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Reducing Revocations Challenge Issues Request for Proposals

Deadline: June 24, 2019

In September 2018, Arnold Ventures announced a major initiative to transform community supervision and reduce the failures of supervision that contribute to mass incarceration. Among its efforts to that end is the launch of the Reducing Revocations Challenge (RRC), an initiative in which Action Research Teams (ARTs) in up to ten jurisdictions will receive funding for a sixteen-month period to 1) conduct in-depth research and data analysis on the drivers of probation failures; and 2) identify policy and practice solutions based on the research findings.

ARTs will consist of a research partner and local probation department or district office in a statewide system. The CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance (ISLG) will serve as the research intermediary for RRC, overseeing the RFP process and managing ARTs as they carry out research and policy work.

Arnold Ventures and ISLG anticipate awarding up to $200,000 each to ten ARTs for a total of $2 million, with sixteen-month contracts running from October 1, 2019, to January 31, 2021. ARTs will also receive funding for travel to attend a cross-site summit in New York City.

Proposals are due by June 24 at 11:59 p.m. EST. ISLG will host a Q&A webinar about the opportunity on June 3 at 3:30 p.m. EST.

Questions about this RFP may be submitted in writing to RRC@islg.cuny.edu. Questions to be addressed during the webinar must be submitted by May 30, 2019; any additional questions must be submitted by June 7, 2019.  

Answers to all questions will be available as an addendum to this RFP by June 10, 2019. It will be the responsibility of the proposers to check the ISLG website to remain up-to-date regarding all addenda issued for the RFP. Any addenda will be listed alongside the RFP here: https://islg.cuny.edu/sites/our-work/reducing-revocations-challenge/.

Questions regarding the content of this RFP or any technical difficulties should be submitted in writing to RRC@islg.cuny.edu.

Greenwall Foundation Issues RFP for Making a Difference in Bioethics Program

Deadline: July 1, 2019 (Letters of Intent)

The Greenwall Foundation has issued an RFP for the fall 2019 funding cycle of Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics, its bioethics grants program, Through this RFP, the foundation will support research aimed at resolving an important emerging or unanswered bioethics problem in clinical, biomedical, or public health decision-making, policy, or practice.

The foundation welcomes innovative proposals with the potential to have real-world impact but is particularly interested in proposals that address the ethical and policy issues raised by the following priority topics: developments in artificial intelligence; responses to the opioid epidemic; bias and discrimination in clinical care against patients or clinicians based on a broad range of characteristics; advances in biomedical and clinical research and their translation into clinical practice; and healthcare access, costs, and resource allocation. Projects may be empirical, conceptual, or normative.

Mentored projects in which a postdoctoral fellow or junior faculty member works closely with an experienced bioethics scholar will be supported. The foundation also will consider pilot or feasibility projects that evaluate an innovative intervention aimed at resolving a bioethics dilemma with the goal of obtaining funding from other sources for a larger evaluation or demonstration project. Some highly promising projects may be funded for an initial phase, with additional funding contingent on achieving clear milestones.

Letters of Intent are due July 1, 2019. Upon review selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Successful teams identified by the foundation commonly involve a bioethics scholar and persons with on-the-ground experience with the dilemma. Such collaborations can specify the bioethics problems that clinicians, researchers, policy makers, public health officials, and others face in their daily work and facilitate practical resolutions to these problems. Applicants also are encouraged to engage with relevant lay or community stakeholders throughout their project.

See the Greenwall Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions. Link to complete RFP: https://greenwall.org/making-a-difference-current-request-for-proposals.php

Meyer Foundation Invites Applications From DC-Area Organizations Engaged in Meaningful Systems Change

Deadline: July 10, 2019

Through a systems change approach, the Meyer Foundation invests in research, education, advocacy, organizing, capacity-building, communications, and narrative change that contributes to meaningful systems change within the greater Washington, D.C., region (the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland; Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William counties in Virginia; and the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park, Virginia).

