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Community Issues Grants
2006 Request for Proposals

Application Deadline: September 13, 2006




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Table of Contents
2006 Community Issues Grants Request for Proposals (RFP)
       Major Changes for 2006.....................
2006 Community Issues Grants
Request for Proposals (RFP)
Horizons Foundation, a philanthropic social justice organization,...
 Apply within one of the following Issue Areas:
        Arts and Culture – This issue area covers all proposals for visu...
have to reapply the following year. Two-year funding is at the discretion of the review panel and
does not require any add...
Grant Proposal Checklist
This checklist is provided to help ensure that your proposal is complete. Please double-check you...
1a. Organization Summary
Organization Name:
Address:
City:                                               State:           ...
1b. Diversity Summary
Organization Name:
Please fill out percentages to the best of your ability. If you are a LGBT-specif...
International


Organization Name:


Please address any other form of diversity relevant to your organization and services...
1c. Request Summary
Organization Name:


Grant Proposal Contact:
   Name:                                                 ...
2. Proposal Narrative
Your narrative should be no more than three pages (using at least 12-point font). On each page of yo...
4a. Organizational Budget Worksheet
This worksheet is required for all applicants. Please enter “0” if your organization’s...
4b. Project Budget Worksheet
This worksheet is required for project-specific support only.

Organization Name:            ...
5. Certification of Non-Discrimination
As part of Horizons Foundation’s due diligence commitments to individual donors, do...
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2006 Community Issues Grants Request for Proposals (RFP)

