Matching Grants for Local Foster Care Collaboration

Two of the most common words associated with foster care in the United States are “not enough.”

Not enough resources.

Not enough support.

Not enough families.

But it doesn’t have to be that way where you live.

There are churches, organizations, and advocates eager to work in together in unity to transform foster care in your community but lack the resources or experience to launch a healthy and sustainable local collaborative movement.

That is where you come in.

We are looking to partner with churches and organizations who want to move foster care from not enough to more than enough in their county. We want to hear about your vision for your community, the transformative changes you are imagining, and the community collaboration it will take to get there. We are offering up to $10,000 matching grants, individualized coaching in fundraising, strategic planning, network-building, and access to national leaders and practical tools to help you find families, restore families, and support families.

Grant funds can be used to start a new collaborative effort in your community or expand an existing one.

We would count it a privilege to work with you, learn from you and encourage you as you seek to provide more than enough in your county.

If you have an idea that will help transform foster care in your community through the power of collaboration, we want to help!

Applications are now closed.

FAQs

What is the grant committee looking for in a proposal?

  • Each grant request will be evaluated according to these core values: Collaboration, Innovation, and Multiplication.
    • Collaboration:
      • Ideally this collaboration would include at least 3 churches working together in partnership with local public child welfare along with at least 2 other agencies/organizations/community partners.
      • We are most interested in collaborations that maximize church engagement and ownership.  
    • Innovation:
      • We’re not asking you to come up with ideas that have never been thought of before (although bring those on!), but we are asking you to apply ideas in your community that have not been done where you live! 
      • We are great with proposals that focus on expanding a proven project into new communities.
    • Multiplication:
      • One of the biggest challenges in foster care is when great ideas are only being used in one place.  More Than Enough wants to see the best principles, practices, and people our country has to offer, put to work for the children and families in your county and in every county.
      • We would love to see projects that others could easily replicate.  We will give you an opportunity to share the stories, process, and successes of your project in an interview setting, but we would also value open-handedness in the project design. For example,if you create a video, make sure that the video could be rebranded and used by another organization (maybe save all the logo t-shirts for another day).

Can funds be used to further an existing project?

Yes! One of our core values is innovation, however, we define innovation as not just bringing brand new ideas into a community, but also bringing proven models into a new community.

Can my organization apply for this grant, or do I have to be a part of a group of organizations? What is the minimum amount of partners required?

Ideally this collaboration would include at least 3 churches working together in partnership with local public child welfare along with at least 2 other agencies/organizations/community partners.

Do I have to be a CAFO member to apply for this grant?

CAFO membership is not required to be awarded a matching grant.

Can projects be internationally focused?

No. This grant program was created specifically for collaborations serving children and families in U.S. Foster Care.

What will be required and when?

  • We will have 30, 60, 90 day check-in surveys during the fundraising period. These will take around 10 minutes to submit. 
  • At the conclusion of the 9 month project period, you will be asked to do the following:
    • A 1-hour video interview via ZOOM where we will discuss the project plan, progress, data collected and stories of people impacted by the work you have done. 
    • A budget expenditures report.
    • A written project report (in the form of a completed survey). 
  • We are also offering many learning opportunities and coaching exclusively to grant recipients; We ask that a member of your collaboration attend fundraising webinars and the More Than Enough Essentials online course either in the spring or fall.

How long do we have to raise the initial amount so that it can be matched?

Time period for raising funds is 3 months; beginning April 1, 2021 and ending June 30th. Gifts given prior to this date cannot be included in the matching grant.

We will offer an optional (but encouraged)  fundraising ‘bootcamp’ online webinar and coaching to help you establish a fundraising plan.

This is described as a matching grant. At what point would our collaboration receive the matching funds?

Funds will be disbursed in full at the end of the 3 month fundraising period. At that time the 9 month project window will begin. We will work with your collaboration to determine if you already have access to a suitable financial account held by a 501c3, or if you will be required to set up a financial account through Lifesong for Orphans. Lifesong specializes in setting up accounts like this for churches, organizations, and collaboratives.

Our collaboration involves multiple churches and/or organizations. How will you determine which account will be used to distribute funds?

If you are selected as a recipient we will work with you to help determine if you already have access to a suitable financial account held by a 501c3, or if you  will be required to set up a financial account through Lifesong for Orphans. Lifesong specializes in setting up accounts like this for churches, organizations, and collaboratives.

What if I don’t feel confident that I can raise the initial $10,000?

We know that for some people who may have never raised funding for projects like this, the process can be intimidating. We have put some things in place to help you feel confident in your ability to do this!

Personalized coaching as well as fundraising webinars will be available. Ultimately, we believe that if this project is from the Lord, He will provide for it, and we will do all we can to help you achieve this goal.

Okay, I hear you, but what happens if we don’t raise the full $10,000?

We will match amounts smaller than $10,000 and will work with each collaboration to revise projects if needed.

Does the total project budget need to be exactly $20,000? Can we pool this with existing funds?

You will need to raise $10,000 of new funds for the matching grant. However, once that amount is raised and matching funds are distributed, you can use the money for larger projects that utilize existing funds or require additional funding.

More Questions?

Email amanda@cafo.org