Funding for Census 2020 Education and Outreach
Boston Children’s Collaboration for Community Health aims to improve the health and well-being of children with an emphasis on those disproportionately impacted by racial/ethnic and socioeconomic inequities in health and social determinants of health. This RFP is made possible through the Special Initiatives fund of the Boston Children’s Collaboration for Community Health. The purpose of the Special Initiatives fund is to support policy, advocacy, and systems change initiatives for children and families at unique time periods through one-time non-renewable support. For more information on the Collaboration for Community Health, visit BostonChildrens.org/funding.
This Request for Proposals (RFP) is focused on ensuring a complete count of historically “hard to count” groups for the 2020 Census, including young children, those in immigrant households, and low-income families. The Census determines the amount of federal funding that comes into each state. A complete and accurate count is essential to ensuring that communities receive the resources they need for children and families to thrive. This year’s Census comes with several new challenges to ensuring an accurate count including a reduction in federal funding to support outreach, a climate of fear for immigrant families, and a primarily online response form. This grant will support community-based organizations working to ensure that all children and families are accurately counted in the 2020 Census.
Total funding available through this RFP is $50,000. Grant amounts range from $5,000 to $10,000 for outreach activities to take place from April 1 to July 1, 2020. Between 5 and 10 grants will be awarded in total. Applications are due by Monday, February 24, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.
Eligible institutions include:
• Non- profit child serving organizations with community organizing capacity
• Faith-based organizations
• Community coalitions
• Community development corporations with community organizing capacity
Preference will be given to Boston organizations that are not currently receiving funding for this work.
Interested applicants are asked to submit an application. This application should include:
1. Organization Details Cover Sheet (see below for what to include)
2. Completed Application Questions (PDF no more than 4 pages)
3. Budget outlining how funds will be used
4. Letters of recommendation. You can submit up to two letters of recommendation. One of the letters needs to be from a program or coalition partner. Each letter must be one page maximum.
5. W9 Tax Form
Please submit these materials and direct any questions by email to: TalkToUs@childrens.harvard.edu
The deadline for completed applications is Monday, February 24, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.
Application Components: Organization Details Cover Sheet The cover sheet does not count towards your 4 page limit.
• Organization Name
• Mailing Address
• Contact Person Name, Title, and Email Address
• Fiscal Agent (if applicable)
• Amount Requested
• Please specify the type of organization you are applying on behalf of
o Non- profit child serving organization with community organizing capacity
o Faith-based organization
o Community coalition
o Community development corporation with community organizing capacity
Carefully answer the below questions. Each question has a word limit. Please keep your responses to 4 pages in length. Use single spacing and 12-point font. Please send all final documents in PDF format.
1. Describe the population of children and families you’ll be seeking to engage. (200 words)
2. Describe the specific geographic areas or communities in which you will focus. What is your organization’s connection to those communities? (250 words)
3. Describe how your organization’s mission supports your plans to organize communities specifically focused on children and families in Boston that are at high risk of being undercounted in Census 2020. (500 words)
4. What will these funds be used for? Provide a clear outline of your outreach campaign and/or program plan from April 1 to July 1. (250 words).
5. Discuss your previous experience in organizing your community, including successes and challenges. Please site one example of success, including specific outreach numbers. (150 words)
6. In a bulleted list, list clear measureable goals and metrics around your work (i.e. # of families complete Census by July 1 (Goal: 40); # radio ads directed towards parents or families; # of parents spoken with about Census (Goal: 150); etc.) (70 words)
7. What barriers do you anticipate facing? How will you overcome them? (150 words)
8. Are you currently receiving funding for Census 2020 education and outreach? If so, please provide details about the activities you are being funded for and discuss how this award will specifically add to those activities. (150 words)
Monday, February 24, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 12, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.
Communicating Your Message Policy and Advocacy Learning Session (Optional)
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Health Care for All, 1 Federal Street
Boston Children’s Hospital Census Day Event
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
9:00 – 12:00 p.m.
Boston Children’s Hospital Details TBD
Final Report Deadline
Friday, August 28, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.
Submission: Submit your final application and all corresponding documents