The following questions were either emailed in advance for, or posed on, the August 11, 2017 Domestic Violence Prevention Fund (DVPF) Community Micro-grants Request for Proposals (RFP) Applicant Technical Assistance Call, with the answers below provided on the call.
Best of luck to all applicants. Together, we can prevent domestic violence and dating violence in Rhode Island!
Q 1.) Is state government eligible to apply?
A 1.) Public and not-for-profit community-based organizations, faith institutions, and Rhode Island middle schools and high schools are eligible to apply for DVPF Community Micro-grants. Only established 501(c)(3) organizations that have been operating for at least 2 years will be considered. Community groups and associations that are not 501(c)(3) can use a local fiscal agent to apply.
Q 2.) Can you share examples of funded Community Micro-grant projects?
A 2.) Princes 2 Kings received a $5,000 Community Micro-grant to develop an engaging and educational stop-motion animation film addressing teen dating violence. Princes 2 Kings works primarily with middle school and high school males of color in the West End and South Side of Providence. The script is being developed by the program participants, and they will also perform, record, and edit the film.
Youth in Action (YIA) received a $10,000 Community Micro-grant to support the development and implementation of a series of youth-designed community events in 2017. Youth In Action will provide training to YIA staff on recognizing, responding, and referring families experiencing intimate partner violence; develop a youth-led film and discussion series for 75 young people; and launch a social media campaign to create awareness and drive participation in the film and discussion series.
Applicants were directed to the RICADV’s website for additional examples of DVPF funded projects and to access the prevention resource “Our Future Depends On Preventing Domestic Violence.”
Q 3.) Can we focus our project on a college campus?
Q 3.) Yes. The RFP is open to proposals that engage populations across the lifespan. Please note that priority will be given to proposals that focus on altering norms, policies, and community conditions that impact girls and boys of color and LGBTQ and Two-Spirit youth. Priority will also be given to proposals that support the implementation of the Lindsay Ann Burke Act in schools through climate and systems change strategies. Additionally, priority will be given to short-term projects that foster and increase community cohesion through public awareness, education, and the arts, help community members make a personal connection to the issue of intimate partner violence, and encourage bystanders to take action and get involved.
Q 4.) Can the DVPF be used to work with youth in grades K-3? (The caller described "Hands are Not for Hitting" and a puppet show and emailed a link after the call, included here.)
A 4.) The RICADV cannot set aside funds from the DVPF for this project or any project. The RICADV must use an RFP to solicit project proposals from the community in order to disperse funds. Applicants can reach out to a school or local non-profit and submit a proposal for this type of project, as it is an eligible activity.