  1. 1. Community Issues Grants 2006 Request for Proposals Application Deadline: September 13, 2006 Jewelle Gomez Program Officer Horizons Foundation 870 Market Street, Suite 728 San Francisco, CA 94102 (t) 415.398.2333 (e) jgomez@horizonsfoundation.org Note: This RFP is available as a PDF or Word document at www.horizonsfoundation.org
  2. 2. Table of Contents 2006 Community Issues Grants Request for Proposals (RFP) Major Changes for 2006...........................................................................................................................1 Eligibility......................................................................................................................................................1 Other Funding Considerations................................................................................................................2 Two-Year Support.....................................................................................................................................2 Application Process...................................................................................................................................3 Grant Proposal Checklist........................................................................................................4 1. Cover Sheets 1a. Organization Summary.......................................................................................................................5 1b. Diversity Summary..............................................................................................................................6 1c. Request Summary................................................................................................................................7 2. Proposal Narrative..............................................................................................................9 3. Update on 2005 Funding....................................................................................................9 4. Budget Worksheets 4a. Organizational Budget Worksheet..................................................................................................10 4b. Project Budget Worksheet...............................................................................................................11 5. Certification of Non-Discrimination....................................................................................12 How to Apply Workshops Horizons will hold two “How to Apply” workshops, which will give you an opportunity to walk through the proposal preparation and granting process and ask any questions you have:  Monday, August 21, 2006 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Wednesday, August 23, 2006 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Please RSVP to jgomez@horizonsfoundation.org or 415.398.2333 x116 if you plan to attend. If you are unable to attend either of these workshops and have questions about this year’s grant process or your organization’s proposal, or if you have applied for a Horizons Foundation Community Issues grant in the past three years and would like feedback on your proposal(s), whether funded or declined, please feel free to contact Jewelle Gomez, Program Officer. Workshops will be held at the Horizons Foundation office, 870 Market Street, Suite 728, San Francisco, CA 94102 (near Powell Street BART and MUNI). Call for parking or driving directions.
  3. 3. 2006 Community Issues Grants Request for Proposals (RFP) Horizons Foundation, a philanthropic social justice organization, serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community throughout the Bay Area and beyond by supporting nonprofit organizations and increasing the financial resources available to the LGBT community. In keeping with this mission, Horizons is pleased to announce our 2006 Community Issues grants. Horizons’ Community Issues grants are made possible through the contributions of individual donors to Horizons as well as donors’ legacies included in Horizons Foundation’s LGBT Community Endowment Fund. All grant proposals will be reviewed by a Horizons review panel, comprised of community representatives. The panel will make grant recommendations to Horizons’ Board of Directors, which must approve the recommendations. We will announce the awards by November 30, 2006. Major Changes for 2006 Please note that Horizons has made several significant changes to our 2006 Community Issues grants process:  Horizons has revised the issue areas for grants in 2006: Arts and Culture; Awareness and Civil Rights; Community Building; and Human Services and Health. (See below for descriptions of each issue area.)  In an effort to streamline the grantmaking process, a single panel will review the grant proposals for all four issue areas. As before, the volunteer panelists will represent a diverse cross-section of the LGBT community and will include members with expertise in the different issue areas.  In a very limited number of cases, the grant review panel may recommend that an organization receive a two-year award. (See page 2 for more details.)  You will need to complete one original proposal, plus three copies (a total of four). They must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, September 13, 2006, or delivered to Horizons’ office by 5:00 p.m. that same day. Eligibility To be eligible for a 2006 Community Issues grant, your organization must:  Be a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, or provide documentation that the organization is sponsored under a fiscal agent umbrella that has 501(c)(3) status.  LGBT organizations are strongly to apply for general operating support, which Horizons is committed to providing. However, LGBT organizations may choose to submit proposals to fund specific programs or projects.  Non-LGBT organizations are welcome to apply for support for a program serving LGBT people. 2006 Community Issues Grants Application Guidelines Page 1
