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JAMS Foundation NAFCM Solicitation of Interest- 2020-2022

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JAMS Foundation NAFCM Solicitation of Interest- 2020-2022


Program Overview

The JAMS Foundation and National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) are pleased to announce the 2020-2022 Community Mediation Mini-Grant Program (“Program”).


This year’s focus is: Young Adults: Issues of Race, Ethnicity or Economic Marginalization:

This is an opportunity to focus on how to engage and bring into the life of the center the energy of young adults (21- 35-year-old) and in turn create opportunities to address institutional or community conflicts that arise because of racial, ethnic or economic marginalization.



These services should be able to be replicated by community mediation centers as a path for sustainability and growth for the field of community mediation, as well as to inform the development of training, evidence-based strategies, policy and research at the national level as well.

The Mini-Grant Program is designed to encourage creativity and variation based on research. Service strategies will be developed through the implementation of the “Listening for Action” Leadership Process and strengthened by at least one policy or procedure change developed and locally implemented over a two-year period. Mini-grant recipients will work together throughout the grant period anchored in the Learning Community. The Learning Community is a structured and collaborative peer working group facilitated by NAFCM. This structure serves as an incubator for innovation by aiding in the development of “good practices.” All written materials developed through these grants will be shared with community mediation centers and mediators across the continent. By distributing these materials, sharing programmatic resources, providing training, and developing key partnerships, NAFCM supports the replication of these service models and ensures the Program’s impact on a national and international level.

The Learning Community will meet twice a month for the first five months, and monthly thereafter using a specified on-line meeting platform. This community will follow the “Listening for Action” structured guidance offered by NAFCM that is intended to strengthen the unique work of each project as well as create an executive learning environment that allows the
members to grow both individually and professionally.

2020 Solicitation of Interest (SI) Overview

The 2020 Program selection process has two distinct phases.

Phase 1 begins with the release of this 2020 Solicitation of Interest (SI) protocol. This phase is open to any organization which works to incorporate the 9 NAFCM Hallmarks of Community Mediation and believes that this funding and technical assistance support opportunity is a good fit for the needs of their work and those with whom they work.

A community mediation center is an entity that works to achieve the following nine hallmarks of a community mediation center:
1. A private non-profit or public agency or program thereof, with mediators, staff and governing/advisory board representative of the diversity of the community served.
2. The use of trained community volunteers as providers of mediation services; the practice of mediation is open to all persons.
3. Providing direct access to the public through self-referral and striving to reduce barriers to service including physical, linguistic, cultural, programmatic and economic.
4. Providing service to clients regardless of their ability to pay.
5. Providing service and hiring without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, disabilities, national origin, marital status, personal appearance, gender orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, source of income.
6. Providing a forum for dispute resolution at the earliest stage of conflict.
7. Providing an alternative to the judicial system at any stage of a conflict.
8. Initiating, facilitating and educating for collaborative community relationships to effect positive systemic change.
9. Engaging in public awareness and educational activities about the values and practices of mediation.

Phase 2 begins in April 2020 and is open only to those who submitted a SI during the prior phase and have been invited to submit a full proposal.

This 2020 Mini-Grant Program is for those Community Mediation Centers wishing to enhance or expand their present mediation services to include services that support how to engage and bring into the life of the center the energy of young adults (21- 35- year- old) and in turn create opportunities to address conflicts that arise because of institutional or community conflicts that arise because of racial, ethnic or economic marginalization.

2020 Submission of Interest (SI)

Community mediation is community mobilization. Together, both nationally and locally, we must aggregate the wisdom of our work, amplify the voice of community members so each can be heard, and advance the transformative value of community mediation. To live out this mission, the selected Mini-Grant participants will participate in a learning community as described above.

Grants will be awarded by August 31st, 2020 for an initial twelve-month funding period and are renewable for an additional year of funding by the agreement of the Mini-Grant recipient, NAFCM, and the JAMS Foundation. Funding is intended primarily for staff time dedicated to program development activities, including participation in the learning community and the development of source materials.

Priority considerations in the Solicitation of Interest (SI)

Priority will be given to projects that:

• include young adults (21- 35- year- old) in the community mediation center’s efforts to address current institutional and cultural structures that marginalize others based on differences of racial, ethnic, or economic circumstances and thereby prevent full civic engagement;

▪ seek to develop community relationships between the community mediation center and organizations that serve young adults or of which young adults are a part, to effect positive systemic change in regard to racial, racial, or economic marginalization
(Hallmark 8); and,

▪ work to engage in public awareness and educational activities with young adults about the values of using community mediation as a space to help those concerned and impacted by racial, ethnic or economic marginalization (Hallmark 9).

Funding Parameters and Criteria for the 2020 Funding Cycle

• Mini-Grants of $12,000 a year will be awarded to up to five organizations to be used as incentive funds to support the expansion of the Center’s work with young adults to address issues of racial, ethnic or economic marginalization.
• The funding for the projects may be up to two years, with second year funding contingent on evidence of benchmark accomplishments at the end of year one.
• Preference for funding is given to those applicants who have previously demonstrated an ability to bring projects to a level of scalability and sustainability.
• Eligible organizations include nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations, educational institutions, and public or for-profit agencies working in conjunction with nonprofit institutions or organizations.
• Organizations must serve residences in either Canada or the United States of
America.

Funding Project Process Step 1 – Open to all now until February 21st, 2020

• Interested organizations are required to submit a 1-3-page Solicitation of Interest (SI) (using the guidelines on the following page) to NAFCM no later than 11:59 PM local time of the organization’s legal/main location, February 21st 2020 at siminigrant2020@gmail.com


• An informational conference call will be held on January 22nd, 2020 at 4:00 PM Eastern Time. There is a limited number of spaces for this teleconference. To obtain the link for the conference please send a notice of interest to NAFCM at siminigrant2020@gmail.com



Funding Project Process Step 2 – By invitation only

• The NAFCM Grant review committee will notify applicants if they have been selected to develop a full proposal by April 7th, 2020. An RFP review webinar will be offered on April 14th, 2020 at 4:00 PM Eastern Time. The link for attendance will be sent to those applicants who are invited to submit a full proposal.

• Full proposals (with a required application protocol provided upon notification) will be due to the NAFCM Grant review committee no later than 11:59 PM local time of the organization’s legal/main location on Monday, June 1st, 2020.

• Notifications of the final decision will be made by August 31st, 2020.

Please address questions about grant program to Felicia Washington, Impact and Values
Coordinator, NAFCM, at fwashington@nafcm.org.



Solicitation of Interest (SI) Response

MANDATORY ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION
Proposal Descriptions must be submitted online. The subject line of the email must read: JAMS Foundation/NAFCM Grant – [Organization Name]. Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m., local time of applicant on February 21st, 2020 to siminigrant2020@gmail.com

Cover letter/email: In the body of the email, please provide only the following information:

Include the following information about the submission:
• the name and street address of the Community Mediation Center;
• the website of the Community Mediation Center; and,
• contact person for this submission including their name, email address and phone number.

The body of the email must also include the following language:

I commit that if we are invited to submit a full proposal, we agree to meet the following requirements:
1. Identify one team member who will be responsible for the implementation of the Mini- Grant and who will participate in monthly Learning Community calls and web-based meetings.
2. Implement program development activities including but not limited to:
a. Reviewing research and past programmatic materials developed in the field;
b. Conducting local needs assessment;
c. Developing stakeholder and referral source relationships;
d. Developing and implementing pilot programming and evaluation strategies;
e. Training mediators; and,
f. Cultivating local funding sources with a focus on sustaining the effort post JAMS Foundation/NAFCM funding.
3. Assist in the development of program materials that will be shared with community mediation centers and mediators, including at least one NAFCM hosted webinar.
4. Assist NAFCM in presenting at local, regional, and national ADR conferences and/or other on-line trainings.
5. Maintain, or be working toward meeting, NA FC M’s hall marks of a comm unit y
mediation center
6. Maintain a NAFCM membership for the duration of the funding period.

The Proposal attached in Word

The proposed project description shall be no more than three pages, single spaced, Times- New-Roman 12-point font, 1-inch margins. The application must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document. Pages should be numbered consecutively from beginning to end so that information can be located easily during the review of the application. The information provided in your application must be sufficient for review. Following these guidelines will help ensure your application is complete and will assist in the review of your application. Do not include
any grids, charts or budgets.

In the body of the Proposal, please provide in no more than three pages the following information:

Project Description:
1. State the name and street address of the applicant. Then provide an example of the applicant’s previous work living out the call of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to aid communities and individuals in resolving disputes, disagreements or difficulties relating to practices that impair the rights of persons in their communities and thereby threatening peaceful relations among them. (about 250 words).
2. Describe the young adult population (any subset between the ages of 21 to 35) to be served, the applicant’s access to that population and the conflicts the applicant will address that arise because of institutional or community racial, ethnic or economic marginalization. Remember that priority will be given to proposals that assist young adults who are aware of and concerned about current institutional and cultural structures that marginalize others by supporting barriers to community engagement or services based on differences of race, ethnic, race, or economic that realize the potential of the
community mediation center as a resource to create the space to help those concerned and impacted address these issues. (about 400 words)
3. Describe the need you hope to address by participating in the 2020-2022 Young Adults: Issues of Race, Ethnicity, or Economic Marginalization Learning Community. Please cite data point(s) that documents the institutional or community racial, ethnic or
economic marginalization. (about 250 words)
4. Describe the intended outcome (benefits) you hope to create by participating in the 2020-
2022 Young Adults: Issues of Race, Ethnicity or Economic Marginalization Learning Community. Please address your intended change 1) at your community mediation center, 2) with the young adult population, and 3) with the institutional or community racial, ethnic or economic marginalization that was documented in your response in Questions 1 and 2. (about 500 words)
5. Outline the strengths of your agency and partner agencies if appropriate to address what you presented as responses to the first three questions. In particular state how you will seek to develop community relationships with young adults and organizations of which young adults are a part to effect positive systemic change in regard to racial, ethnic or economic marginalization (Hallmark 8) and expand the circle of young adults through public awareness and educational activities about the value of using community mediation centers as a space that help those concerned and impacted by ethnic, racial or economic marginalization (Hallmark 9). (about 500 words)
6. List one benefit your Community Mediation Center, one benefit for young adults and one
benefit for your community, which you hope will be realized from the participation in the NAFCM Learning Community as described herein or as you may otherwise know about the NAFCM Learning Community. (about 150 words)

Please address questions about grant program to Felicia Washington, Impact and Values
Coordinator, NAFCM, at fwashington@nafcm.org.

Please be aware that applications that do not include all of the above requirements are considered incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed for consideration.

Please also make sure that your proposal is clearly connected with Young Adults: Issues of
Race, Ethnicity or Economic Marginalization, the focus of this year’s Mini-Grant funding.

We look forward to your response to this Solicitation of Interest (SI).


























































2020 Solicitation of Interest. pg. 6

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