Sunday, August 25, 2013

Three $15,000 Grants Available to Help Underserved Students

Excellent Schools Now (ESN) is a coalition of education, business and community-based organizations in Washington State working statewide to achieve meaningful education reform that increases student achievement, closes the achievement gap and prepares students to be college and career-ready.
In response the need to better represent underserved and underrepresented students and communities, the current ESN Steering Committee – comprised of the League of Education Voters, Partnership for Learning, Schools Out Washington, Stand for Children Washington, and Tabor 100 – is announcing this Request for Proposal (RFP) process to award three, 13-month grants (October 2013 to October 2014) of $15,000 each.

Applicant organizations must meet the following criteria:
                  Evidence of established community relationships and a track record of mobilizing those relationships, in particular within communities representing underserved and underrepresented student populations; and
                  Proven track record of relationships fostered with underserved and underrepresented individuals, groups, communities, constituencies, and organizations
Eligible applications must include:
1.               Cover letter, on organization’s stationery, signed by organization’s director, that provides a synopsis of your proposed outreach strategies.
2.                Narrative (no more than three to four pages) that includes:
Organizational Background
·         A summary of your organization’s mission
·         A description of your relationships and influence with underserved or underrepresented individuals, groups, communities, constituencies and organizations
Project Description
·         How you will accomplish your project goals (as outlined at the bottom of page one).
·         Key staff members (with attached resumes)
·         A 13- month calendar of activities and events indicating what your organization will do to:
o   Strategically engage communities representing underserved, underrepresented student populations
o   Build relationships, awareness, and political will – relating to A+ Washington agenda and the ESN 2014 policy agenda – within communities representing underserved, underrepresented student populations
3.                Proposal budget (project expenses and total budget for a 13-month period from October 1, 2013 to October 31, 2014) 
4.               Appendices (Attachments)
o   Verification of tax-exempt status (IRS determination letter)
o   Key staff resumes
o   If possible, a support letter(s) or endorsement(s) from existing Excellent Schools Now Coalition members
To apply for a grant, submit an application containing all of the items specified above, including all requested attachments, to and cc: Kim Martinez: The application deadline is September 13, 2013.