Laureus USA Funding Opportunity in Illinois
Laureus USA is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for sports-based youth development organizations operating in the state of Illinois. We expect to make grants totaling between $450,000 and $800,000 depending upon available funding.
We will begin accepting applications on Monday, August 28th using the form found here: tfaforms.com/5079200 and will accept applications until Friday, September 29th at 11:59pm. Late submissions or submissions made outside of the provided link will not be accepted under any circumstance.
Laureus USA funds non-profit sport-based youth development organizations that intentionally address a particular and relevant social issue facing youth, while increasing physical activity and enhancing social-emotional development. This grant opportunity will focus on organizations creating impact in the following two ways:
- Organizations working on violence prevention and intervention services/ focused on creating access to safe spaces, building protective factors for youth through positive relationships, and developing transferrable life skills/competencies
- Organizations with expertise in providing training and technical assistance on sports-based youth development program quality, healing-centered coaching/programming, and/or restorative justice practices and implementation
Organizations can only submit one application for this funding opportunity and must choose between the two eligibility pathways.
Organizations must meet the following criteria to be considered for funding:
- Have an active 501(c)3 status and EIN #
- Provide direct-service sports programming for youth or provide training or technical assistance to organizations as described above
- Operate in, serving youth from, or planning to serve youth from within the state of Illinois
- Have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) or Unique Entity ID (UEI) number
- Be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM)
Organizations that meet the following criteria will be prioritized for funding:
- Operate in an R3 Zone. R3 Zones were identified via an analysis of community-level data on gun injury, child poverty, unemployment, and state prison commitments and returns. Organizations from these areas will be prioritized for meeting the intended impact of this program to expand equity of access in youth sports and impact levels of youth violence.
- Intentionally prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion in recruiting, hiring, and engaging program staff/ participants
- Demonstrate a sustainable organizational structure
- Demonstrate commitment to leadership and resource development in the field of sport for development
We do not fund:
- Organizations that do not emphasize positive youth development through their programming
- Other foundations or intermediaries that do not provide direct sports-based youth development programming or training
- Pay to play organizations such as for-profit youth sports leagues
- Projects focused on training for elite-level athletic achievement
- Government Agencies (Including Parks, Schools and/or scholastic sports leagues)
- Request for Proposals (RFP) – Opens August 28th
- RFP Informational Webinar (Register Here) – September 13th at 11am CT
- Applications Due – September 29th by 11:59pm CT
- Applicants Notified – October 16th
- Contracts Signed – November 15th
- Estimated Period of Performance – November 1st, 2023– June 30th, 2024
These funds must be spent between November 1st, 2023 and June 30th 2024. Expenses will be reimbursed monthly rather than a lump-sum grant payment. Organizations should only submit for a total amount that they currently have the monthly cashflow to support (I.e. $50,000 grant = $6,250 per month). While organizational budget is only one indicator of readiness, our general recommendation is for organizations to follow the guidance below.
- Organizational Budget <$200,000 – Apply for $50,000 funding
- Organizational Budget >$200,000 – Apply for $50,000 or $75,000 funding
*Note that there is no match requirement for this award.
Successful applicants will:
- Highlight their work in violence prevention and intervention
- Demonstrate basic standards in the areas of child protection, governance, monitoring and evaluation, partnership, and financial stewardship
- Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion across internal practices (leadership, staffing, and governance) as well as in programming and community engagement
- Commit to implementing the Hello Insight check-in tool once during the grant year (or supply description of how outcomes will be measured using a different tool)
In accordance with government policies and procedures, organizations will be selected purely based on their application and rubric scores. So even if you have worked with Laureus in the past you should assume that we are a new funder.
Questions, Debrief, and Appeal Process
Questions – Organizations may submit questions via email to Ben Schornack at firstname.lastname@example.org until Friday, September 22nd at 5pm.
Debrief –Applicants who do not receive funding may request a debriefing for feedback to improve future applications. Debriefings include written advice on the strengths and weaknesses of applications using the evaluation and review criteria
Requests for debriefings must be made via email to Ben Schornack at email@example.com and submitted within seven calendar days after notice of declination. The written debriefing requests shall include:
- The name and address of the requesting party
- Identification of grant program
- Reasons for the debrief request
Appeal – Unsuccessful applicants may request a formal appeal of the evaluation process. Evaluation scores and funding decisions may not be contested and will not be considered – this is only to appeal the process itself. The appeal must be submitted via email to Ben Schornack at firstname.lastname@example.org within 14 days after notice of declination The appeal must include the following:
- Statement indicating request for formal appeal
- Name and address of appealing party
- Identification of the grant program
- Statement for reason of appeal
Once the appeal is received, Laureus will acknowledge receipt within 14 days and will respond to the appeal, in writing, within 60 days by including:
- Review of the appeal
- Appeal determination
- Rationale for the determination
- Standard description of the appeal review process/criteria
About Laureus USA
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