The foundation’s primary grantmaking strategy is to provide general operating support to effective community-based organizations whose work strives to promote racial equality and ensure long-lasting, measurable improvements in the lives of low-income people of color. Aeas of focus include:

Housing — Advocacy campaigns and collective action initiatives that increase access to a large and stable supply of high-quality housing that is affordable, encourages more inclusive communities, and provides access to good schools and well-paying jobs.

Education — Initiatives and campaigns that promote racial equity and increase access to schools with welcoming, supportive climates that are free of bias and discrimination, affirm the dignity and potential of students, and prepare them for college, career, and life.

Employment — Advocacy efforts and initiatives that promote racial equity and increase access to well-paying jobs with career advancement opportunities that lead to financial security.

Asset Building — Opportunities to build savings, grow assets, and accumulate wealth, and avoid predatory financial products and practices or policies that strip wealth.

Grants awarded through the foundation typically range between $10,000 and $50,000, with $30,000 being the current average award.

In 2019, the foundation is prioritizing requests from organizations focused on developing and engaging youth leaders of color, elevating youth voice, and building power among young people, especially young people of color. 

To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or have a fiscal sponsor with such status) and serve the people and communities of the greater Washington, DC, region.

For questions, email: apply@meyerfdn.org. See the Meyer Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions. Here is the link: https://www.meyerfoundation.org/our-funding-approach/how-apply

MacArthur Foundation Invites Applications for Second 100&Change Competition

Deadline: July 16, 2019 (Registration Deadline)

Through its 100&Change competition, the John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation  awards a single $100 million grant in support of a bold proposal that will deliver measurable progress toward solving a significant critical problem of our time.

Proposals from any sector are encouraged, and any organization or legal entity (with the exception of government agencies) may apply. Individuals are ineligible to apply.

The foundation suggests that applicants use an organizational readiness tool to investigate how well-suited both the organization and its proposal are for the competition prior to applying.

To be eligible, applicants must register by July 16, 2019. Applications will be accepted through August 6, 2019, with the top hundred proposals to be selected in February 2020 and finalists selected in the spring of 2020. During the spring and summer of 2020, finalists will work with an expert team to strengthen their proposals, present a preliminary plan for monitoring and evaluation and learning, and demonstrate authentic engagement with communities of interest before submitting their revised project plans. The MacArthur Foundation’s board of directors will select the final award recipient in the fall of 2020.

See the 100&Change website for complete competition guidelines, application instructions, and to access the organizational readiness tool. Here is the link: https://www.100andchange.org/#home

Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Accepting Applications for Transforming Juvenile Probation Certificate Program

Deadline: July 26, 2019

In partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Georgetown University's Center for Juvenile Justice Reform and the Council of State Governments Justice Center are inviting teams representing state and local juvenile justice jurisdictions to apply for a new program designed to help transform juvenile probation culture and practice.

To be held November 4-8, 2019, in Washington, D.C., the Transforming Juvenile Probation Certificate Program will provide intensive instruction, discussion, and planning to jurisdictions ready to question the purpose and goals of probation. To that end, practitioners, researchers, and policy makers will lead sessions on incorporating practices for equity; youth, family and community engagement; diversion and disposition decisions; the role of the probation officer; and approaches to transformational change.

Participating teams will receive both on-site and virtual technical assistance to develop and implement policies and practices; train staff and stakeholders to promote buy-in and collaboration; and assess, evaluate and sustain progress. As part of the program, each team will also develop a capstone project that lays out a clear action for transforming juvenile probation in their jurisdiction. Once the project is approved, participants will receive an executive certificate from Georgetown University and join CJJR's network of more than twelve hundred fellows.

The program can accommodate seven teams of up to eight members each. All teams are required to have a chief probation officer, judge, and prosecutor among its members. Other positions, such as a leader of a community-based organization, are recommended.

To learn more about the program, selection criteria, and the application process, see the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform website.

Link to Complete RFP: https://cjjr.georgetown.edu/certificate-programs/transforming-juvenile-probation/

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