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					                                       Tallahassee COPE Coalition
                                          Request for Proposals
                                      Community Engagement Grants

                                         February 7 – March 20, 2012

Background

Florida A & M University, Florida Family Network, and the Tallahassee COPE Coalition is a partner with the Blue
Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation (BCBSF Foundation) in addressing the causes of childhood obesity in
the City of Tallahassee and Leon County. In coordination with public, corporate and media partners in our
community, we developed the Tallahassee Call to Action Plan. We are seeking proposals from eligible
organizations (see page 2) that will support and promote the strategies, activities and policies outlined in the call to
action, which can be accessed: www.tallycope.org.


Purpose of Community Engagement Grants
    To support qualifying local eligible organizations, government entities, community coalitions and faith-
      based organizations that provide community education and outreach on the importance of good nutrition,
      physical activity and healthy weight for children and their families.
    To increase community access to physical activity opportunities (built environment) and activities.
    To increase access to healthy food and nutrition.
    To increase the consumption of healthy foods and the amount of physical activity children receive.
    To develop or strengthen collaborative efforts to implement local public policies that promotes physical
      activity and healthy eating.

Grantees will be expected to continue their involvement with the Tallahassee COPE Coalition during and beyond
the grant period.

Approach and Strategy
The approach of the Community Engagement Grants is to fund programs that support and promote the strategies,
activities and policies outlined in Tallahassee COPE Coalition Call to Action plan. Therefore, it is imperative that
an organization explicitly addresses how its proposed program relates to one or more of the target areas within the
Call to Action plan:
    Call to Action #1 - Engage and support best practices, data gaps, and policies
    Call to Action #2 - Design, implement and evaluate local community-based health and wellness programs
    Call to Action #3- Engage and support of school-based wellness programs and youth leadership initiatives
    Call to Action #4- Engage and support early childhood development education and parental and family
                         involvement and engagement
    Call to Action #5- Engage and support access to local healthy foods
    Call to Action #6- Engage and support physical activity and access to visual and cultural performing arts for
                         local youth

A full list of the above strategies can be found in the “Call to Action” section of the Tallahassee COPE Call to Action
Plan publication.

Proposals are welcome from eligible organizations interested in creating community environments and policies that
support healthy lifestyles, specifically with regards to healthy food choices and opportunities for regular physical
activity for children. Preference will be given to projects that:

       Demonstrate sustainability and contribute to the sustainability of the Tallahassee COPE Coalition;
       Engage community members in the implementation of strategies that launch new or expand existing
        programs, and/or
       Collaborate among different organizations, especially across different sectors, to operationalize
        approaches that address childhood obesity.



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Preference will also be given to eligible organizations and programs that address: health disparities, cultural
barriers, disadvantaged communities, and the engagement of parents and families.
In order to build organizational capacity and leverage resources, applicants are strongly encouraged to collaborate
with community partners and stakeholders such as:
         • City of Tallahassee or Leon County Government
         • Healthcare systems and providers
         • Schools and after-school programs
         • Early childhood advocates and providers
         • Community, faith-based, youth and senior organizations (we are encouraging intergenerational learning)
         • The media and marketing community
         • Agencies that provide access to physical activities and exercises
         • Tallahassee employers

Eligible Organizations
To be eligible to apply, an organization must be recognized as either a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization as defined
by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or a government entity, such as county health department, public library,
public school, academic institution, etc. An eligible entity may serve as a fiscal agent for a charitable organization
or a coalition or consortium applying for funding. All services must be provided in the area defined by the call to
action of Leon County Florida. Organizations must be located in or partner with the City of Tallahassee and/or
Leon County and programs for which they are seeking funding must be operated in the City of Tallahassee or Leon
County and directly serve the residents of the City of Tallahassee and/or county of Leon.

Ineligible Organizations
Grants will NOT be awarded to or for:
     Individuals
     Fundraising events or celebrations
     Political or lobbying organizations or activities
     Religious organizations for religious purposes
     Private foundations
     Type III Supporting Organizations
     Programs or organizations that do not directly serve Floridians
     Organization located outside Florida
     Organizations that discriminate against others based on weight, age, race, ethnicity, religious-preference,
        sexual-orientation, physical and mental abilities, socio-economic status, etc.
     Programs and projects that pay for, or reimburse individuals for, premiums, co-pays, deductibles and other
        health insurance-related expenses

Allowable Costs and Activities
The following types of activities and expenses are allowed as part of a proposed project:
     Salaries and benefits for staff
     Program supplies
     Conferences or symposia
     Equipment
     Printing, publications or media projects
     Office supplies
     Support of health professional training and support of project training and development
     Travel
     Existing operating costs
     Support for community education activities that are consistent with the Tallahassee COPE Coalition’s
         mission
     Consulting projects to help an organization improve its capabilities, capacity, efficiency and/or effectiveness

Unallowable Costs and Activities
    Scholarships
    Individual Costs
    Membership fees

Grant Details

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Approximately $200,000 in Community Engagement Grants to support approximately 20- 25 grants for the City of
Tallahassee/Leon County based projects. Grants will vary in size from a minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of
$10,000 per year. We will entertain proposals for up to two years, $10,000 a year for a total of $20,000. Only one
grant per organization will be funded. All grant activities must be completed no later than 12 months after the award
date. Successful proposals will be notified by the end of April 2012 by telephone. Declined proposals will receive
a letter by March 30, 2012. Funding decisions will be publicly announced in early May.


