with any Hillsborough County Public School(s) require a Letter of Support from Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS). The Superintendent is the only person authorized to provide a Letter of Support on behalf of the school district and/or participating schools.

Grantees will be paid on a cost reimbursement basis. This will require applying organizations to have the financial resources with evidence of two (2) months of available reserves to pay operating expenses of the program prior to receiving payment from CBHC.

Contact Information:

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

To submit a Letter of Intent, submit Attachment “A” to CBHCFundingRelease@ChildrensBoard.org with “Letter of Intent” in the Subject Line.

Proposals will not be accepted by e-mail. Please mail, hand deliver, or courier proposals before 4:00 pm (Children’s Board Lobby Clock) on February 28, 2018 to:

Children’s Board of Hillsborough County
1002 E. Palm Ave.
Tampa FL 33605

María Negrón, Director of Programs
Phone: 813-229-2884
Fax: 813-228-8122
Email: info@childrensboard.org

Funding or Pin Number:

PRO 2018 - 03

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida: Hillsborough County