  4. 4.  Apply within one of the following Issue Areas:  Arts and Culture – This issue area covers all proposals for visual, performing, literary, film, and video arts relating to LGBT people of all ages.  Awareness and Civil Rights – This issue area covers all proposals that address social awareness and civil rights issues affecting the LGBT population. Your proposal may also focus on LGBT-related advocacy, awareness, and civil rights with a primary audience of non-LGBT people (for example, an anti-discrimination campaign).  Community Building – This issue area covers proposals from organizations that are multi- purpose (such as community centers), or for projects that directly develop connections among disparate members of the LGBT community or that strengthen the LGBT community as a whole. (Multi-purpose organizations may choose to apply instead under one of the other issue areas, if appropriate.)  Human Services and Health – This issue area covers all proposals that primarily address health- related issues, as well as the provision of community, social, and human services for LGBT individuals and families.  Request support for an organization or program within one or more of these counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma.  Have submitted a final report and financial accounting for any past grant(s) which are due. The maximum grant award is $10,000. Please note that an organization may submit only one proposal for a Community Issues grant. The following are not eligible for support:  Requests for costs incurred prior to the date of the grant award  Requests from government agencies  Requests for capital support, including construction and renovation  Fundraising event sponsorship  Projects that directly benefit an individual Other Funding Considerations Horizons will give priority to organizations based in the LGBT community and whose principal mission is to serve the LGBT community. Non-LGBT organizations may apply for LGBT programs, but should do so understanding that priority will go to LGBT-specific organizations. We will also give priority to organizations and projects that are organized by, and work on behalf of, underserved segments of the LGBT communities. Programs that represent and serve diverse constituencies with respect to ethnicity, race, age, gender, gender identity, and physical and mental ability are viewed positively in making granting decisions. Programs that have limited appeal to traditional funding sources—either because they are small, new, and/or non-traditional in approach or goals—are also given special consideration. Two-Year Support In a very limited number of cases, the panel reviewing proposals may recommend that an organization receive its request for two years. Organizations that receive two-year grants would not 2006 Community Issues Grants Application Guidelines Page 2
  5. 5. have to reapply the following year. Two-year funding is at the discretion of the review panel and does not require any additional information from applicants. Application Process The 2006 Community Issues proposal has nine items: 1. Cover pages 2. Proposal narrative 3. Grant update(s) (if applicable) 4. Budget Form(s) 5. Non-discrimination policy statement form 6. IRS determination 7. List of board members 8. Financial statement 9. Film sample (for film projects) You must complete each applicable section. Please note that four complete sets of proposal materials are required—one single-sided original and three double-sided copies. Staple each set once in the upper left corner. Complete all materials using a typewriter or computer. You can download the application (as a Word file or PDF) at www.horizonsfoundation.org. We cannot consider illegible or incomplete proposals. Please do not send a cover letter, letters of reference, or any attachments not specifically requested in this application—they will not be forwarded to the grant review panel. Our goal is to minimize the pressure on applicants to produce voluminous proposals. If your organization has a logo, please include a copy. We will use it in our newsletter if we fund your proposal. All proposals, along with all required attachments, must be completed, signed, and mailed by the postmark deadline of September 13, 2006. (You may also deliver your completed proposal to Horizons’ office by 5:00 p.m. that same day.) Mail your completed proposal to: Jewelle Gomez Program Officer Horizons Foundation 870 Market Street, Suite 728 San Francisco, CA 94102 If you are able to do so, please ALSO email your proposal (including all required attachments) to jgomez@horizonsfoundation.org. In the interest of fairness, we regret that proposals dated after the postmark deadline or sent by fax at any time cannot be considered. If you have any questions about the application process, please feel free to contact Jewelle Gomez, Program Officer, at 415.398.2333 x116 or jgomez@horizonsfoundation.org. 2006 Community Issues Grants Application Guidelines Page 3
  6. 6. Grant Proposal Checklist This checklist is provided to help ensure that your proposal is complete. Please double-check your documents before submitting your grant proposal by checking off each document included with your submission. Send your completed proposal, including all required attachments, to Horizons Foundation by September 13, 2006 (postmarked or delivered by 5:00 p.m.). All applicants must submit a total of four double-sided copies of the proposal (financial statements need not be double-sided) assembled in the following order: 1a. Organization Summary 1b. Diversity Summary 1c. Request Summary 2. Proposal Narrative (no more than three pages, minimum 12-point font) 3. Update on 2005 Funding (if applicable) 4a. Organizational Budget Worksheet – required for proposals from both LGBT- and non-LGBT-specific organizations 4b. Project Budget Worksheet – required for proposals from non-LGBT-specific organizations 5. Certification of Non-Discrimination (be sure to sign the form) 6. IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter confirming tax-exempt status for your organization or fiscal sponsor 7. Audited financial statement for your most recent fiscal year (or full financial statement or Form 990, if you do not have an audited statement) 8. List of board members for your organization (not your fiscal agent), including their affiliations 9. Sample work (film projects only) – VHS tape of sample work cued to a 10-minute selection DELIVERY: Mail or deliver your completed proposal with this form and all required attachments to: Jewelle Gomez Program Officer Horizons Foundation 870 Market Street, Suite 728 San Francisco, CA 94102 EMAIL COPY: If possible, also email a copy of your proposal as an attachment to jgomez@horizonsfoundation.org. QUESTIONS: Please contact Jewelle Gomez at 415.398.2333 x116 or jgomez@horizonsfoundation.org. We are happy to assist you in any way possible. 2006 Community Issues Grants Application Guidelines Page 4
  7. 7. 1a. Organization Summary Organization Name: Address: City: State: Zip: Phone: Fax: Web: Executive Director: Phone: Email: Is your organizations an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit?  Yes  No EIN#: Fiscal Agent Organization Name: EIN#: Contact Name: Title: Address: City: State: Zip: Phone: Fax: Web: Organization Mission (please keep to the space below; for arts projects, describe the filmmaker/theater group/artist/etc.): Total 2006 Organizational Budget (do not include the budget of your fiscal sponsor, if any): # of Staff: # of Volunteers: 1st Year of Service: # of People Organization Serves Yearly: Is your organization: LGBT Primary:  Yes  No People of Color Organization:  Yes  No Prior Support (list dates and amounts of previous grants from Horizons):
