494 Main Street, Manchester, CT, 06040, US
Dear Community Group/Organization,
The Manchester Youth Commission's Philanthropy Committee is requesting proposals for Mini Grants of up to $1,000 per application to Manchester community groups which are either led by, or intended to benefit, youth in Manchester. Qualifying candidates must plan to facilitate a project or program which fulfills one of three categories: Out of School Time/After School Initiatives, Service Learning Initiatives, and Arts and Culture Initiatives. Grant money may not be used for religious instruction or materials, capital expenses, or donations to other organizations.
Applications for the Manchester Youth Commission Mini Grant Program are available on-line at www.manchesterct.gov and must be completed and submitted online no later than 4:00 p.m., December 10, 2019. Letters of support or recommendation are also required. Grant recipients whose proposals have been considered for funding will be notified by the third week of December and invited to a Public Meeting. All monies awarded must be used in full by August 31, 2020. Decisions will be based on recommendations of the Manchester Youth Commission Philanthropy Committee and the availability of funds. Submitting an application does not guarantee selection. Getting funded one year does not guarantee funding another year.
For additional information, please contact the Manchester Youth Service Bureau at (860) 647-5215.
Manchester Youth Commission Philanthropy Committee
December 10, 2019 | Grant proposals due
December 20, 2019 | Notification to groups/organizations being considered for funding
January 7, 2020 | Public Meeting (to allow for community input)
January 13-17, 2020 | Final funding decision and notification of selection to grant recipients
January 31, 2020 | Distribution of grant funds to recipients
Feb. through June | Site visits to grant recipients (if deemed necessary by the Grants Committee)
August 31, 2020 | Deadline for spending funds and submitting Final Budget Summary and Final Report
MANCHESTER YOUTH COMMISSION MISSION STATEMENT
The Manchester Youth Commission is a diverse group of youth, appointed by the Manchester Board of Directors, collaborating with local government in an effort to create open communication in the decision making process, making it possible to strengthen the community through the power of youth voice.
PURPOSE OF MANCHESTER YOUTH COMMISSION PHILANTHROPY PROGRAM
Who Can Apply?
Local Manchester non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and/or government/education organizations, neighborhoods groups, religious organizations, or other appropriate organizations.
How to Apply:
Step 1: Review the funding opportunities before making a request.
Step 2: Read project descriptions and select the project(s) that best match the interests and skills of your group.
Step 3: Complete the enclosed Grant Application.Decisions will be based on recommendations of the Manchester Youth Commission and the availability of funds. Submitting an application does not guarantee selection.
Funding Opportunity #1
Education and After School Services
Objective: To increase opportunities for OST (Out of School Time) programs that provide support services for youth in grades K through 12 who live in Manchester.
Will Fund: Enrichment programs, projects or initiatives that benefit the educational, social, emotional and/or physical well being of children
Grants up to $1000
Funding Opportunity #2
Service Learning Projects/Initiatives
Objective: To combine community service with education and reflection to create an enriched learning experience resulting in youth civic engagement
Will Fund: Youth initiated service projects in the areas of Education, Health and Human Services, Public Safety or Environmental Stewardship
Funding Opportunity #3
Arts and Culture Initiatives
Objective: To increase cultural opportunities for youth in grades K-12 living in Manchester
Will Fund: Programs such as dramatic arts, visual arts, music, dance, creative writing, or cultural activities
1. To qualify for funding:
2. Grant money MAY be used for the following:
Additionally, up to 50% of monies may be used for staff or contractual services.
3. Grant money MAY NOT be used for:
4. If approved for funding, you must:
If you have questions about the grant application or the eligibility of your project, please call the Youth Service Bureau at (860) 647-5213.
Please check the funding opportunity you are applying for:
Tell us about your proposed project:
Total Amount Requested
Letters of Support:
Please attach at least two (2) letters of support indicating the need for the project in your neighborhood, school or the community. These letters can be from youth or adults who are knowledgeable about your proposal.