Supportive Housing Guidelines
Sundance supports local organizations that provide or expand housing options for youth without permanent shelter. The yearly grants typically range from $5,000 to $25,000. Organizations can apply for and receive grants each year for three consecutive grant cycles. Organizations that have received grants for three years then wait a year or two before re-applying.
Supportive Housing includes support and collaboration for innovative services that connect youth and families that prevent and remedy homelessness, especially programs that nurture them to move up and out of poverty toward sustainable self-sufficiency.
Funding Parameters for Supportive Housing
Option 1: Direct Supportive Housing
We invite grant proposals from 501(c)(3) organizations with wrap-around programs that may include elements of 1) youth development, 2) community engagement and 3) economic development as part of the traditional supportive services.
Program elements may include:
- Positive Youth Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
- Help youth in a holistic way that helps them engage with their communities
- Advancing Youth skills:
- Financial literacy, digital literacy and personal money management
- Entrepreneurial and design thinking
- Business management
- Career exploration
- The creation of networks, bridges and pipelines to careers and/or post-secondary training
- Teach skills needed to develop business, marketing and social media plans
- Intergenerational mentoring
- Engage youth from low-income or under-resourced communities for youth 12 – 25 years old
Option 2: Creating an Ecosystem of Supportive Housing
Sundance will consider grant proposals from 501(c)(3) organizations for programs that strengthen an ecosystem of support for youth and their families. These programs may:
- Coordinate identification and placement of youth in appropriate settings
- Help organizations increase their Social and Emotional Learning with improved data-capacity, evaluation benchmarks and outcomes
- Creating systems that results in economy of scale, better or faster support
- Integrates local support with the state coordination system
- Engage youth from low-income or under-represented communities between the ages of 12 and 25
Supportive Housing Geographic Parameters
Sundance Family Foundation focuses giving to organizations whose programming benefits the residents of the following Minnesota and Wisconsin counties: Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington, Chisago, Polk and St. Croix.
Supportive Housing Application Procedures
Sundance is now using the Foundant online grants system. When you click above you will be taken to an online portal. You will sign in using the email that you want for all further communications, identify the grants contact and receive a password. The contact you submit becomes the contact for emails for the grant, and reminders for the interim and final reports. Please let us know if the contact changes. You will be asked to submit the answers to questions, and, pdfs or Excel spreadsheets of budgets and financials. You will be asked to provide suggestions and comments to the Sundance Family Foundation that will help us improve our grants cycles. You can also submit your Annual Report, brochures or articles as pdfs.
Supportive Housing Application Timeline
The Board of Trustees and staff of the Sundance Family Foundation will review proposals throughout the summer and early fall. Decisions will be announced by the end of October.