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Two nonprofits join the 1st Year of SIPS Recipients

Small Investments for Program Success

On Thursday, June 20, the Children’s Services Council of Leon County (CSC Leon) approved the intent to fund two applications from its fourth (and final for now) round of the “Small Investments for Program Success” (SIPS) Initiative. The objective of this one-time, short-term funding is to allow small, nonprofits access to funding outside of the more robust priority funding cycles to support very targeted service delivery and/or events during the next six months. In addition, the limited scope funding (maximum of $15,000) will allow recipients who have historically been excluded from funding opportunities for a variety of reasons to build their internal infrastructure to comply with reporting and budgeting requirements. For some, this may be the first public financial investment they have ever received. The Council’s goal is to ensure their operational success and, ultimately, to assist them in better serving children, youth and families in Leon County more effectively.

The selected programs address one of the three CSC Leon priority areas and deploy a variety of service modalities. A brief overview for each program selected and the amounts allocated are listed below.

Healthy Children, Youth and Families
These programs are focused on improving physical and mental health, while reducing adverse childhood experiences.

  • AddUs Inc.: Expand access to free ultrasound technology to support pregnant mothers from priority neighborhoods — $15,000.
  • S.I.S.T.E.R.S Mentoring S.I.S.T.E.R.S Corporation: Program support to enhance and build capacity for mentoring programs for girls aged 10-19 in Griffin Heights — $15,000.

This funding is the fourth round in this program targeted at our small, nonprofit partners, bringing the total to 27 organizations funded since the first round opened in July 2023. The final list of our first cohort of SIPS recipients are listed below, by priority area.

Success in School and Life

  • Diamonds in the Rough Sports, Entertainment, and Education. Inc.
  • DJ Demp Foundation, Inc.
  • Divine Revelations Ministries, Inc.
  • Dream Builders Greatness Center, Inc.
  • FWPC Community Development Corporation
  • STEMS4Girls, Inc.
  • The Clean Start Initiative
  • The Project Bridge, Inc.

Healthy Children, Youth and Families

  • Domestic Violence Coordinating Council
  • Indaba, Inc.
  • Javacya Arts Conservatory
  • KidSafe
  • Lincoln Center Foundation, Inc.
  • The 850 Kings

Stable & Nurturing Families & Communities

  • Blautism, Inc.
  • Community Carpentry USA, Inc.
  • Consulting Together Community Outreach, Inc.
  • Inclusion Cafe
  • Life Skills and Leadership Academy
  • North Florida Community Development Corporation
  • TallyRobotics/Tallahassee LEGO Robotics Club, Inc.
  • Teenpreneur Foundation, Inc.
  • The Foundation for Wealth Building, Inc.
  • The Less Fortunate Still Matter Foundation
  • Youth Entrepreneur Program of Florida, Inc.

Finer Detail of Most Recent Round

In total, CSC Leon received six applications. All met the application criteria and completed the application correctly. The total amount requested was $90 thousand. Council members reviewed and ranked each application. Staff grouped the applications based on the rankings into two categories.

  • Recommended for Funding: Nearly unanimous support from multiple council members ​
  • Consider for Funding: Mixed support from council members​
  • Not at This Time: Little to no support from council members at this time

Ultimately, the Governing Council approved the applications that fell into the top category. A listing of all applications and their assigned grouping is available to view here.

This methodology resulted in two applications being selected to move forward in the funding process, with a total requested of $30,000.

Those applicants not selected for funding will have the opportunity to receive one-on-one technical assistance to help understand the strengths and opportunities of their application and build capacity to make future applications more competitive.

To learn more about the original call for proposals and applications, click here.


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