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The Erie Community Foundation by jennyyingdi


									The Erie Community
2012 Grantmaking Process
• Erie Vital Signs
• Helping Today Grants
• Shaping Tomorrow
             Erie Vital Signs
• 10 year Community Indicator Project
• Strong Community Partners (i.e., Erie Regional
  Chamber & Growth Partnership, United Way,
  Nonprofit Partnership)
• Not program- vehicle for change
• Public Ownership
• 8 Program Areas or Priority Areas
• Indicators for each of these areas- measurement
  points to let us know how we are doing in these 8
  areas. Please see following slides for detail..
Cultural Vitality

    1.   Overview
             Erie has many cultural amenities. This includes many arts and cultural organizations which help
             to improve the quality of life of the residents of our community. Some of examples of these are:
             ArtsErie, Flagship Niagara and the Art Museum.

    2.   Indicators
         •   Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Employees
         •   Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Establishments
         •   Arts & Cultural Attendance
         •   Arts & Cultural Revenue
         •   ArtsErie United Fund Drive
         •   National Arts Index
Community & Civic Engagement

1.    Overview
          This area represents the parts of our region where the citizens are engaged to take an active role
          in their community. Examples of these include neighborhood watch groups, voter registration
          drives, parents engagement in their children's’ schools and recreational sports leagues.

2.    Indicators
      •   Volunteerism
      •   Offenses Committed & Arrests Made
      •   Offenses Committed by Category
      •   Family and Social Support
      •   Social Capital
      •   Voter Participation
The Economy

1.   Overview
           Some of our region’s daily existence revolves about economic indicators. Currently,
           Erie is known as an “Eds and Meds” community because of its many academic
           institutions and hospitals. Also, the region’s hospitality and tourism industries flourish
           especially over the summer. However, there is also much poverty in large pockets of
           Erie County which point to many community unmet needs.

2.       Indicators
     •     Business Community
     •     Employment
     •     Median Household Income
     •     Homeownership
     •     Per Capita Income
     •     Poverty
     •     Visitor & Tourism Impact

1.    Overview
          This Vital Signs area relates to the multitude of local governments at all levels. Clearly,
          our region could derive tremendous benefit from our municipalities working together and
          sharing costs. Many believe this system of functional fragmentation creates inefficiencies
          that put our state, and region, at a competitive disadvantage.

2.    Indicators
      •   Government Employees
      •   Government Entities
      •   Council of Governments
      •   Airport Departures
1.       Overview
             Erie is resource-rich when it comes to healthcare programs and services
             available. Yet, disparities driven by race, income, and other barriers to access
             remain. Our community needs to level the playing field to ensure optimum and
             economic health care for all its citizens. Other health issues that are of
             significance for Erie County include: obesity, teen pregnancy and behavioral

2.       Indicators
         •   Percent of adults with fair or poor health status
         •   Percent of births to mothers under 18
         •   Percent of adults/children who are overweight or obese
         •   Percent of adults with no medical home
         •   Percent of adults/children with no health insurance

             For a complete listing of Health indicators please visit
1. Overview
         It is clear that our region is surrounded by great environmental resources
         such as Presque Isle, Lake Erie, our streams, or our four seasons of
         outdoor activities. Interest in skiing, hunting, fishing, biking and other
         outdoor activities remains high. Presque Isle remains an ecological gem
         that is loved, and used, by thousands. As a community, we need to
         continue to invest in resources and best practices that will promote a
         healthier environment for future generations. This includes investing
         things like environmental education, land conservation, water and air
         quality and animal welfare.

2. Indicators
     •   Population and Housing Density
     •   Green Buildings in Erie County
     •   Recycling
     •   Physical Environment
PreK-12 Education
1.    Overview
          Consultants tell us third grade reading levels correlate closely with the number of prison
          beds a community needs in future years. Access to quality education is the great
          equalizer. Successful communities foster a lifelong love of learning in schools, in homes,
          and in the workplace. Research shows that a strong educational foundation leads to
          better employment opportunities, a more competitive workforce, and ultimately the ability
          community’s ability to remain competitive in today’s global economy. Higher educational
          attainment is a direct corollary to higher income, better health, and a host of other factors
          that make individuals, and communities, more productive.

2.    Indicators
      •   Educational Attainment
      •   PSSA Results
      •   SAT Scores
      •   Early Childhood Education Programs Participation
      •   Early Childhood Education – Risk Factor Comparison
      •   Early Childhood Risk Factors – Birth-Related
      •   Early Childhood Risk Factors – Education-Related
      •   Early Childhood Risk Factors – Family-Related
Brain Gain
1.    Overview
          Most Erie County parents know our children continue to leave us. Our region’s average age
          continues to increase. The gap between the educational attainment levels of Erie County
          residents compared to Pennsylvania and State averages continues to grow. Graduates of
          our local colleges and universities leave us. Perhaps most tragically, our children who have
          found success elsewhere, and who now want to move back home, often can’t find good
          local job opportunities. Erie County needs to be a community that attracts young adults,
          reflects tolerance and inclusiveness and pride in its community assets. Finally, the region
          needs a business climate that supports innovation and entrepreneurs; which promotes
          Brain Gain vs. Brain Drain.

