Creating Safe, Equitable and Thriving Communities Fund

Purpose
The Creating Safe, Equitable & Thriving Communities Fund was established in 2018 through a partnership with the City of Cedar Rapids, Linn County, and the Cedar Rapids Community School District to address inter-relational factors that lead to youth violence in Cedar Rapids. Grants from this fund will work toward creating a safe, equitable and thriving community.

Focus and Goals
The Creating Safe, Equitable & Thriving Communities Fund is offering funding for summer programming that cultivates, engages and/or connects with youth and young adults who are disproportionately exposed to violence in their homes, neighborhoods, and schools and who might not otherwise participate in summer programming. Priority will be given to applicants who involve youth in program design and integrate youth voice and choice throughout program delivery.

This grant opportunity is designed to be innovative, test new models, and explore what works and what doesn’t. Results will be used to inform future violence intervention efforts in the community. Successful applicants will be asked to share their learning and experiences to help guide future funding goals and priorities.

Funding Priorities

  •  Programming that is new or adapted specifically for participants as described above
  • Initiatives that address gaps in existing programming (examples: age range, time of day, location, etc.) and/or barriers to participation (examples: younger siblings needing childcare, transportation challenges, etc.)
  • Initiatives in which youth and young adult feedback has been part of the planning/design process and that integrate youth voice and choice throughout program delivery
  • Initiatives that target youth and young adults who are disproportionately exposed to violence in their homes, neighborhoods, and schools and who might not otherwise participate in summer programming

Organization Eligibility
Applicants do not need to be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Organizations that are not 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or governmental entities need to a) demonstrate their ability to manage grant dollars and report on their use, and b) have systems in place to ensure the safety of youth. Applicants that cannot demonstrate these systems should partner with an existing nonprofit.

Deadline
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. CST

Application and Forms
Download Creating SET Communities Fund Guidelines, Application Questions, Scoring Tool and Final Report Link to this document

Planning Session
Because this grant program is seeking innovative programming with a group of youth who can be challenging to connect with programs or services, we recognize that potential applicants might benefit from exploring creative solutions. We will hold a Planning Session on Monday, March 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation to help foster connections and collaborative efforts. To RSVP, please complete the following Survey Monkey tool to help us gauge the interest of potential applicants and prepare for the Planning Session. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SETSummer

How to Submit
Send an e-mail to Rachel Rockwell, Program officer at rachel.rockwell@gcrcf.org by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

Questions? Contact: Rachel Rockwell, Program Officer, at rachel.rockwell@gcrcf.org or at 319.200.4007