2020 MBSK Youth Development Grant
CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG
MBSK - YOUTH PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT GRANT PROGRAM - 2020
WHAT IS THIS PROGRAM?
The purpose of the Youth Program Development Grant is to provide support and build the capacity of non-profit organizations engaged in projects/programs that seek to improve the lives of at-risk children and youth within the municipal boundaries of the City of St. Petersburg. The grant is designed to offer funding to non-profit organizations, in good standing, which have developed specific projects/programs to address the following areas of concern:
- Entering school ready to learn.
- Reading at grade level by third grade.
- Graduating from high school ready for life, college, and career.
- Accessing and completing career relevant training.
- Participating in enrichment that address the health and well-being of the child.
The targeted population of the project/program must be youth who are less likely to successfully transition into adulthood and achieve economic self-sufficiency or academic success.
The funds will be available in the minimum amount of $1,500 up to the maximum amount of $25,000. There are no restrictions on the scope of the project/program for which support is requested as long as the project/program fits within the goals of the grant program. The amount distributed to successful applicants is within the sole discretion of the Mayor of the City of St. Petersburg based on the budget submitted for the project/program.
Only one application per organization will be accepted. Organizations which offer multiple projects/programs may submit one application with multiple individual descriptions and budgets for each project or program. Proposals may range from requests for funding of entire projects or components of a larger project. Proposals may be for any ongoing program, regularly held event, or one-time event, so long as the project, program, or event meets the eligibility criteria set forth below.
WHO MAY APPLY?
This program will provide funds to non-profit organizations providing direct services to youth within the municipal boundaries of the City of St. Petersburg. Services must be within the eligibility criteria set forth below.
WHAT ARE THE APPLICATION ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA?
To be considered for funding a project and/or a program:
- Be a pre-existing program or project that targets at-risk children and youth or be part of a program that will be expanded to serve at-risk children and youth.
- Have a written mission statement that sets forth goals that are measurable, aligned with the mission statement, and directed to achieve sustainability.
- Have an evaluation system that collects feedback from family, staff, and volunteers to measure success against written goals at the beginning and at the end of the project or program.
- Include an itemized budget for funds requested that reflects sound fiscal and business practices that ensures continued and sustained program operations.
- Offer developmentally appropriate activities that reflect the mission and goals of the program.
- Provide a variety of indoor and outdoor activities for children and youth to choose from, which provide social, recreational, and educational opportunities.
- Have written policies and procedures to ensure the safety of children and youth, including additional staff if necessary, and complies with all legal requirements where necessary.
WHAT FEATURES ARE FATAL TO AN APPLICATION’S ELIGIBILITY?
- Organization is not in compliance with 501(c)(3) requirements.
- Organization has an annual operating budget of more than $300,000.
- Organizations does not have a history of operation for a period of at least one year.
- Programs that require greater than 10% administrative fees for operation.
- Programs that require greater than 50% program staff fees to deliver the program or project.
- Any organization which owes monies to the City of St. Petersburg.
7. Any organization that previously contracted with the City and failed to successfully complete the projects and/or programs required by the contract will not be eligible to receive funding.
8. Any organizations which is not in compliance with a current City contract is not eligible for funding.
9. If the application is not complete on the date the application is due.
All applicants approved for funding will be required to enter into a contract with the City setting forth the terms and conditions under which funds may be expended and outlining all accounting requirements. Organizations that receive funding may also be asked to participate in a once a year convening on children and youth in the community. Applicants that are not approved may be eligible to receive additional resources through the City’s Greenhouse to prepare for the next round of funding.
HOW MAY MY AGENCY OR ORGANIZATION APPLY?
Agencies or organizations wishing to receive these funds shall apply to the City of St. Petersburg Office of the Mayor, Department of Education.
Applications must be submitted to: www. mbsk-ydg.smapply.org
All applications must be COMPLETED NO LATER than 12:00 pm, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Applications received after 12:00 pm will not be considered for funding. Applications must be completed in full and properly executed. Applicants who do not attend one mandatory information session will not be considered for funding. Applications with missing materials will not be considered for review.
HOW WILL THE OFFICE OF THE MAYOR DECIDE WHICH PROJECTS OR PROGRAMS ARE FUNDED?
All applications that meet the minimum eligibility criteria will be reviewed by the Youth Development Review Committee which is comprised of 10 community members. Those members will review completed applications and make recommendations to the Mayor. Upon reviewing the recommendations, the Mayor will make the final determination of awards. The decision of the Mayor will be final.
The following criteria will be used to evaluate requests for funding that meet the eligibility criteria. Projects/Programs will be rated and apportioned using the criteria listed below.
1. TIMELINESS. The application must be received prior to the deadline date and time. Applications received after the deadline date and time will not be considered.
2. PREPARATION. The applicant has produced an Application that contains all necessary documentation, including; a complete budget with supporting estimates, proper signatures, adequate number of copies, and has complied with all other requests outlined in the application package.
3. COMMUNITY IMPACT. (35%) The project/program will affect change to as great a number of youths as possible. Projects/programs of all sizes are welcome to apply for funding; however, the committee would like the grants to make as much impact as possible in youths’ lives and in turn the community as a whole.
4. YOUTH FOCUS. (35%) The project/program addresses a concern of and identifies specific benefits of significance to the well-being of the youth in the city of St. Petersburg. The project/program goal is to enhance outcomes related to the education, workforce participation and enrichment of youth.
5. PROJECT QUALITY. (25%) The applicant has developed a project/program that is well planned, adequately budgeted and is ready for implementation or is a part of a broader ongoing effort and includes a well-defined method for demonstrating that the funds are expended appropriately. The project/program must have an evaluation process to assess its effectiveness. The project’s/program’s must be proportional to its goals. Project/Programs that offer youth exposure through experiential learning are highly encouraged.
10. ORIGINALITY. (5%) The applicant has proposed a project/program that innovatively addresses a problem that significantly under-resourced within the community that serves the youth population. Creative thinking is welcome and encouraged.
11. QUALIFICATIONS. The applicant must demonstrate, via clearly stated qualifications, a financial ability to implement the proposed project and/or provide the necessary services.
T I M E L I N E
Applications released to the public
March 3, 2020
Q&A period and technical assistance for applicants begins
March 17, 2020
Live mandatory in-person public meeting(s) - POSTPONED
March 24, 2020
|Virtual mandatory Q&A public meetings||May 19, 2020|
May 21, 2020
May 26, 2020
|Q&A and Webinar released online||May 26, 2020|
Q&A period and technical assistance for applicants ends
May 30, 2020
June 2, 2020
Award recommendations sent to Mayor**
Week of July 6th*
Letter notifying awardees transmitted**
Week of July 6th*
*Award recommendations and notifications dates may change depending on the number of applicants.
Application due: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Late applications will not be accepted
WHO CAN I CONTACT IF I HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?
Leah McRae, Esq.
Director of Education
Office of the Mayor Rick Kriseman, City of St. Petersburg