  8. 8. 1b. Diversity Summary Organization Name: Please fill out percentages to the best of your ability. If you are a LGBT-specific organization seeking general operating support, you may skip column D. A) Board B) Staff C) Populations Served D) Populations to be served by Agency by project to be funded # % # % % % RACE/ETHNICITY African American/Black Asian/Pacific Islander Hispanic/Latino White (Non-Hispanic) Native American Multi/Biracial Other: ________________________ GENDER Female Male Intersex Transgender Other: ________________________ SEXUAL ORIENTATION Gay Lesbian Bisexual Heterosexual Other: ________________________ AGES 0-12 13-18 19-24 25-39 40-54 55+ GEOGRAPHIC AREAS SERVED Bay Area Alameda Contra Costa Marin Napa San Francisco San Mateo Santa Clara Solano Sonoma Non-Bay Area California Out of State National
  9. 9. International Organization Name: Please address any other form of diversity relevant to your organization and services: What do you regard as appropriate diversity for your agency’s board, staff, and the constituency you serve? Please describe how, and over what period, you intend to address any challenges that you face.
  10. 10. 1c. Request Summary Organization Name: Grant Proposal Contact: Name: Title: Phone: Email: Project Name (if different from organization name): Amount Requested: $ Program/Project Budget: $ Issue area for which funds are being requested (check only one):  Arts and Culture  Community Building  Awareness and Civil Rights  Human Services & Health Will grant funds be used for general operating costs?  Yes  No If no, please tell us the purpose of the project requesting funds (please keep to the space below): Populations Served by Program/Organization: Specific Population Targeted (if any) by the organization/program for which funding is sought (age, gender, ethnicity, etc.) (for film/theater/arts projects, describe the audience for the project): Number of people to be served by the program/activity for which funding is sought:
  11. 11. 2. Proposal Narrative Your narrative should be no more than three pages (using at least 12-point font). On each page of your proposal, please include the organization name, contact name, and contact information. Please address the following areas in this narrative:  Briefly describe the organization’s mission, goals, history, work, and impact.  Describe the issue or problem that your organization or program will address.  Describe who and how many people will be served by your organization and your organization’s qualifications to serve them. Please indicate if and how people served are involved in program design and/or evaluation.  If you are a non-LGBT-specific organization or an LGBT-specific organization applying for support of a specific project, please describe the project that you plan to implement, including the goals, activities, and strategies you will use to achieve those goals.  For arts projects only (film/theater/literary/visual, etc.): Describe the content and style of the project, how it addresses the subject matter, how the project was developed, who the audience might be, and who is involved in developing/creating the work.  Describe the anticipated impact this funding will have on your organization or project and how you will evaluate your organization’s successes and/or challenges.  Describe your current sources of funding, what other funding is required (if any), and where that funding will come from. 3. Update on 2005 Funding Please include the organization name, contact name and contact information. If your organization received a Community Issues grant last year, please provide an update; use no more than a single page. If applicable, please indicate the level of effectiveness of the project or activity and how that assessment was made, and describe any major organizational and/or programmatic changes you have experienced in the past year.
  12. 12. 4a. Organizational Budget Worksheet This worksheet is required for all applicants. Please enter “0” if your organization’s budget does not include an expense/revenue item listed. Organization Name: Budget for the period: EXPENSES: REVENUE: Item Amount Source Amount Salaries and wages $_________ Foundations $_________ Employee benefits and $_________ Corporations $_________ payroll taxes Consultants and $_________ Individual contributions $_________ professional fees Travel $_________ Fundraising events $_________ Equipment $_________ Contracted Services $_________ Supplies $_________ Reimbursements $_________ Printing/copying $_________ Other: $_________ Telephone and fax $_________ Other: $_________ Postage and delivery $_________ Other: $_________ Rent and utilities $_________ Board meetings $_________ Trainings $_________ Accounting/audit $_________ Educational materials $_________ Contingency $_________ Fundraising $_________ Insurance $_________ Other (please specify or $_________ attach separate sheet) TOTAL EXPENSES $__________ TOTAL REVENUE $__________
  13. 13. 4b. Project Budget Worksheet This worksheet is required for project-specific support only. Organization Name: Budget for the period: EXPENSES: REVENUE: Item Amount Source Amount Salaries and wages $_________ Foundations $_________ Employee benefits and $_________ Corporations $_________ payroll taxes Consultants and $_________ Individual contributions $_________ professional fees Travel $_________ Fundraising events $_________ Equipment $_________ Contracted Services $_________ Supplies $_________ Reimbursements $_________ Printing/copying $_________ Other: $_________ Telephone and fax $_________ Other: $_________ Postage and delivery $_________ Other: $_________ Rent and utilities $_________ Board meetings $_________ Trainings $_________ Accounting/audit $_________ Educational materials $_________ Contingency $_________ Fundraising $_________ Insurance $_________ Other (please specify or $_________ attach separate sheet) TOTAL EXPENSES $__________ TOTAL REVENUE $__________
  14. 14. 5. Certification of Non-Discrimination As part of Horizons Foundation’s due diligence commitments to individual donors, donor advisors, philanthropic partners, and Horizons’ own mission to serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, we require grantees to complete this form for the foundation, where it is kept on file. Please check as appropriate: I certify that _________________________________ [organization name] does not discriminate in regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, physical disability, political affiliation, veteran’s status, national origin, ancestry, socio-economic status, or source of income in its employment practices, selection of board members, selection of students, or in accepting clients for its services or products or as otherwise provided by all applicable federal, state, and local laws. Organization: Signature of Authorized Officer: Date: Name and Title: Fiscal Agent Organization (if applicable): Signature of Fiscal Agent (if applicable): Date: Name and Title:

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