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JAMS Mini-Grant 2018
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The JAMS Foundation and National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) are pleased to announce the fourth Community Mediation Mini-Grant Program (“Program”). The purpose of this year’s Program is to fund the development and refinement of innovative and emerging community mediation center services for those who are homeless or facing eviction.

This is the first of two steps that will need to be taken to be considered for an invitation to receive funds.

The first step is the Solicitation of Interest (Si) step. This step invites you to submit a two to three-page short answer proposal for review. There is no request for attachments, a structured budget or an in-depth justification of your work. You can find the Solicitation of Interest (Si) on the NAFCM webpage (NAFCM.org) or download the Si by clicking this link Homelessness and Public Housing 2018.

The focus areas for this $12,000/year for up to two-year grant include:

  • Priority will be given to projects that focus on developing conflict resolution skills that will assist homeless or public housing populations to address issues arising between them and other tenants, landlords, courts, or other organizations representing their safety net. This focus incorporates Hallmark 3, Hallmark 4, Hallmark 6, and Hallmark 7.
  • Priority will be given to projects in which those who have experienced homelessness or live in or have lived in public or subsidized housing play a significant or substantive role in the delivery of the process. This focus incorporates Hallmark 2.
  • Priority will be given to projects that arises from a strong base of diverse stakeholders, champions and prime movers who are representative of their community of focus. This focus incorporates Hallmark 1, Hallmark 5, Hallmark 8, and Hallmark 9.

Important dates if you are considering possible participation in this year’s offer are:

Bidders' Conference: Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 at 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. There is a limited number of spaces for this teleconference. To obtain the link for the conference, and register to attend, please send a notice of interest to NAFCM at admin@nafcm.org.

Interested organizations are required to submit a 1-3-page 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, Thursday, March 29th, 2018 to admin@nafcm.org.

If you our invited to write a full proposal you will be notified by Friday, April 20th, 2018. An RFP review webinar will be offered on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 at 2 PM ET. 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 25th, 2018.

Notifications of the final decision will be made by Friday August 31st, 2018.

If you have any questions, please write to dgmawn@nafcm.org. Questions will be added to our Frequently Asked Questions, which can be found by clicking here.

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