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Community Mediation Mini-Grant Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies for Mediation
Programs that Address Community Conflict

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) and JAMS Foundation

LOI Date:

03/15/21

Deadline Date:

06/15/21 11:59 PM local time of the organization’s legal/main location.

Description:

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Grants of $12,000 per year to USA nonprofit organizations and educational institutions to develop mediation centers to address conflicts within local communities. The purpose of the program is to develop innovative programs that assist institutions, residents, and the community address conflict and reconnect. Funding is intended primarily for staff time dedicated to program development activities, including participation in the learning community and the development of source materials. Preference for funding is given to those applicants who have previously demonstrated an ability to bring projects to a level of scalability and sustainability.

Strengthening Community Connections: This is an opportunity to assist one or more of the communities you serve by helping this community to develop a long-term process focused on healing their current or long-standing community divide. The proposed project should expand how your organization currently serves your communities (through mediation, restorative justice practices, conflict coaching, conflict management training or dialogue processes), by offering a new or enhanced process to help people, institutions, and the community as a whole on their path toward re-connection.

Systemic changes developed as part of this process should be able to be replicated by community mediation centers as a path for sustainability and growth for the field of community mediation, as well as to inform the development of training, evidence-based strategies, policy, and research at the national level as well.

The Program is designed to encourage creativity and variation based on research. Service strategies will be developed through the implementation of the “Listening for Action” Leadership Process and strengthened by at least one policy or procedure change developed and locally implemented over a two-year period. Program recipients will work together throughout the grant period anchored in the Learning Community. The Learning Community is a structured and collaborative peer working group facilitated by NAFCM. This structure serves as an incubator for innovation by aiding in the development of “good practices.” Written materials developed through these grants will be shared with community mediation centers and mediators across the continent. By distributing these materials, sharing programmatic resources, providing training, and developing national partnerships, NAFCM supports the replication of these service models and ensures the Program’s impact on an international level.

The Learning Community will meet twice a month for the first five months, and monthly thereafter using a specified on-line meeting platform. This community will follow the “Listening for Action” structured guidance offered by NAFCM that is intended to strengthen the unique work of each project as well as create an executive learning environment that allows the members to grow both individually and professionally.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Build on relationships already established through the work of the center (Hallmark 1).
  • Seek to support the community to address positive system change through initiating, educating, and facilitating issues (Hallmark 8) through a lens of fairness, peacemaking and violence prevention.
  • Work to engage in public awareness and educational activities about the values of using community mediation (Hallmark 9).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183117

Number of Grants:

Up to 5

Estimated Size of Grant:

$12,000 per year

Term of Contract:

Grants will be awarded by August 31, 2021 for an initial twelve-month funding period and are renewable for an additional year of funding by the agreement of the Program recipient, NAFCM, and the JAMS Foundation.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations include nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations, educational institutions, and public or for-profit agencies working in conjunction with nonprofit institutions or organizations.

A community mediation center is an entity that works to achieve the following nine hallmarks of a community mediation center:

1. A private non-profit or public agency or program thereof, with mediators, staff and governing/advisory board representative of the diversity of the community served.
2. The use of trained community volunteers as providers of mediation services; the practice of mediation is open to all persons.
3. Providing direct access to the public through self-referral and striving to reduce barriers to service including physical, linguistic, cultural, programmatic and economic.
4. Providing service to clients regardless of their ability to pay.
5. Providing service and hiring without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, disabilities, national origin, marital status, personal appearance, gender orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, source of income.
6. Providing a forum for dispute resolution at the earliest stage of conflict.
7. Providing an alternative to the judicial system at any stage of a conflict.
8. Initiating, facilitating and educating for collaborative community relationships to effect positive systemic change.
9. Engaging in public awareness and educational activities about the values and practices of mediation.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational conference call will be held on Monday February 8, 2021- 4:30 PM Eastern Time. There is a limited number of spaces for this teleconference and you must be registered no later Friday February 5, 2021.

Pre-Application Information:

Funding Project Process Step 1 – Open to all now until March 15th, 2021: Interested organizations are required to submit a 1-3-page response to the Solicitation of Interest (SI) (using the guidelines on the following page) to NAFCM no later than 11:59 PM local time of the organization’s legal/main location, March 15, 2021

Funding Project Process Step 2 – By invitation only
- The NAFCM Grant review committee will notify applicants if they have been selected to develop a full proposal by April 1st, 2021. For selected applicants a review webinar will be offered on Tuesday April 16, 2021 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time. The link for attendance will be sent to those applicants who are invited to submit a full proposal.
- Full proposals (with a required application protocol provided upon notification) will be due to the NAFCM Grant review committee no later than 11:59 PM local time of the organization’s legal/main location on Monday, June 15, 2021.
- Notifications of the final decision will be made by August 31, 2021.

Contact Information:

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

Submit Solicitations of Interest to siminigrant2020@gmail.com

Please address questions about grant program to D.G. Mawn, President, NAFCM, at the above email.

National Association for Community Mediation
P. O. Box 5246
Louisville, KY 40255

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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