Community Resilience Fund: Request for Proposals

Greater Toledo Community Foundation
Last date: 
Thursday, October 15, 2020
United States

Detailed Description

The Greater Toledo Community Foundation is requesting proposals for its Community Resilience Fund that assist the Greater Toledo region in transitioning to a sustainable recovery.

The foundation is a public charitable organization created by citizens of the community to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families. As a place-based funder, the Foundation is prepared to leverage its resources to support sudden and unexpected needs that arise in the community.

Program Categories

The Foundation will consider proposals in the following categories:

Long-Term Service Provision: In this category, funding will prioritize service delivery to residents who have been impacted by COVID-19 related circumstances. Proposals for Long-term Service Provision should focus on interventions that assist residents in stabilizing their lives after experiencing impacts caused by the outbreak. These activities may include, but are not limited to, job training programs for the recently unemployed or mental health services for residents who have been traumatized.

Organizational Restructuring: In this category, proposals should focus on lessons learned at an organizational level, and the strategies agencies could employ in the future to be better positioned to ensure stability and resiliency in the face of future unexpected crisis. It is anticipated that proposals would include best practice models currently being used in the applicants sector, incorporate new tactics based on geographical alignment with other providers to re-envision services, or utilize technology in service delivery to build capacity.

Funding Information

  • Nonprofit organizations providing services in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan are invited to submit requests up to $15,000 to the fund.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Grants will only be awarded to nonprofit, charitable organizations which have been designated as having tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code.
  • The Fund seeks applications from organizations with a demonstrated track record of service provision through established programs.
  • Grants are not intended to support start-up programs.
  • Applications seeking to offset loss of revenue as a result of cancelled fundraising events, lost program fees or third-party reimbursements will not be considered.

This Fund will not make grants to:

  • Support the general operating budget or budget deficit of established organizations.
  • Annual campaigns.
  • Support sectarian activities of religious organizations.

Competitive grant proposals will:

  • Promote coordination, cooperation and sharing among organizations. Applications which propose deep partnerships among organizations will receive high priority consideration.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of other organizations providing similar services in the immediate geographic area and represent an unduplicated opportunity to meet a significant community need. Applicant organizations are encouraged to become familiar with and reference appropriate community associations. Examples include, but are not limited to, the Autism Provider Network of Northwest Ohio, the Sustainability Commission or LiveWell Greater Toledo. Additionally, the United Way’s 211 system provides capabilities to access comprehensive lists of service providers in the region.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of relevant community planning documents and how the proposed program may correspond to and advance those plans leading to more efficient use of community resources. Examples of relevant planning documents include, but are not limited to, County Community Health Assessments, the Toledo-Lucas County Going Beyond Green Sustainability Plan, the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo’s Strategic Plan for Arts & Culture, various county plans for Mental Health and Recovery Services, the Area Office on Aging 2019-2022 Strategic Plan, the Northwest Ohio/Southeast Michigan Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, Framework for Tutoring Services (Greater Toledo Community Foundation/Lourdes University) and the City of Toledo Neighborhood Plans.
  • Propose a specific program rather than general operating support for the organization.
  • Propose to generate matching funds, thus leveraging additional support and include athoughtful, reasonable plan for obtaining continuing financial support once Foundation funds are expended.
  • Contents of a Proposal

The following information must be included in all proposals:

Purpose and Need – State the goals and objectives of the project. Identify the problems or needs which will be addressed. Identify the population that will benefit from this project or program.

Implementation – Summarize the plans and timeframe for implementation of this project. Identify the individual(s) who will be responsible for overseeing the program and briefly describe their qualifications.

Evaluation – State the criteria and procedure that will be used to evaluate the success of the proposed program. Relate this evaluation to the stated goals and objectives.

Sustainability – Identify plans for securing ongoing support for this project once Foundation funds are expended. Include anticipated future financial needs of the program, potential sources of funding, etc.

Project Budget – Attach a one-page project budget, which:

  • specifies the requested grant period;
  • delineates line-item expenses that clearly detail the proposed use of grant funds; and
  • lists projected income (both solicited and received) and expenses for the proposed
  • project.


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