On Wednesday, February 17, we held a conference call to further explain the Summer 2016 funding opportunity and answer questions.  Below, we have included a run-down of most questions covered during the call.

A recording of the call is also available here: Summer 2016 RFP Conference Call Recording.

Full RFP information, including submission instructions and the application, can be found on the Funding Opportunities section of the Get IN Chicago website.  The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 4th, at 11:59pm.


Summer RFP – FAQ

Which types of programs will be funded?
In addition to our traditional funding areas such as mentoring and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), summer funding is also available for other pro-social programs.  Examples include but are not limited to sports, technology, service learning, and the arts.

Are schools eligible for funding?
Get IN Chicago funds support programs and measurement and cannot be used for general operations, ruling out many schools who apply for funding.  However, specific programming for a specific target population at a school may be eligible.


Focus Communities
What are Get IN Chicago’s focus communities?
Austin, Englewood, Humboldt Park, North Lawndale, Roseland, South Shore, and West Englewood.  We chose to concentrate our investment in these communities after careful analysis of youth populations, rates of violence, and capacity for change.  To qualify for summer funding, a program must serve youth from a Get IN Chicago focus community.

Can programming take place outside of focus communities?
While we place a priority on programs physically taking place in our focus communities, we understand that certain opportunities may only be available outside of them.  When adequate space or resources are not available, it may make more sense to serve participants at an alternate location.  Proposed projects taking place outside of our focus communities will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and considered according to their circumstances.  No matter their location, all programs are required to serve acutely high-risk youth from Get IN Chicago focus communities.

Are funded organizations responsible for establishing partnerships within the focus communities?
Yes, organizations are responsible for establishing their own partnerships.  Due to the short timeframe for summer funding, we are most interested in funding organizations with prior history in their chosen community.  This history and local capacity will be evaluated as part of the proposal process.


What does a “unique Get IN Chicago cohort” mean?
A unique cohort means a group of individuals not enrolled in any other concurrent programs.  Enrolling participants that are not also in another program allows us to isolate the intervention, giving the best opportunity for measurement and evaluation.

Is it possible to blend students from GIC target communities with other organizational constituents?

No, blending groups would disrupt the unique cohort model required for funding.

Can the minimum cohort of 25 be split up among multiple sites?
It is possible, but we would need to understand the rationale for splitting up the group.  In our review process, we would pay particular attention to how such a split may affect program delivery and service.



How does Get IN Chicago define “acutely high-risk”?
Get IN Chicago risk factors for violence include chronic truancy, court involvement, prior arrests, low academic engagement, mental illness, prior discipline infractions, and substance abuse.  Because these risk factors are specifically tied to violence, we are committed to supporting programs seeking to reduce them among affected youth.

Are organizations solely responsible for recruitment and retention, or will there be supports from Get IN Chicago?
Grant recipient organizations are responsible for recruiting and retaining the acutely high-risk youth for their program.  In your proposal, we seek a clear plan as to how you will recruit and retain this group, as well as your organization’s capacity to fulfill it.


What process and outcome data is Get IN Chicago most interested in for summer programming?
Get IN Chicago is only interested in outcome data for this opportunity.  Specifically, we are looking for outcomes related to our mission of reducing risk factors of youth violence.  We also are looking for projects using evidence-based curriculums, in which case the anticipated outcomes would reflect those associated with the chosen curriculum.

Here is a sample outcome for a program using a curriculum for crisis intervention.

Outcome 1
Description Measure Indicator Data Source
Youth will be exposed to, comprehend, and demonstrate Crisis Intervention Methods Completion of 4/6  classes with curriculum-based crisis intervention learning (C.A.R.E.) 80% of youth participants experienced improvement in the comprehension and/or demonstration of the C.A.R.E. Method Pre-Assessment, Interviews, Focus Groups, Post-Assessment, Qualitative Observations


Financials and Funding Restrictions
What is the funding amount/range for this opportunity?
We regard each proposal individually but also judge it against similar programs.  If a specific program requests funding well above or below the average, that raises flags.  It is also worth noting that Get IN Chicago funding cannot exceed 25% of an organization’s operating budget.  So while there is no hard funding range, those two criteria ultimately contribute to final award amounts.

Can we use the funds for salaries?
Yes.  Funds can be used to support staff members working on the proposed program.

Please further discuss the types of incentives that Get IN Chicago will allow during summer.
In general, we allow incentives for milestones or levels of program completion.  These incentives most often take the form of gift cards or special field trip opportunities.  Direct cash incentives cannot be supported by Get IN Chicago funding.

Are bus passes an incentive or program cost?
Bus passes, whether for safe transport to the program site or field trips during the program, should be included in program cost.

Can we use the funds to supplement an existing program funded by other entities?
In general, we are interested in funding unique programs.  That being said, you are welcome to make a case for an existing program that you think warrants additional Get IN Chicago funding.  We will review these situations on a case-by-case basis.


Grant Process
When will notification of awards be made?
Award notification is scheduled for late April or early May.

How much ramp up time will be allowed?
The grant period will begin on June 1st, and programs should start no later than July 5th.  This gives organizations at least a month for ramp-up, and possibly more time for planning after award notification.

Additional questions?  Please feel free to reach out to Lisa Moultrie, Program Director (312-565-4161; lmoultrie@getinchicago.org) or Crystal Jackson, Program Officer ( 312-616-6142; cjackson@getinchicago.org)