2.    Indicators
      •   Educational Spending
      •   Educational Attainment
      •   Post-Graduate Activity
     Helping Today Process
•   Definition
•   Deadlines
•   Helping Today General Eligibility
•   Basic Needs/ Urgent Grants
•   Great Ideas Grants
•   Review Process
    Helping Today Process
-aimed at quickly responding to nonprofit needs
-simple, short online application
-Three types: Basic Needs, Urgent, Great Ideas
• Helping Today questions:
   – Program Associate- Tiffanie P. Collazo
      Helping Today Process- Eligibility
The following criteria applies to All Helping Today Grant Projects (Basic
  Needs, Urgent and Great Ideas)

•   Only for Erie County 501c3 nonprofits and/or fiscal sponsor
•   Project limited to $5,000 to $15,000
•   Must relate to a Vital Signs Program Area
•   Application deadlines six times per year – 2 month response timeframe
•   Can only apply once a year to both Basic Needs or Great Ideas
•   Can only apply once a year to Urgent grant

    ECF is partnering with the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA) for social service
    requests that fall within both Basic Needs and Great Ideas
             Helping Tomorrow Grants
                   will not fund
•   Programs outside of Erie County •   Sectarian Religious Activities
•   Individuals                     •   Endowment Campaigns
•   Program Ads                     •   Municipal Capital related costs
•   Fundraising Events              •   Internships
•   Deficit Reduction               •   Field Trips
•   Government Funding Cuts         •   Scholarship funds
     Helping Today* 2012 Deadlines
      Application Date    Announcement
                  th               st
      January 16          March 1
                 st              st
      March 1             May 1
              st                st
      May 1               July 1
             nd                         st
      July 2              September 1
                     rd                st
      September 3         November 1
                    st              st
      November 1          January 1
*Applies   to Basic Needs and Great Ideas
                   Basic Need Eligibility
• Addresses issues that interfere with nonprofits’ effectiveness,
  efficiency or ability to serve clients
• Resembles ECF’s grantmaking before Vital Signs
• One-yr program expansion (i.e., additional space in facility to expand
  health education classes)
• Capital, basic communications and/or technology needs (i.e.,
  computers to conduct program in rural areas)
• Program to improve service delivery or staff training (i.e., staff training
  on anti-bullying practices)
• If Urgent in nature- must clarify in application
               Basic Need Priorities
• Service to a broad community clientele or a targeted underserved
• A clearly identified need with a justifiable solution that has been fully
• Impact on organizational efficiency, effectiveness of service
  delivery, and/or increased scope of services or number of clients
• Connection to a facility, communications, technology, or strategic
• A realistic and reasonable budget that demonstrates the
  organization has contributed to the request through additional
  efforts, in-kind support, partnership, or other funds.
• If Urgent- agency has demonstrated the request is related to a new
  opportunity or unexpected need
             Basic Need Application
• Strictly online- must access through ECF website
• Same application for Basic Needs or Urgent
• Urgent will have quicker ECF turnaround
• Relates to Vital Signs by Program Area- not Indicator
• Need to specify in application the type of funding requested (for
  example, operations, service delivery or program expansion)
• Needs to complete the budget worksheet complete with the
  narrative section at bottom- special attention to bids and/or
• Must explain how request for funds will meet specific need
               Great Ideas Eligibility
• New for this year!
• Must promote innovation in project, program and/or event (i.e.,
  educational collaborative involving arts, health and technology)
• Idea that can move to reality
• Activities that encourage broad community engagement and/or
• Also time-limited
• Pilot projects (i.e., project to teach local history to school-aged
• Concept could serve as springboard for future Shaping
  Tomorrow grant
          Great Ideas Priorities
• A clearly identified need
• A justifiable solution and approach that has
  been fully researched and is unique for the
• Has a strong team and a plan for
  implementation, and
• A realistic and reasonable budget request
                Great Ideas Application
•   Strictly online- must access through ECF website
•   Different application from Basic Needs/Urgent
•   Relates to Vital Signs by Program Area- not Indicator
•   Needs to complete the budget worksheet complete with the narrative section at
•   Recommended to include letters of support and/or collaboration
•   Must explain how the project is new and/or how different request for funds will
    meet specific need
          Helping Today Grant Review
•   Proposal Review Criteria
•   Site Visit
•   Basic/Great ideas- 8 weeks decision
•   Urgent- 30 days decision
•   All Reviews involve internal staff due diligence and
    external committee review

Shaping Tomorrow Process
  •   Definition
  •   Deadlines
  •   Eligibility
  •   Letter of Intent (LOI)
  •   Application
  •   Review Process
             Shaping Tomorrow
   – Larger grants, aimed at addressing more complex,
     systemic and Erie County priority issues as indicated by
     Erie Vital Signs
   – Two part application process: online Letter of Intent and
     online comprehensive application
  Shaping Tomorrow Deadlines
   LOI Date*          Application Date Announcement
February 1st March 1                         May 4th
July 2nd     August 1                        October 5th

