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    GRANTEE APPLICATION

Applications to the Sheila Fortune Foundation
(SFF) should be in a concise format that is comfortable to the applicant.

The Sheila Fortune Foundation funds arts programming for At -Risk youth, please consider if your program fits our definition of at risk youth.
To define “at-risk” is necessary and risky, however, the Board and staff use the following
broad rough definitions. 
Poverty, especially in minority populations influences risk in individuals and families.
Juvenile delinquency, also, is a major sign or effect among peers in a vulnerable group.
Parental substance abuse, negligence and crime make even more difficult healthy conditions. When minimal education and language barriers exist the trouble is compounded.
Trying to deal with challenges of staying in school are almost insurmountable and that is the purpose of the Foundation, to provide an outlet through the performing arts for the frustrated, anxious, and repressed feelings of the “at risk” youth.  After almost 20 years of working to understand these young people, I think we’re headed in the right direction.

2018 Funding cycle will open January 1,
2018

Grant submittal deadline May 4, 2018

Evaluations from current grantees (2017) are due by March 30, 2018 11:59pm.

Please submit all grants and reports electronically



SUBMIT APPLICATION
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The SFF accepts applications once a year.  Our next deadline is.. May 4, 2018  Grantee awards by the Board of Directors will be made at the annual June board meeting.  Award notifications will immediately follow. 

The SFF prefers to initiate site visits, if needed, and generally discourages pre-application meetings.  Proposals are screened and evaluated upon receipt.  Organizations are notified promptly as to the status of each proposal.  Those that are considered inappropriate under the guidelines are declined on a rolling basis.
    

Applications must include the following
information: 

-A new proposal, if accepted for funding, will receive a maximum $4,000 in initial funding year.

- Mission Statement

- A full description of the program(s) to be funded, including the number of youths you plan to serve, as well as their ages.

- The amount of funds being requested. Grants range from $4,000 to $10,000. In exceptional circumstances, the Board will consider grants in excess of $10,000.

- Submit a complete budget for the program described, including income (i.e. Earned Income, Contributions, Grants, Fundraising, etc.) and Expenses (i.e. Supplies, Personnel, Food, Utilities, Rental, Scholarships, etc.).  

- Include your organization’s general operating budget.

- Copy of your current 501(c)(3) determination letter from the IRS stating that your organization is classified as a public charity under Section 509(a)(1) or Section 509 (a)(2).

- A statement from your organization certifying that the tax-exempt status, as outlined in your determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service, still accurately describes the tax-exempt status of your organization.

- Current list of your board of trustees with occupations included.  Evidence of active board leadership is encouraged.

The SFF accepts applications once a year.  Our next deadline is May 5, 2017.  Grantee awards by the Board of Directors will be made at the annual June board meeting.  Award notifications will immediately follow. 

The SFF prefers to initiate site visits, if needed, and generally discourages pre-application meetings.  Proposals are screened and evaluated upon receipt.  Organizations are notified promptly as to the status of each proposal.  Those that are considered inappropriate under the guidelines are declined on a rolling basis.


SUBMIT APPLICATION 

GRANTEE EVALUATIONS

Evaluations from current grantees (2017) are due by March 30, 2018 11:59pm

SUBMIT EVALUATION

TERMS AND CONDITIONS of Grants awarded by the Sheila Fortune Foundation.

Terms: These are non-recurring grants. The awarding of these grants does not constitute any obligation on the part of the Sheila Fortune Foundation (the Foundation) to make subsequent grants, nor does it preclude additional grants in the future.

Conditions: These grants are awarded based on the quality of the programs already in place, and an understanding that grant money would go as directly as possible to benefit the children in the programs. It is not the intention of the Foundation to add burdensome overhead by making conditions. However, after receiving a grant, the Foundation will request that the grantee assist us by providing us with reports on the intended use of the money and on the outcome.

These reports can be informal, but need to include the following:

A: As a quantitative measure, a discussion of the number and ages of children served, frequency of their attendance at rehearsals, performances, workshops, etc., continuity, and possible scholarship requests or awards.

B: As a qualitative measure, you may address artist/instructor anecdotes or journal notes on the progress of children, as well as anecdotal reports from the children themselves, or from their parents and others.

C: Include a final project budget that includes all income and expenses. If the project is part of a larger organization, include general operating budget as well.

D: As a measure of the children's developmental progress, discuss their self-definition, self-discipline, creative expression, positive social interactions with peers and adults, competence and achievements, and meaningful participation.

Report deadlines will be issued along with grant awards.

SUBMIT EVALUATION



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