Purpose: To support and help catalyze small scale, time-sensitive community interventions, whether action or research based, that are consistent with the SCRA vision, mission, principles and goals. (For a list of these, see www.scra27.org/about or download them here).
What is it? A fast decision-cycle mini-grant program aimed at supporting community-based interventions. Ten awards will be available annually, offering up to $1,200 each. Open to SCRA members as applicants. The Mini-Grant accepts pre-applications during two distinct times, starting: Jan. 1st and July 1st. The total grant funding will be divided among those two periods. The next time the Mini-Grant application process will open is July 1st, 2013.
How do I apply? Complete the one page pre-application. Either fill out the form directly online (below) or email completed form (available for dowload here) to SCRACommunitygrants@gmail.com. Feedback on pre-applications will be provided in 7-10 days, and applicants whose pre-application forms are approved by reviewers will be invited to fill out a longer (3 page) Round 2 application and proposed budget for funding.
Your Task: Demonstrate that your project would produce meaningful and sharable results. Applications will be subject to a blind-review process. Be sure to list any matching funds and community partnerships. Grant activities must not result in a violation of SCRA's 501(C)(3) status or its by-laws. Grantees must be willing to share the process and results of their funded actions with others.
Grant Criteria: The goal of this grant is to help communities in "real-time," therefore timeliness and necessity of your proposed project are weighted heavily. Projects requesting funds must be within 2 months of their start date. Proposals will be evaluated based on how well they meet the following criteria.
- (40%) Addresses a time sensitive community need or opportunity
- (30%) Has potential for successful implementation and meaningful impact within a one-year grant period
- (15%) Has significant community involvement and active community partners
- (15%) Aligns with SCRA vision, mission, principles and goals