Restore The Core Micro-Grant Applicationadmin2023-11-17T15:33:12-06:00
RESTORE THE CORE Micro-Grant Guidelines and Requirements:
A well-conceived action plan will articulate the following elements:
Background of applying neighborhood association including its history, past projects/achievements and a list of active officers, leaders and participants
An innovative, new project idea or creative expansion of existing project with potential ongoing impact
A detailed action plan (see example & complete the action plan template)
Budget outline for proposed project (see example & complete the expenses template)
A project that seeks to achieve meaningful results
Community connections or partnerships
Award Duration:1 year. Project activities may not necessarily span the entire year but funds shall be expended within the award year. Unexpended funds at the end of the award year shall be returned to UAct. Awarded groups may seek extensions for unforeseen circumstances.
Round 1 Awards Funding Cycle: January 8, 2024 – December 31, 2024
UAct has contracted with TheSpringfield Project to provide neighborhood association capacity-building training and Restore the Core grant application assistance. Please contact TSP with questions at 217-753-3551.
Round 1 Application Deadlines
Capacity building training
9/11/2023 - 12/31/2023
The Springfield Project
Invitation to apply sent
This is an invitation-only grant program
Request technical assistance on application if needed
11/13/2023 - 12/17/2023
The Springfield Project
Postmarked or received in inbox by midnight
Awardees selected and applicants notified
Groups not awarded can contact UAct for feedback on their application with potential to apply in Round 2 or beyond. They are also strongly encouraged to participate in UAct-funded technical assistance if available.
Action plan modifications
discussed if needed
Awards may be contingent on UAct-requested project and budget modifications
Request technical assistance for modifications if needed
The Springfield Project
Application modifications submitted
Projects funded/funding cycle begins
Funds must be deposited in the neighborhood association’s or project-specific bank account with two signatories to be used for all project expenses. Award checks not appropriately deposited by 3/8/2023 will be cancelled. Fiscal agents will be considered.
Funding cycle ends
All Round 1 activities end
Final Report due
Exception: Projects that are not active for the entire year cycle must submit a final report 30 days after completion of the project
Projects that do not submit a final report will not be eligible to apply in subsequent funding cycles
Sample Project Ideas:
Voter mobilization efforts
Vacant lot cleanup
Neighborhood recycling campaign
Association capacity building
Association website or social media
Helping seniors maintain properties
Neighborhood wellbeing project
Improve digital skills
Neighborhood beautification project
Outdoor art project
Neighborhood ambassador or liaison program/ local government observer group
Neighborhood safety program
Government/institutions speaker’s series
A voter mobilization campaign could include community/neighborhood candidate forums, educational literature about the importance of voting and rides to the polls for the elderly.
Association capacity-building could include hosting neighborhood meetings with community leaders to educate members on relevant public policy topics, promote two-way communication and facilitate neighborhood-level advocacy.
Small volunteer stipends or incentives for members administering the project will be considered.
Payments to legitimate vendors for services, materials and/or supplies that advance your goals outlined in the grant award
Supporting minority &/or woman-owned businesses and those located in East Springfield is strongly encouraged
One-time or annual events are discouraged as the primary project but can be part of a larger initiative that promotes ongoing civic engagement. For example, hosting a neighborhood block party with food and children’s activities would not be eligible if it is a stand-alone, one time or even annual event. However, if the proposal included this activity as part of broader neighborhood engagement project or perhaps to celebrate a project’s success it may be considered an eligible activity.
Project with activities to jump-start an inactive neighborhood association
Project to plan, develop and activate a new neighborhood association
Fiscal agent fees (no more than 5% of grant award)
Salaries for neighborhood association members
Routine &/or past expenses of neighborhood association
Support for regular neighborhood programming
Activities considered primarily religious or partisan in scope
A “responsible party” for the Association (preferably the President but could be another officer) must submit the proposal on behalf of the neighborhood association and must sign an award acceptance letter outlining the terms and expectations of the agreement if funding is awarded. This person may or may not be the project’s coordinator but shall be the person responsible for implementation of the grant agreement and proper use of awarded funds.
Neighborhood Associations awarded a RESTORE THE CORE grant agree to expend the funds in a responsible manner consistent with the budget and action plan outlined in the acceptance document.
Funds must be deposited in a Neighborhood Association or project-specific bank account with two signatories to be used for all project expenses. UAct funds may not be deposited in an individuals’ bank account.
Any misuse of funds may be subject to legal or civil penalty.
Awarded associations may apply for funds for an existing funded or new project in subsequent years.
Awarded associations are encouraged to work with the program’s technical assistance provider if applicable.
UAct’s President/Founder has sole authority to select or reject projects for any reason not subject to explanation.
Regular and open communication between the awardees and UAct leadership is strongly encouraged. Contact Sheila Stocks-Smith at 217-691-9124 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UAct Recognition Language:
Entities awarded RESTORE THE CORE grants shall include the Urban Action Network logo and/or letterhead on its website, social media and/or promotional materials related to the funded project. The following statement will be included on all public-facing materials: This project is supported by a RESTORE THE CORE grant from the Smith/Stocks-Smith Family Foundation doing business as the Urban Action Network.
UAct’s Website/Social Media:
All awarded projects will allow UAct to feature project details on its website and social media and will provide UAct, upon request, pictures and/or other documentation of project activities and stories.
UAct is not liable for any aspect of the funded project. Neighborhood association project insurance is encouraged.
A final report using a UAct-provided template is required by all funded associations due one month after the project’s activities are complete or by the end of the calendar year funding cycle if the project remains active throughout the entire cycle. Projects that do not submit a final report will forfeit their chance to apply for a RESTORE THE CORE grant in subsequent funding cycles.
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