Each year Closing the Gap selects, supports and funds local programs that provide college readiness services to underserved public high school students in the Sacramento area.

We are most interested in programs that work collaboratively and support developing college-going cultures while providing academic services such as tutoring, counseling and SAT preparation. Closing the Gap focuses these programs in areas where they are most needed and can be most impactful – working collaboratively for the students’ best interests.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2017-2018 school year. Please review the application requirements below for submitting proposals.

Request for Proposal

Application Contents

• Scope of Program for 2017-18
• Selection Criteria
• Eligibility

1. General Information
2. Executive Summary
3. Community Need
4. Purpose of the Project
5. Impact
6. Collaboration
7. Action Plan
8. Project Funding Plan
9. Sustainability
10. Evaluation
11. Organizational Competence
12. Financial Information for Organization
13. Board of Directors
14. Verification of 501(c)3 status
15. Schedule and Format Guidelines
16. Final Selected Organizations
17. Where to send proposals

Scope of Program for 2017-18

This Request for Proposal invites the non-profit community to apply for grants in the amount of $1,000 to $10,000. CTG is seeking those organizations providing a measureable impact on the education achievement gap. The intent is to award as many grants as possible from the Closing the Gap Foundation (CTG). While CTG’s vision is to support youth of all ages to achieve by reaching their highest potential, the focus in 2017 is to support college readiness activities for junior high and high school students.

Selection Criteria

In 2017, CTG will focus on programs assisting students in grades eight through twelve that address:

• The academic achievement gap in critical need areas in the community

• Prepare and inspire junior high and high school students to attend college or vocational schools

Special interest will be given to proposals that offer opportunities to leverage other funds or forge partnerships that will increase the impact of CTG funds.

Eligibility

• Only organizations that qualify as 501(c)3 entities under the Internal Revenue Service Code will be considered for funding.

• Funding requests for endowments and projects outside of the Sacramento area will not be considered.

• Organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender physical ability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief and organizations that serve an exclusively sectarian purpose will not be considered.

Proposal

Please present information in the following order:

1. General Information

• Name and address of organization submitting the proposal
• Name, email and telephone number of executive director and the primary
• Year of incorporation
• Mission of organization
• Population and number of people served by organization
• Size of organization’s budget
• Size of project budget, if different
• Number of staff, full time and part time
• Number of volunteers
• Brief (one or two sentence) summary of the purpose of the project

2. Executive Summary

Provide a summary of the proposal, not to exceed one page.

3. Community Need

What challenge does this project seek to address?

4. Purpose of the Project

Describe your proposed project and its goals. How does it address the community need identified above? How does the project meet the selection criteria for the Closing the Gap grant?

5. Impact

What is the anticipated impact of this project? What difference will CTG funding make?

6. Collaboration

Are there any similar existing projects or organizations that are addressing the same need?
If so, please identify them. If not, how is your project unique?
How is your organization working with the identified projects/organizations?

7. Action Plan

What steps must be taken to accomplish your goals? Include staffing and timeline.

8. Project Funding Plan

Provide a project budget, aligned with the action plan above including how a Closing the Gap grant would be used. Closing the Gap will give special attention to organizations that utilize funding provided by Closing the Gap within one year.

9. Sustainability

Please address plans for the long-term sustainability of this project. If applicable, please include a list of other potential and actual sources of funding.

10. Evaluation

Describe how your organization will track progress toward the project goals and evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed project.
• What measurements are you using to measure your impact?
• How will you measure success?

11. Organizational Competence

Does your organization have the capacity to implement the project you are proposing?
For example, address your organization’s governance structure, staffing, familiarity with the target population, track record of success, etc. Please include a short (one paragraph) biography of the Executive Director (if applicable) and the project/program manager.

12. Financial Information for Organization

Include the organization’s current year operating budget; a summary of actual income and expenses for the past two years; the most recent balance sheet; and a list of funding sources and amounts received from these sources over the past two years.

13. Board of Directors

Include a list of the current officers and directors of the organization and their affiliations.

14. Verification of 501(c)3 status

Include a letter from the IRS confirming your tax-exempt status

Schedule and Format Guidelines

• Deadline: June 30, 2017. The proposal and all supporting materials must be received in our office no later than June 30, 2017.
• Submit 2 copies. For ease of copying, do not bind or staple the proposal or attachments
• Please paginate the proposal including all attachments, handwritten page numbers are acceptable.
• Proposal must be signed by one of the following: the Executive Director, CEO of the organization, or the Chair/President of the Board of Directors

There is no page limit, but completeness and brevity are appreciated. All proposals and supplemental information will be reviewed in full by the Closing the Gap Grant Committee. Organizations selected in the initial evaluation will have site visits and/or presentations scheduled in August 2017. Site visits are an opportunity to highlight your program and give evaluators the chance to ask questions and request additional information. The grant awards for Closing the Gap will be announced by October 2017.

Final Selected Organizations

Final organizations selected for a CTG award are required to submit a project overview that specifies the main goals of the program and how progress will be measured. This information will be included in Closing the Gap marketing collateral and featured in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the selected organization and Closing the Gap. Closing The Gap requests a progress report one year after receiving the grant and may request a site visit to discuss the on-going impact of the grant on the program and the community.

Send Completed & Signed Proposals to:

Closing the Gap
c/o Delegata
2450 Venture Oaks Way, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833