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Social Enterprise Competition

Opportunity for Hillsborough County, Florida Nonprofits to Compete
for Funding to Address the Needs of Local Children and Families

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Children's Board of Hillsborough County (CBHC)

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08/02/19 4:00 PM Receipt


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Opportunity for Hillsborough County, Florida nonprofit organizations to compete for prizes of $15,000 and $25,000 to support revenue-generating programming that addresses the needs of local children and families. Applicants are required to submit an LOI and attend an information session and training sessions prior to submitting an application.

The competition is designed to encourage and support social enterprise ventures by Hillsborough County nonprofit organizations that result in an earned income business strategy that addresses a community need in Hillsborough County. Social enterprise ventures related to training materials or development of training must be offered free to Hillsborough County Residents.

Applicant missions must align with services for children and their families in at least one of four CBHC focus areas:

- Developmentally on Track:
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 developmental functioning.

- Healthy and Safe:
Early preventative health and education, preparing a family to develop nurturing and health habits which are enhanced by coordination with community partners including healthcare systems and primary care providers.

- Ready to Learn and Succeed:
School readiness and academic support for children through middle school age designed in a way that fosters academic readiness by age eight, successful progress towards grade promotion, and graduation. Activities may support character development, provide positive role modeling, and motivate students to learn in safe environments.

- Supported and Supportive Families:
Support for the whole family is essential for developing informal supports, stability, and overall well-being. These relationships establish the foundation for secure attachments and future physical, cognitive, and social-emotional health.

Social Enterprise plans must be a venture such as, but not limited to:
- A service-related venture (fee for service)
- A product-related venture (manufacturing and/or sales)
- Renting or leasing of property

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GrantWatch ID#: 185783

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Estimated Size of Grant:

$25,000 – First Place
$15,000 – Second Place

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- An applicant must be a non-profit organization headquartered or doing substantial related business in Hillsborough County serving children and their families.
- The social enterprise venture may be for a non-profit subsidiary, a for-profit subsidiary, or a program of the non-profit organization.
- The social enterprise venture must be new or in operation for less than twelve (12) months as of January 1, 2019.

Ineligible applicants:
- Individuals, Hillsborough County public schools, charter schools, and childcare centers are not eligible to enter the competition.
- Previous Social Enterprise Competition winners are not eligible to enter.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Information Workshop:
- At least one (1) representative of the interested organization is required to participate in an information session that will provide an overview of this year’s competition, explain the entry process and provide an opportunity for general questions to be answered.
- The Information Workshop will be held on Friday, May 3, 2019, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM at Children’s Board, 1002 E. Palm Avenue.
- The questions and responses generated at the workshop will be posted on the CBHC website under the budgeting tab at the URL for Full Text below.

Training Sessions
- Three (3) mandatory training sessions will provide participants with information about the Social Enterprise Competition and plan development. In addition, technical assistance from designated staff will be provided to support the development and presentation of the venture.
- Training Sessions will take place at the Children’s Board, 1002 East Palm Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33605.

Session 1: Friday, June 7, 2019, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Topics to be covered:
- Description of Social Enterprise Venture
- Industry & Market Analysis
- Organizational Readiness
- Business Model Canvas/Asset Inventory

Session 2: Friday, June 28, 2019, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Topics to be covered:
- Marketing Plan Summary
- Management Plan Summary
- Operational Plan Summary
- Business Model Canvas

Session 3: Friday, July 12, 2019, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Topics to be covered:
- Return on Investment (ROI)
- Benefits to Hillsborough County
- Financial Plan
- Business Goals and Objectives
- Packaging Your Plan & The Perfect Pitch
- Feedback on Social Enterprise Plan

Pre-Application Information:

Organizations planning to participate in the competition must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to the Children's Board of Hillsborough County.

- Information Workshop: Friday, May 3, 2019, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
- Letter of Intent deadline: Friday, May 31, 2019, at 4:00 PM.
- Training Session 1: Friday, June 7, 2019, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- Training Session 2: Friday, June 28, 2019, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- Training Session 3: Session 3: Friday, July 12, 2019, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- Submission deadline: Applications must be received by 4:00 PM Friday, August 2, 2019.
- Training and Technical Assistance for Finalist: Week of August 12, 2019
- Finalist Practice Sessions: August 23, 2019
- Presentations by Finalists: September 13, 2019
- Announcement of Winners: September 26, 2019, at 3:00 PM during the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County Board Meeting

An organization may submit only one social enterprise project to the competition.

Organizations selected as a finalist must be available to attend scheduled practice sessions, final presentation, and winners must be present at the September 26, 2019, CBHC Board meeting.

Contact Information:

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

The LOI must be submitted by e-mail to Shelton K. Gilyard, Project Manager at referencing: 2019 Social Enterprise Competition.

Applications must be delivered by US Mail, Courier (local, Fed Ex, UPS etc.) or hand delivered to:
Children’s Board of Hillsborough County
1002 E. Palm Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605
Attention: Shelton K. Gilyard, Project Manager

Children’s Board of Hillsborough County
Phone: (813) 229-2884
Fax: (813) 228-8122

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USA: Florida: Hillsborough County