Apply Here: Grant Guidelines

Apply for either grant: Youth Social Entrepreneurship or Supportive Housing by June 6, 2017 by clicking HERE

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FAQ’s

How do I apply for a grant?

When you click on HERE above, you will be directed to a sign-in page. Your email is your user name. You can then ask to change your password.

What is the range of requests?

Grants are made for one year in duration and are likely to be in the $5,000 to $25,000 range. Organizations can apply for, and receive grants each year for three consecutive grant cycles. Organizations that have received grants for three consecutive years then wait one year before reapplying.

Can I see the questions you are asking for each grant area?

Yes, here is a YSE2017 Grand QuestionList.

Here is a Housing Supports for Homeless QuestionList.

One question states that we should have 6 months of the program in 2017, yet the funding is provided in November.

So sorry, that is the result of our shifting our grant round to the new date and not getting everything well organized. Please simply tell us the time frame for your program.

Sundance want Interim reports on April 1, 2017 and Nov 1, 2017 for grants not yet provided in this grant round.

Again, our apologies. Too fast a switch from last year to this year. We want you to be aware that we will be expecting an interim report on March 15, 2018 and a final report on November 1, 2018. These dates may or may not completely sync with your program delivery dates. We’ve tried to make the March 15, 2018 grant a bit easier by asking for an article or press release about the program that we are supporting and/or your agency’s work in the area we support. We used this to create a magazine for our board members. They like the format. The final report helps us comply with IRS regulations, and so it is a bit more formal. We ask for quantitative and qualitative reporting and some analysis.

The instructions might say use 2,000 characters, but the window then accepts 5,000 characters. Why the difference?

We are more interested in your story than the word count. While we hope that you can convey your intent in 2,000 characters, we aren’t going to ask you to spend an hour or so wordsmithing your grant trying to shoehorn important information into the space. Finish your thoughts, but don’t feel compelled to ramble on.

We are applying for funding for several programs. 

This is a bit tricky because the Sundance Board reserves the right to fund one program, but not necessarily the other. Please make sure that your programs are “stand alone” and the the request for each would not adversely affect other program(s). We realize that you will have overhead in each program budget, but write the complete grant in a way that each individual program can be easily reviewed on its own merit.

More About Youth Social Entrepreneurship Guidelines

Mission: The Sundance Family Foundation supports youth development and strengthens family stability.

YSEVenn DiagramIn support of our mission, the Sundance Family Foundation is interested in supporting local youth-serving nonprofits with enterprises that provide Youth Social Entrepreneurship (YSE) training. YSE integrates social/emotional learning with community engagement, workplace readiness and agile thinking.

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YSE Program elements often include:

  • Positive Youth Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • Entrepreneurial and Workforce Skill Development
    • Financial and digital literacy and personal money management
    • Entrepreneurial and design thinking
    • Business management
    • Career exploration
  • Community Engagement
    • Help youth spark ways to engage and promote their communities
  • Evaluation
    • Logic Model with an Evaluation Plan
    • Program evaluation, benchmarks, and evidence-based outcomes
  • Active youth participation
    • in leadership roles specific to program design
    • in implementation of day-to-day operations
    • in evaluation, pre- and post-surveys,  and youth retrospective surveys
  • Intergenerational mentoring
  • YSE programs frequently provide earned income to youth
  • Creating networks,
    • bridges and pipelines with local manufacturers, trade unions
    • community colleges, apprenticeships and post-secondary trainings
  • Engage youth from low-income communities, communities of color, or under-resourced communities
    • between the ages of 14 – 24 years

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YSE 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. 

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YSE Program Priorities

Priority is placed on programs that:

  • Contain most of the elements of Youth Social Entrepreneurship listed above
  • Address the needs of youth living or working in low-income communities, communities of color or under-represented communities

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YSE Application Procedures

Sundance is now using the Foundant online grants system. When you click HERE above you will be taken to an online portal. You will sign in 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, to add certain pdfs or Excel spreadsheets of budgets and financials. You can also submit your Annual Report as a pdf.

YSE 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.

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YSE Evaluation Forms

Sundance is revising it’s Interim reporting based on conversation with grantees. This year grantees were asked to submit a news article with photos that they can use on social media and with print media. We used that to inform our board. A complete Final Report is due by Nov 1 the year after the grant is provided. Automatic emails are sent to the person on record.

 

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Supportive Housing Guidelines

Sundance also 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.

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.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

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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. 

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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.

Apply by June 6, 2017 by clicking HERE

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