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SJRE Grant November 2021 Presentation.pptxInformational Session on the Social Justice & Racial Equity Grant 2021 1 November 2021 Agenda Welcome. Who & What is the Human Rights Commission? History,Purpose,Process for the grant. Tips on writing a successful grant application. Q &A 2 Human Rights Commission Nine residents of Iowa City who are appointed by the City Council to serve 3-year terms. Commissioners, all committed to civil rights, reflect a broad cross section of the community, thus insuring diversity of ideas and interests. Outreach & Education on Human Rights Commissioners 5 Youth Awards 2019 Human Rights Awards 2021 Annual Programs & Events Programs & Events Background and History of the Social Justice and Racial Equity Grant In 2017, the City Council created the Social Justice and Racial Equity (SJRE) Grant to assist community- based organizations in building capacity to address social justice and racial equity needs. Seventy-five thousand dollars has been allocated yearly for the SJRE Grant since fiscal year 2019. FY17 & FY18 Grantees FY19, FY20, FY21 Grantees Organization FY20 Successful Living $18,000.00 Sudanese Community Center $13,520.00 Labor Center $15,500.00 Little Creations Academy $7,360.00 Center for Worker Justice $8,975.98 Antelope Lending Library $6,644.00 Inside Out Reentry $5,000.00 Organization FY21 Johnson County Affordable Housing $15,000.00 Open Heartland $14,749.00 Labor Center $20,000.00 Sankofa Outreach Connection $15,000.00 U of I Food Pantry $6,075.00 Bike Library $4,000.00 Purpose & Definitions •PURPOSE: Encourage, Empower, and Engage Social Justice and Racial Equity Initiatives to Eliminate Inequities •DEFINITION: The goal is full and equal participation of all groups and individuals in a society that is mutually shaped to meet their needs,allow them to reach their full potential, and limit/decrease barriers. This definition includes a vision of society that is equitable, and where all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure. Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice by Adams,Bell and Griffin (2007). 4 Priority Service Areas PROPOSAL SHOULD ADDRESS ONE OR MORE OF THESE AREAS. Building Communities Criminal Justice Education Employment Health Housing Requirement of the SJRE Grants 1. physically located in Iowa City. 2. Proposal should seek to eliminate an inequity in the community (individual, institutional, or structural). 3.New project,that assists individuals or groups that have been marginalized. Restrictions of the SJRE Grant 1.Not considered a permanent funding source but if awarded funding, an organization can reapply a second year for that project to be funded. 2.Governments, public schools, and colleges/universities cannot be primary applicants. 3.Applicants can request no more than $25,000. ***There are no restrictions on whether applicants are for profit or not for profit. Important Information 12 The intent and purpose of the SJRE grant is to serve and benefit persons in Iowa City as much as reasonably possible. The Commission will consider whether there is a sustainability plan for after the grant funding has ended. The Commissioners may submit questions to applicants via staff during the review process if necessary. Recipients of the SJRE grant must present to the Commission and the community on their project after completion of the grant cycle. Start early. Late applications are not reviewed. Cut and paste the application into a Word or similar document and then cut and paste back when ready to submit. Suggestions Please be sure you are communicating the background and goals of your project clearly. Keep in mind the reader may not be as familiar with the important needs of the population that you are focusing on. Provide a good comprehensive background for your proposal with as much data as possible so the reader has all the facts and information. Have someone proofread the application for you to make sure it’s grammatically clear and that you have met all the guidelines. Think of your proposal as offering a solution to the issues you are presenting. Be clear and specific about the outcomes you’re hoping for. 13 Budget Maximum reward is $25,000 per grantee. Try not to ask for more than you really need. Everything in the budget should be reflected in the narrative,and vice versa. No more than 25% of total funding requested should be for operational costs.i.e.payroll,rent,office supplies,utilities, insurance,and taxes Partial funding may be allocated, if the applicant has clearly stated on the application form that the project can be completed with less funding. The Commission will factor into its recommendationwhetheranorganizationhasorwillreceivefundingfromtheCity,if so the amount and duration. 14 15 Timeline December 1 through January 7 The Human Rights Commission will send a recommendation to the City Council for review and approval no later than March 31, 2022. Funding allocated by June 1, 2022. 17 •Mission Statement •Year of Operation •Annual Budget •Past Projects •Proposal •People Served •Cost to Participate •Collaborative Effort •Timeline •Outcomes with Indicators The Application https://www.iowa-city.org/Forms/SJRE_Grant Scoring 18 3 Sections Organizational Information, 10 points Proposal,60 points Funding Amount,30 points. The highest score =100 points. Section 1: Organizational Information 1.Goals of the organization align with Social Justice or Racial Equity. 2.Mission statement of the organization align with Social Justice or Racial Equity? Section 2: The Proposal 1.Does it advance social justice or racial equity? 2.Is there a community need? 3.Will it have a significant impacton community members? 4.Is it sustainable? 5.Are there specific outcomesand performance measures? Section 3: Amount Requested 1.Amount requested covers the service, project, or activity? 2.Would it need to be supplemented to cover the service,project or activity? 3.Timeline for project? Rankings 22 What to do between now and December 1? 1.Look at the past applications whether funded or not?Duplication? 2.Priorities of your organization?Indicators,needs,gaps in service or problems?That your organization can address. 3.Think of ways you can provide proof or evidence of the inequity. Community trends?Data?What does it show or demonstrate. 4.Develop an action plan: 1.How can you address the inequity? 2.What supports are needed? 3.What funding is needed? 4.Can you do it without full funding? 5.How will success be measured? 23 Expectations if awarded 1.Required to submit 2 program reports on progress towards the stated goals (November 1, 2022 and April 1, 2023). 2.An annual accounting report describing,at minimum,the uses of funds received during the prior year (July 31,2023). 24 Conditional Status The Equity Director,with the approval of the City Manager,may place the Recipient on conditional status when one or more serious problems are identified that puts the Recipient’s agreement with the City of Iowa City in jeopardy.Problems may be in service delivery,board activity,agency administration,fiscal management, cooperation with other agencies,compliance with this agreement,or any other failure to further the stated goals of the grant request. Following the placement of the Recipient on conditional status,the Equity Director will meet with the Recipient’s director and board members to discuss the concerns/problems as identified by the Equity Director.The Equity Director will provide the Recipient with a written memo outlining the concerns/problems,specific corrective action steps,and time frames for completion.The Recipient will provide periodic reports and meet with the Equity Director during this period to ensure that satisfactory progress is being made. If the Recipient fails to meet the requirements of this agreement and/or the action step memo within the appropriate time frame as specified,the Equity Director may recommend to the City Manager that recipient be barred from receiving any future funding from the Social Justice and Racial Equity Grant for a minimum of 2 years. 25 Sources Used &Cited Grant Writing 101,Eric Christianson The Only Grant Writing Book You Will Ever Need,Anthony Hollis. Race and Social Justice Initiative Racial Equity Fund;2016 Info Session 27 Follow the Office of Equity & Human Rights on Instagram!!! Follow Up Questions? Email humanrights@iowa- city.org or Call 319- 356-5022 29Questions?