How to Apply
Complete the following and submit to:

Mail to by March 20, 2012 by 5:00:
Sokoya Finch
Florida Family Network
P.O. Box 6129
Tallahassee, FL 32314
           Or
EMAIL: by March 20, 2012 by 5:00
daytalk@aol.com

Contact Information for grant questions:
    Keithen Mathis, Grant Technical Assistant: email: Kmathis@fsu.edu or telephone: 850-644-9709 or
       cell: 850-321-5640.
    Miaisha Mitchell, COPE Leadership Team: email: Mmiaisha@aol.com or telephone: 850-224-8404
       or cell: 850-284-0366

Only nonprofit organizations with proof of 501(c)(3) status via IRS designation letter or a government
entity are qualified to receive this funding. If you do not have this documentation, you may partner with
another eligible organization that does maintain this status (refer back to eligible list on page 2).

Organization Information
Organization Name
Tax ID Number (Employer
Identification Number)
Mailing Address (PO Box
or Street)
City, State, ZIP Code
County
Phone
FAX (if applicable)
Website (if applicable)
Mission Statement
Population(s) Served by
the Requesting
Organization
Geographical Area Served
by Requesting
Organization
Programs and Activities
of the Requesting
Organization
Annual Operating Budget        $
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Organization Information
of the Requesting
Organization
Amount of Funding
Requested


Names, Titles and
Business Affiliations of
Board of Directors


Organization Primary Contact Information: President, CEO, Executive Director
Prefix
First Name
Middle Name or
Initial
Last Name
Suffix
Title
Email
Office Phone and
extension
Cell Phone


Application Contact Information (if different from Organization Primary Contact)
Prefix
First Name
Middle Name or Initial
Last Name
Suffix
Title
Email
Office Phone and
extension
Cell Phone



Project/Program Information – Your proposal/application will not be considered if the word limits are
exceeded.
Project/Program Title
Amount Requested          $
Annually (not to exceed
$10,000 per year)
Project/Program Total     $
Budget
Grant/Funding Period (in
months: 12 or 24)

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Project/Program Information – Your proposal/application will not be considered if the word limits are
exceeded.
County(ies) to be Served
Call to Action Focus
Area(s) to be Addressed.      Engage and support best practices, data gaps, and policies
Check one or all that apply   Design, implement and evaluate local community-based health and wellness
in the box to the right.       programs
(Please read the complete     Engage and support of school-based wellness programs and youth leadership
Call to Action that your       initiatives
proposal directly             Engage and support early childhood development education and parental and
addresses one or more of       family involvement and engagement
the key items listed within   Engage and support access to local healthy foods
the Call to Action focus      Engage and support physical activity and access to visual and cultural
areas.)                        performing arts for local youth

Number of People to be
Served. Specify if
unduplicated or repeat
participants.
Target Population to be
Served. Please describe
the population/ community
to be served -- ages,
ethnicity, race, languages,
genders, ability, economic
status, etc. – (Limit 100
words.)
Project/Program Need.
Summarize what you are
proposing to do and what
results you hope to
achieve. Why is this
project/program needed in
this community and how
does it align with the call to
action? (Limit 250 words)
Project/Program Goals,
Activities Outcomes and
Measures of Success
(including timeline).
Provide a general
description of how you
plan to address the needs
described above and how
you plan to determine
results. (Limit 3 goals and
100 words)
Outreach Strategies.
Describe how your project
will target, recruit and
retain program
participants. Include the
names of organizations
with which you may
partner to recruit
participants. Attach letters
of commitment as
appropriate. (Limit 250
words)
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Project/Program Information – Your proposal/application will not be considered if the word limits are
exceeded.
Other Funders and/or
Community Partners (if
applicable). Describe
relationship, including
amount of funding from
each (if applicable). Attach
letters of commitment (if
applicable).
Who is responsible for
the project
implementation? Provide
name(s), job title(s). If new
position, attach job
description (see
instructions at end of
application).




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                               PROJECT LINE-ITEM BUDGET AND NARRATIVE
A listing of all anticipated sources of revenue, and reasonable and customary expenses associated with this
project. Please use this form.

Organization Name
Program/Project Title
Program / Project Revenue                    TOTAL
This Grant Request
Other Foundation Grants
Government Grants
Corporate Support
United Way and Other Federated
Campaigns
Individual Donations and Bequests
Special Events / Fundraisers
Fees, Memberships and Earned Income
Contract Income
Loans
In-kind
Other (describe)
                                    TOTAL
Program/Project Expenses                     TOTAL              This Grant                    Narrative
Salaries and Wages
Benefits and Taxes
            Salaries and Benefits Subtotal
Contracted Services / Professional Fees
Equipment and Supplies
Marketing / Communications
Events / Meetings
Training
Travel / Mileage
Construction / Renovation Costs
Other
                         TOTAL EXPENSES




Attachments
IRS Letter of Determination: Provide a copy of the IRS letter designating your nonprofit status with the
Internal Revenue Service.

Job Description(s): Provide a job description ONLY if the grant will be used to hire someone associated
with managing or supporting the proposed project.

Letters of Commitment and/or Memoranda of Understanding: Provide ONLY if the proposed project
requires the collaboration of other organizations/agencies. Items must be signed by that
organization/agency and clearly outline its commitment to the proposed project.

Organization’s Audited Financial Statement or other statement of financial activities.


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