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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Grant

Grants to Arizona Nonprofits, Schools, Churches, and Agencies
to Benefit Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Arizona Community Foundation (ACF)

Deadline Date:

01/19/18 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Arizona nonprofits, schools, municipalities, faith-based organizations, and Tribal agencies that provide services to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Funding will specifically be provided for capacity building, scientific research in the area of deafness and hearing loss, project support, and feasibility planning for capital projects (outlined further below).

The Foundation will consider proposals in any of the above four funding categories that address one or more of the following focus areas:

Critical Issues:

- Policy reforms focused on accessibility training for professionals in the field including but not limited to teachers, audiologists, speech pathologists and auditory/verbal specialists.
- Policy reforms regarding access to devices including hearing aids and cochlear implants.
- Studies examining current public funding for deaf and hard of hearing impaired individuals in the state of Arizona, and the impact of increased technology on the provision of services.
- Accessibility to unbiased information for parents of the hearing impaired and the general public.
- Programs focused on teacher training for public and private schools.
- Programs involving the minority recruitment of professionals into this field
- Studies examining issues of accommodation as part of capital projects

Cochlear Implants:

- Training for cochlear implant use
- Access to aural rehabilitation
- Access to oral/auditory schools
- Access to preschool education

Sign Language:

- Accessibility to sign language training
- Programs encouraging proper grammar for students communicating with sign language
- Programs involving parent/family participation in their child's sign language acquisition and communication
- Programs providing qualified interpreters and interpreter training

Quality of Life:

- Training for adult care staff regarding hearing aids, cochlear implants and communication skills.
- Enhance public awareness about the capabilities of people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
- Aural rehabilitation programs for hearing impaired individuals.
- Expanded programs to sensitize classroom teachers to the special needs of hearing impaired students.
- Programs that promote barrier free communication.
- Planning for the improvement of housing or public facilities that increase access by people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Proposals should be based on the following grant categories:

- Project Support:

The Foundation will consider proposals for specific projects that address one or more of the areas listed previously.

Capacity Building:

Capacity Building Grants are intended to strengthen the management and/or operational capacity of outstanding Arizona nonprofit organizations whose primary mission is to serve the deaf and hard of hearing community. Proposals will be accepted to address the following organizational challenges in the following capacity building areas:

- Financial capacity as evidenced by an annual audit, active board finance committee, and an internal accounting system that provides timely financial data for decision making.
- Strategic planning capacity as evidenced by community engagement in needs assessments, a long range plan and active on-going monitoring and planning process.
- Governance capacity as evidenced by board recruitment procedures, active committees and level of participation.
- Technological capacity as evidenced by adequate hardware and software to perform organizational functions.

Scientific Research in the areas of Deafness and Hearing Loss:

Proposals addressing one of the following research areas will be accepted:
- Scientific research on age-related hearing impairment leading to cure, treatment or the creation of devices to assist populations affected by this problem.
- Scientific research of disorders consisting of degeneration of the temporal bone of the ear leading to cure, treatment or the creation of devices to assist individuals afflicted by this problem.
- Scientific research in the area of noise-induced hearing loss leading to cure, treatment and prevention of such problems.

Feasibility Planning for Capital Projects:

Funding will be provided to determine the feasibility of a project or capital fundraising campaign that serves the deaf and hearing-impaired community and will be located in Arizona. The feasibility study should identify how much money an organization can reasonably raise, how long it should take to do it, and what costs would be involved in managing the project or campaign. A good study will also identify potential leaders and donors, strengths and weaknesses of the campaign/project. Funding cannot be used for capital projects or renovation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182761

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Requirements:

- Any Arizona 501(c)(3) organization, government agency* (i.e., school**, municipality), and tribal entity that operates with fiscal accountability and responsibility is eligible to apply. Religious organizations may apply for funding of non-sectarian programs.
- Organizations must demonstrate a non-discrimination policy regarding staff, employment, governing board and service delivery based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability or national origin, and provide evidence of the policy.
- Organizations are required to have a completed and visible profile on ACF’s website. Incomplete organizational profiles will result in the immediate declination of your application.
- Organizations without 501(c)(3) status must use a fiscal agent to apply on their behalf. Fiscal agents must have a visible profile on the ACF website, and also be a 501(c)(3) organization.
- Organizations must be in good standing with the IRS at the time of review or else the submitted application(s) will be immediately declined.

*If your organization is a government or tribal entity, or a university, you may submit one application per department. You may submit another if, and only if, you are collaborating with another organization. If you would like to submit a second application on behalf of a collaborative group of organizations, submit only one application per project. This means choosing just one organization to submit the collaborative application. If several departments are applying for the same project, please treat it as a collaborative
application. A government or tribal agency, or university may apply for projects separate from those the individual departments apply for.

**If your organization is a school district or a school within a district, you may submit one application per school. You may submit another if, and only if, you are collaborating with another organization. If you would like to submit a second application on behalf of a collaborative group of organizations, submit only one application per project. This means choosing just one organization to submit the collaborative application. If several schools are applying for the same project, please treat it as a collaborative application. A district may apply separately for projects separate from those the schools apply for.

Note: If your organization is a fiscal sponsor for other organizations, you may submit one application per sponsored organization. You may submit another if, and only if, you are collaborating with another organization. If you would like to submit a second application on behalf of a collaborative group of organizations, submit only one application per project. This means choosing just one organization to submit the collaborative application. A fiscal sponsor may apply for projects separate from those its sponsored organizations apply for.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline for 2017-2018 Grant Making

- Grant cycle opens December 18, 2017.
- Applications are due on January 19, 2018 at 5:00 p.m., no exceptions.
- Grant review committee will make final recommendations by March 16, 2018.
- Grant awards and decline letters out by March 30, 2018.
- If funded, 2018 Final Report Due in March 2019.

For more information, please click on the link on the URL for Full Text (RFP) below, that states: “Visit our online grants center to view grant opportunities” – please click to enter the online grants center.

Create an account, and log in. Select “Current and Upcoming Grants” in the top bar. Then, select “Deaf and Hard of Hearing" to view the guidelines.

Click on the links in the Supporting Documents section below to download the Foundation's overhead policy, grant guidelines, and grant portal instructions.

Contact Information:

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

For assistance with technical questions regarding the online registration and application, or for questions regarding eligibility, please contact the Foundation's Competitive Grants Management Team at grants@azfoundation.org or 602-381-1400.

Contact the Foundation's Philanthropic Services Team:

Lynn Umphres
Lead Philanthropic Advisor, Non-Competitive Grants
Phone: 602.682.2042
Email: LUmphres@azfoundation.org

Ashley Anderson
Lead Philanthropic Advisor, Competitive Grants
Phone: 602.682.2049
Email: AAnderson@azfoundation.org

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona