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Neighborhood Implementation Grant

Grants to New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania Nonprofits
to Benefit Low-Income Neighborhoods in Eligible Areas

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Wells Fargo Regional Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/18/19

Description:

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Grants to New Jersey, Delaware, and Eastern Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations for neighborhood revitalization projects within the funding source’s service area. The goal of this program is to improve the quality of life in low-income communities through neighborhood-based community and economic development efforts. The community development project must be based on a current resident-driven neighborhood plan and can be used for program costs only. Funding is available for individual organizations and for collaboratives.

The neighborhood plan should include:
- A neighborhood description that includes a map of the area and baseline data describing neighborhood conditions, such as Census data
- Concept and vision of the future of the neighborhood
- Description and prioritization of strategies to revitalize the neighborhood, and activities and costs to achieve this
- Timetable for implementing the plan
- Description of any official plans governing the neighborhood (such as a City Master Plan).

The resident-driven neighborhood plan must address all 4 of the goal categories:
- Children and families
- Economic development
- Affordable housing and housing counseling
- Neighborhood building

The evaluation process includes:
- The systematic surveying of residents about the quality of life
- Surveying of the physical condition of neighborhood assets
- Quarterly reporting on agreed-upon milestones and deliverables
- Assessing the change in select neighborhood indicators.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179695

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Single grantees: Grants range from $100,000 to $750,000.
- Collaboratives: Grants range from $100,000 to $1.25 million.

Term of Contract:

Grants are disbursed over five years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grantees must have a current 501(c)(3) status and a minimum of three years of audited financial statements.

Prior to applying, a comprehensive neighborhood plan (completed or updated within the past three years) must be in place for the target area of the proposed project. The plan should describe the milestones, deliverables, and outcomes of the planning process and how they will be measured and evaluated.

Counties served by Wells Fargo Regional Foundation:

-New Jersey: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren.

-Delaware: Kent, New Castle, and Sussex.

-Pennsylvania: Adams, Berks, Bradford, Bucks, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wayne, Wyoming, and York.

Additional Requirements for Collaborative Applications:

The lead organization must demonstrate the following to be considered for funding:

-Sufficient organizational capacity to represent the entire collaborative and serve as the grant’s fiscal agent (e.g., operational capacity, financial capacity, leadership capacity, political capacity, communication capacity, evaluation capacity).
-Incorporation as a 501 (c)(3) and ability to provide past 3 years, audited financial statements.
-Strong and engaged Board of Directors who are fully aware of the goals of the coalition and are in support of the lead organization’s roles and responsibilities within the collaborative.
-Strong information management systems (e.g., databases, technical capacity) and experienced administrative staff equipped to oversee, manage, and support collaborative partners (i.e. sub-grantees).
-Past experience managing collaborative members (i.e., sub-grantees) and working in coalition.
-Past experience working with consultants.
-Credibility and strong reputation within the communities engaged in the revitalization project.
-Commitment to and equipped with mechanisms for communicating regularly (and transparently) with members of the collaborative, other stakeholders, and residents about the revitalization process.
-Commitment to and equipped with a range of mechanisms for capturing feedback from collaborative members, other stakeholders, and residents about the revitalization process.
-Willing and able to establish and implement a participatory evaluation framework for the overall initiative, holding collaborative members accountable for continuous learning and refinement.
-Willing and able to ensure that each collaborative member develops and tracks measurable goals and makes refinement to these goals as needed to ensure maximum impact.
-Willing and able to manage political issues, bring people together from different factions, manage conflict, and cooperate with elected officials and various government agencies.

Sub-grantees must meet, at minimum, the following financial and operational requirements to be considered for funding as part of a collaborative:

-Incorporated as a 501 (c)(3) and able to provide past 3 years of IRS form 990’s.
-Performs role and responsibilities as stipulated in the Collaborative’s Memorandum of Understanding, which is approved by the sub-grantee’s Board of Directors.
-Understands and communicates its complementary role in the revitalization project, contributing to the breadth of the coalitions expertise and sphere of influence.
-Participates in the participatory evaluation framework for the overall initiative, developing and tracking measurable goals, and sharing this information with the coalition as relevant and supportive of the revitalization milestones.
-Provides the lead organization with quarterly performance reports against agreed upon milestones and activities in agreed upon timeframes.
-Regularly attends meetings of the coalition members and contributes to communal problem-solving.
-Maintains records of grant fund expenditures for at least 3 years following the end of the grant period.
-Provides financial records requested by the lead organization (receipts, 990s, audits, etc.) within agreed upon timeframes.
-Spends funds in accordance with the purpose of the grant.

The grant does not provide funding for deficits, general operating costs, or bricks-and-mortar capital development.

Pre-Application Information:

Spring Application dates:
- Proposals Due: April 5, 2019
- Grant recipients notified: October 31, 2019

Fall Application dates:
- Proposals due: October 18, 2019
- Grant recipients notified: April 25, 2020

Prior to applying, all organizations must complete an eligibility quiz.

Application Preview:
http://www.cybergrants.com/wellsfargoregionalfoundation/implementation_preview.html

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Take Eligibility Quiz and apply online: https://www.cybergrants.com/pls/cybergrants/quiz.display_question?x_gm_id=3447&x_quiz_id=763&x_order_by=1

wellsfargoregionalfdn@wellsfargo.com

Grant Coverage Areas:

https://www.wellsfargo.com/about/corporate-responsibility/community-giving/regional-foundation/counties-we-serve/

New Jersey: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren
Delaware: Kent, New Castle, and Sussex
Pennsylvania: Adams, Berks, Bradford, Bucks, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Lycoming, Luzerne, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wayne, Wyoming, and York

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USA: Delaware;   New Jersey;   Pennsylvania