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Community Funding Opportunity

CSC Leon Local Funding Opportunity

CSC Leon released two procurements to implement and expand Family Support Services. Click here to learn more.

CSC Leon seeks to fund very specific program types under the “Family Supports” umbrella, starting August 1, 2023. The objective of these funding opportunities is to invest in a wide variety of programs that reach children, youth and families in their neighborhoods to promote connectivity, facilitate access to resources and increase family functioning. These are long-term funding opportunities that cross priority areas, are informed by the 2022 Community Needs Assessment and reflect input from the recent Family Listening Sessions. There is a strong focus on utilizing research informed programs, best practices and standards. These funding opportunities will also allow for some “grassroots” programs to build their evidence.  

    • Request for Proposals: Family Strengthening and Parent Education Programs
      Proposals should support the implementation or expansion of programs designed to promote protective factors, increase family self-sufficiency and prevent child maltreatment. These voluntary programs are designed to help families develop and maintain stable and nurturing caregiver-child relationships; learn effective and appropriate parenting skills to support child development and improve child behavior; enhance family communication and conflict resolution skills; and provide caregivers with social support and linkages to existing community resources.

      The majority of funds will be directed to “research-supported” programs that can demonstrate evidence of effectiveness. The remaining funds will be available to build the evidence of existing “grassroots” programs.
    • Request for Applications: Youth Mentoring
      Applications should support the implementation or expansion of Youth Mentoring Programs designed to promote positive youth development through the intentional paring of youth with caring, non-parental adults in a mentoring relationship. It is the intent of this procurement to fund programs that demonstrate capacity to incorporate very specific standards associated with positive outcomes. These voluntary programs may be designed to prevent juvenile crime and recidivism, foster academic achievement, encourage positive peer relationships and healthy behaviors, and support youth with specific severe needs, such as those struggling with mental health challenges or those who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Programs who focus on youth violence prevention will be prioritized. 

    The deadline for submissions is Monday, May 8, at 6:00 p.m. Decisions are expected on or around Friday, June 16. The contract period for this funding opportunity starts August 1, 2023. We strongly recommend reading the funding announcements in their entirety and taking advantage of the technical assistance opportunities listed below before starting an application.

    Technical Assistance
    CSC Leon will provide direct application assistance through the provision of select training opportunities listed below. Participation is not mandatory but strongly encouraged.

    • Family Strengthening/Parent Education Overview and Application Portal Tour (WATCH)
      • Friday, March 31, 1:00 p.m.
    • Youth Mentoring Overview and Application Portal Tour (WATCH)
      • Friday, March 31, 3:00 p.m.
    • Protective Factors Framework (REGISTER)
      • Tuesday, April 11, 2:00 p.m.
      • Wednesday, April 12, 10:00 a.m.

    Have specific questions? Applicants are permitted to submit questions directly to CSC Leon via email (procurement@cscleon.org) by no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 14, 2023. All questions and answers will be posted on the funding announcements page on Tuesday, April 18.

    Finally, CSC Leon contracted with the Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence (INIE) to provide direct training and coaching assistance throughout the application process at no cost to the applicant. You do not have to be a member of INIE to access these opportunities. Please contact a member of the INIE team to learn more.

    Please note that applications require separate documentation be included and uploaded into the application portal. No items should not be emailed to CSC Leon staff or Council Members. If you encounter difficulties, contact procurement@cscleon.org. Phone calls and text messages requesting support will NOT be accepted.