* Letters of Intent could be submitted at any time but official
decision will take place at these times.
       Shaping Tomorrow Eligibility
•   Can be multi-year, $20,000 to $100,000 range
•   Must use Letter of Inquiry
•   Impact a community need based on priority issue(s) as indicated
    by Erie Vital Signs.
•   Demonstrate a program design based on proven or best practices
    addressing that issue.
•   Promotes problem solving that supports partnership and
•   Addresses a unique community need without duplication of
•   Serve a broad number of people or has long-lasting community
•   Incorporates sound programmatic methods, implementation plans,
    and evaluation.
•   Has a realistic and reasonable budget and plan for sustainability.
•   Demonstrates strong organizational capacity, governance, and
    commitment to a project.
          Shaping Tomorrow Eligibility
                 will not fund

•   Programs outside of Erie County •   Sectarian Religious Activities
•   Individuals                     •   Endowment Campaigns
•   Program Ads                     •   Municipal Capital related costs
•   Fundraising Events              •   Internships
•   Deficit Reduction               •   Field Trips
•   Government Funding Cuts         •   Scholarship funds
            Shaping Tomorrow LOI

• Letter of Intent is open to all nonprofits but very different from
  Helping Today
• Must be directly linked with specific Vital Signs Indicator(s)
• Twice a Year deadline
• Really a condensed version of application
• Full Online Application ONLY after successful LOI and
  invitation by Program Officers:
   – Amanda Brown Sissem (Cultural Vitality, Economy, Education & Brain Gain)
   – David González (Community/Civic Engagement, Regionalism, Health &
     Shaping Tomorrow Application
•   After Letter of Intent
•   Two deadlines per year, also online
•   Much more rigorous application
•   Funding range $20,000 to $100,000
•   Program Partners and matching funds vital
•   Direct link to VS Indicators with emphasis on evidence-
    based, researched intervention
• Program/Project questions: Program Officers
    – Amanda Brown Sissem:
    – David González:
        Shaping Tomorrow Application
For assistance please contact: Amanda Brown Sissem
•   Cultural Vitality: develop new audiences, spark innovative programming,
    drive economic activity, and increase arts in education programming.
•   Economy: leverage for other economic development funding, redevelop
    neighborhoods, enhance the financial capacity of low income families, and
    increase access to and training for family sustaining jobs.
•   Pre K – 12 Education: enhance the out of school time offerings and system
    needs, increase access to high quality early childhood programs, support
    positive youth development, enhance school to career pathways.
•   Brain Gain: engage diverse individuals and newcomers, expand leadership
    opportunities for college and young adults, develop positive brand for Erie
    aimed at young adults, and improve vitality of Downtown Erie.
       Shaping Tomorrow Application
For assistance please contact: David González
• Community and Civic Engagement: start community-wide volunteer
   hubs, provide incentives for parental involvement in schools, community-
   wide engagement tools, and voter education and participation.
• Regionalism: research and tools that support and encourage local
   governmental entities to explore, incentivize, and implement efficiencies,
   and to further collaboration and cooperation
• Health: implement systemic school and community-based wellness
   initiatives to increase access to care, address food deserts disparities in
   low income communities, address system issues related to prevention of
   teen pregnancy, child abuse, and substance abuse.
• Environment: conduct and implement intelligent land use plans, educate
   and engage citizens about our local environmental agenda, protect natural
   habitat and important regional assets, address local controls over water
   and air quality.
        Shaping Tomorrow Application
Besides Vital Sigs Indicators Link…
• Traditional questions regarding target population, community need,
  goals, outcomes, project design and evaluation
• New items for 2012:
   – More specific link to Erie Vital Signs
   – More detail on research-based intervention/approach
   – Logic Model upload
   – Outcome Measurement Plan upload
   – Questions regarding financial strength, investments, reserves
   – Multi-year budgets (revenues & expenses)
       Shaping Tomorrow Strategies
• VS Indicator Driven
• Connect Program Areas
   – If appropriate
• Broad Community Impact
   – Aim higher
• Cross sector collaboration
   – Must verify with documentation
• Evidence Based/Best Practice
   – Should cite evidence, justification for
     program design
   Shaping Tomorrow Process Review
• Staff Review of Letters of Intent
• Invitation to Proposal for selected LOI applicants
• Detailed Proposal Review and Scoring by staff and
  external committee
• Site Visit is required
• 2x a year decision (30 days LOI) (60 days application)
1. Note the changes in both Helping Today and Shaping Tomorrow
   Grant Processes for 2012
2. Consult with Program Associate or Program Officers to best
   determine which application to utilize (basic, urgent, great
   ideas, LOI)
3. Review tutorials and websites (ECF and Erie Vital Signs) for
   specific guidelines and Indicator information
4. Craft your application- submit online by deadline

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