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posted January 21, 2015 8:29 AM
Community Building and Engagement RFP
Funding to support community building and engagement in civic processes was added by the Common Council in the 2015 City of Madison budget. The goal of the Community Building and Engagement funds is to build the capacity of local organizations to promote, support and sustain civic engagement by populations that are typically underrepresented in city governance and civic processes including people and populations of color and low to moderate income residents. The intent is to increase community cohesion, resident engagement and promote resident leadership capacity and skills in neighborhoods with high concentrations of low and moderate income residents, and/or designated areas assigned to City Neighborhood Resource Teams.
The City has $100,000 available for this RFP opportunity. Proposal requests should be for not less than $25,000 and not more than $100,000. There may be the possibility of continuing funding for projects for additional years, however there is no current commitment for continued funding by the Common Council.
Emerging Opportunities Program
The Emerging Opportunities Program (EOP) was established for the support of projects and activities that address emerging needs or unanticipated opportunities which arise outside of the Community Development Division's (CDD) multi-year Purchase of Service processes. The EOP was created to allow the City to respond in a more timely manner and seize opportunities as they are presented and most viable. The EOP is also intended for new and promising organizations to receive City financial support, provided they demonstrate broad engagement in the development of the project or activity the organization proposes. Common Council allocated $275,000 for EOP funding in 2015. That funding will be distributed between two application opportunities in 2015: February and another date to be determined.
Application processes for the Spring 2015 EOP process and the Community Building and Engagement request for proposals will run concurrently. Guidelines and applications will be available on the CDD Funding Opportunities website on February 25, 2015. Applications will be due March 20, 2015 at NOON.
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