Funder Collaborative for Reading Success - Springfield Early Literacy Grant Program - Year 2
Request for Proposals
THE FUNDER COLLABORATIVE FOR READING SUCCESS
The Funder Collaborative for Reading Success (FCRS) was initiated by the SIS Fund, a fund administered by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, with leadership from the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation.
FCRS members include:
§ Babson Capital Management LLC
§ Baystate Health
§ Berkshire Bank Foundation
§ Beveridge Family Foundation
§ Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts,
§ Hampden Bank
§ Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation
§ Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual)
§ Nellie Mae Education Foundation
§ Peoples United Bank Foundation
§ SIS Fund
§ TD Bank Foundation
§ United Way of Pioneer Valley
The goal of the Funder Collaborative for Reading Success is to strengthen and advance early literacy skill development in children from birth to age 9 to ensure children in Springfield are reading at a proficient level by fourth grade. The Funder Collaborative for Reading Success is seeking proposals for the 2013 Springfield Early Literacy Grant Program.
SPRINGFIELD EARLY LITERACY GRANT PROGRAM
Please see the Springfield Early Literacy Grant Program Request for Proposals for comprehensive information about this funding opportunity.
The FCRS seeks proposals from proven providers in any of the following three areas of strategic focus:
- Family education and engagement focused on building families’ capacity to support children’s language, emergent literacy, and reading skills.
- Increasing the capacity of early education and care, out-of-school time, and summer learning programs to provide high-quality support for children’s language, emergent literacy, and reading skills.
- Increasing children’s opportunities to access high-quality early education and care, out-of-school time, and summer learning programs that impact their language, emergent literacy, and reading skills.
The deadline is Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 4:30PM.
The minimum grant size is $25,000. This will be a highly competitive grantmaking process. Funding will be given to qualifying organizations with a proven track record of successfully impacting early literacy achievement in the FCRS’ three areas of strategic focus. In making grant decisions, a heavy emphasis will be placed on the proven provider’s ability to measure the impact of its work. Only the most effective strategies will be funded.
The Early Literacy Grant application – using the AGM Common Proposal Form, [Cover Sheet, Full Narrative, Budget, Budget Narrative, Resumes or Bios of Key Staff, and the Diversity Data Form, including additional attachments -- is due on March 27, 2013 at 4:30PM. Please see full submission guidelines on page 6 of the RFP.
BRIEFING SESSION/QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
The FCRS encourages all applicants to attend the Early Literacy Grant briefing at the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, 1500 Main Street, Suite 2300, Springfield on Wednesday March 6 from 11AM to 12:30 PM.
Please register for the briefing by sending an email to Santina Haywood at the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts at email@example.com. Space is limited. Please send only one staff person per organization.
If you have any questions about this application or the procedures, please contact Kathleen Traphagen, FCRS Project Coordinator, ReadingSuccessFunders@gmail.com.
BIDDERS Conference - March 6, 2013: Click [here] for notes and questions/answers from our Bidders Conference, and [here] for the list of attendees at the Bidders Conference.
Collaboration for the Advancement of Nursing: Developing Opportunities (CAN DO) alliance -- the REB in partnership with the Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation convenes the CAN DO partners. The project is focused on eliminating the shortages of nurses in the region and was one of ten sites across the country selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. http://www.rebhc.org/pages/healthcare_nursing.html