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JAMS NAFCM Funding Announcement

Tuesday, March 12, 2019  
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The JAMS Foundation and National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) are pleased to announce the sixth 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 or have been involved with the criminal justice system. In particular, we are looking to support Prison Re-entry and Re-integration initiativesThis is an opportunity to focus on conflict related to employment, education, family and community involvement for those who are recently released or scheduled to be released from the criminal justice system.

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) attached to this email, or on the NAFCM website at https://www.nafcm.org/page/ResourceNews.

The focus areas for this $12,000/year for up to two-year grant including assisting those set to be released or those already released from the prison institution who are encountering conflict in such areas as employment or housing or education or domestic relations and

  • also seeks to develop collaborative community relationships to effect positive systemic change in regard to prisoner re-entry and re-integration (Hallmark 8); and,
  • also works to engage in public awareness and educational activities about the values of using community mediation for prisoner re-entry and re-integration (Hallmark 9).

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

Bidders' Conference: Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 at 4:00 PM Eastern 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 MiniGrant2019@nafcm.org

Interested organizations are required to submit a 1-3-page Solicitation of Interest (Si) (using the guidelines as noted in the SI) to NAFCM no later than 11:59 PM local time of the organization’s legal/main location, Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 to MiniGrant2019@nafcm.org

If you our invited to write a full proposal you will be notified by Wednesday, May 1st, 2019. An RFP review webinar will be offered on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 at 4:00 PM Eastern Time. The link for attendance will be sent to those applicants who are invited to submit a full proposal.

Full proposals 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 17th, 2019.

Notifications of the final decision will be made by Friday August 31st, 2019.

If you have any questions, please write to MiniGrant2019@nafcm.org.



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