Apply Here: Grant Guidelines

Apply for either grant: Youth Social Entrepreneurship or Supportive Housing by June 9, 2020 by clicking HERE

Note: The above portal will not be opened for new grant submissions until May 2020

FAQ’S 

How do I apply for a grant on June 9, 2020?

When you click on the link 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 2018 YSE Grant Application

Here is a 2018 Sundance Homeless Housing Supports

Sundance wants Interim reports for Grants Made in 2019 submitted on March 14, 2020 and Nov 1, 2020.

Decisions for the June grant round are made at the board meeting in October. We will be expecting an interim reports on March 14 and final reports on November 1. These dates may or may not completely sync with your program delivery dates. We’ve tried to make the March 14 grant report a bit easier by asking for an article which we use for a magazine that goes to our board of directors. We will be asking for an article or press release and photos. If you don’t have an article, there is a window for you to submit text. If you submit photos separate from the text, then please send them to info@sundancefamilyfoundation.org

The final report helps us comply with IRS regulations, and so it is a bit more formal. We will ask for more 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 word smithing 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. For this reason, please apply for each program for which you request funding. Please make sure that your programs are “stand alone” and that a denial of one would not adversely affect other program(s). We realize that you will have overhead in each program budget. Write each complete grant in a way that each individual program can be easily reviewed on its own merit. Note: you will have to submit organizational financials, budgets for each grant application.

Sundance Grant Guidelines

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

Guidelines: Youth Social Entrepreneurship Grant

In 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.

YSE Grant Size and Frequency: YSE Grants are typically between $7,500-$20,000 per grant per year. 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.

YSE Program elements often include:

  • Positive Youth Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
    • Youth-Centric interpersonal skills development
  • WorkReadiness, Agile Thinking and Entrepreneurial Skills
    • Financial and digital literacy and personal money management
    • Entrepreneurial and design thinking
    • Business management and marketing
    • Career exploration and mentoring
  • Community Engagement
    • Helping youth spark ways to engage with and to promote their communities
  • Individual and Program Evaluation
    • Logic Model with an Evaluation Plan
    • Program evaluation, benchmarks, and evidence-based outcomes from individual data (programs can use the modified WIOA Form and/or the Youth Retrospective Survey found in the Resource Section)
  • Accelerative Youth Participation
    • youth attain leadership roles specific to program design
    • youth assist with the implementation of day-to-day operations
    • youth have agency in their own career exploration
  • Intergenerational mentoring
    • mentors and community leaders help the youth chart careers
  • YSE programs frequently provide earned income to youth
    • youth earn income, are compensated via stipends, or work in a measurable way toward a common and individual good
  • YSE Programs Create Networks
    • bridges and pipelines with local manufacturers, trade unions
    • pathways are developed to community colleges, apprenticeships and post-secondary trainings
    • dual-training, apprenticeship and other training opportunities are explored
    • YSEs create a way for youth to move from workforce readiness to careers
  • Engage youth from low-income communities, communities of color, or under-resourced communities
    • between the ages of 14 – 24 years

In addition Sundance will ask for:

Project Name and Brief Summary and Budget

Organization’s Purpose

Number of Youth Served by the Grant

Number of Youth Served by the Organization

A Statement of Need

Program Plan which describes:

  1. Overall goal(s)
  2. Overall objectives, actions or tactics to achieve these goal(s);
  3. Specific activities for which you are seeking funding;
  4. Staff carrying out those activities (short descriptions);
  5. Time frame in which this will take place;
  6. How the proposed activities will benefit the youth, and their community, and the impact (outcomes and outputs) you expect to have;
  7. Long-term strategies (if applicable) for sustaining this effort.
  8. Evaluation: do you have a plan to gather data during, and to track participants after this program?

Agency Financials:

Most recent 990 Tax Filing

Most recent Audit

Budget for the current, and next year if available

Beginning of Fiscal Year

Additional Funders

Board Member List

Logic Model

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. 

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
  • Track their alumni and/or demonstrate that their programs provide pathways to 21st century training or careers

YSE Application Procedures

Sundance is now using the Foundant electronic 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 with program and agency budgets and financials. You can also submit your Audit and/or most recent 990 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.

YSE Evaluation Forms

Sundance has revised it’s Interim reporting based on conversation with grantees.  Grantees submit a news article with photos (pdf, jpegs, Word, or in the electronic submission.  We used that information to create a magazine for our board. A complete Final Report is due by Nov 1 the year after the grant is provided. Automatic emails are sent to the contact on record.


Guidelines: Supportive Housing Guidelines

Sundance also supports a few local organizations that provide or expand workforce development and other supports for youth without permanent shelter. The yearly grants typically range from $5,000 to $25,000. Like with the YSE grants above, Supportive Housing applicants 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 Work readiness and Housing for Youth with housing insecurity or homelessness includes support and collaboration for innovative services that connect youth to move up and out of poverty toward sustainable self-sufficiency.

Adherence to the State of Minnesota’s Heading Home Together Plan

Describe how your program provides housing to youth that integrates your activities with the Colorado, or with the State of Minnesota Heading Home Together Plan:

https://mn.gov/dhs/assets/minnesota-action-plan-18-20_tcm1053-328234.pdf

The Mn Heading Home Together plan outlines 7 areas: 1) Identifying and engaging; 2) Ensuring a crisis response; 3) Rapidly linking with housing and services; 4) Filling the gap in housing; 5) Using a Person-Centered Orientation; 6) Increasing employment and income; 7) Organizing plans and partnerships. Sundance is supporting programs that support this collaborative plan of action.

Supportive Housing Geographic Parameters
Sundance Family Foundation grants go 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 most current Audit, 990 tax filing, logic model and report or photos.

Supportive Housing Application Timeline

As with the YSE grants, 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 11, 2019 by clicking HERE

NOTE: The Portal is closed until May 2019 for new grant applications. It will be used for Interim and Final Reports for the 2018 grants.