Basic Center and Street Outreach RFPs Released; Grantwriting & Critiquing Available

 

The Family and Youth Services Bureau has just released its 2014 Basic Center and Street Outreach RFPs. Both are due May 12.

The purpose of the Basic Center Program (BCP) is to provide services to runaway and homeless youth who might otherwise end up in the child welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice systems. BCP works to establish or strengthen community-based programs that meet the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth and their families. The programs provide youth up to age 18 with emergency shelter, food, clothing, counseling and referrals for health care. Most basic centers can provide 21 days of shelter for up to 20 youth at a time. Basic centers seek to reunite young people with their families, whenever possible, or to locate appropriate alternative placements.

Approximately 116 awards are expected to be made, ranging in size from $50,000-$200,000. The average award is expected to be $156,000 for every year of the three-year project period. Priority is given to applicants with previous experience working with runaway and homeless youth. See the RFP.

Street Outreach programs provide services to youth living on the streets and in unstable situations by reaching out to them. These projects aim to increase young people’s safety, well-being, and self-sufficiency, and to help them build permanent connections with caring adults, with the goal of getting them off the streets.

Approximately 20 awards will be made, ranging in size from $90,000-$200,000. The average award is expected to be $112,000 for every year of the three-year project period. Priority is given to applicants with previous experience working with runaway and homeless youth. See the RFP.

Need Some Help? Competition for FSBY funding continues to grow more fierce each year. Furthermore, the RFPs came out earlier than expected this year, and some agencies may be caught off guard. If you need help, let us know as soon as possible. We can write the grant for you or support your grantwriting team by reviewing your application. While no funding is ever guaranteed, in the last seven years we’ve had a 94% success rate writing and reviewing FYSB grants. We feel confident we can help you improve your chances for funding.

To learn more about our grantwriting and review services,  contact Sharon Vardatira at (413) 687-1006 Don’t delay. We get busy this time of year and don’t want to turn anyone away.

 

 

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