At the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, we know you have some amazing ideas for improving the lives of children in Pierce County! We’ve heard exceptional, innovative, and even wild concepts at our annual Symposium On Our Youngest Citizens and follow-up surveys for the past few years. With funding from South Sound Together, we’re excited to partner with you to bring these projects to life.
We encourage all interested community members to submit project proposals for the grant program to invite children’s presence, ideas, and wonder in neighborhoods across the county.
Following the Museum’s mission to “honor children and champion play” and vision that “communities embrace the power of play and value the contributions of children”, we seek to fund community action projects focused on developing a child-centered community. Successful projects will recognize and advocate for the needs and rights of children as citizens, increase the visibility of children as members of our communities, and/or positively influence systems that surround children and families.
Each group will develop and implement a specific project that will engage youth and children of our community - listen to their voices and inspire adults to reconnect with their own inner child. To carry out these projects, the Museum will disperse small grants up to $2,000.
To apply, please submit your application and line item budget form to Chad Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 29, 2018: Please provide responses to the following prompts to the best of your ability. Limit your completed document to three pages, maintaining the 0.7" margins and 12 point font.
Please submit questions to Chad Russell at email@example.com by May 30, 2018. Individual responses will be issued as soon as possible and published collectively by June 8, 2018. Questions submitted after May 30, 2018 will be responded to as time allows until June 15, 2018.
Small grants will be awarded to successful projects that cultivate child-centered communities, in unexpected and new ways, where all Pierce County children and their families can thrive. We want to showcase your success to invite participation and inspire others, so your proposal should include a practical implementation plan and steps to capture the impact of the project.
Projects could address many of the spaces and interactions children experience throughout their days such as stores, restaurants, or other businesses; medical and social services; neighborhoods and parks; or childcare/schools.
Any Pierce County resident with a great idea for making our communities more child-centered and play-powered is eligible. You’ll also need at least two friends committed to helping with your plan. Individuals working together, non-profits, businesses, advocacy groups, neighborhood coalitions, service groups and more can apply. In fact, we hope to fund a variety of projects representing a broad range of interest groups.
Children eight and over are encouraged to apply, with an adult acting as the primary contact for the project. And, since children are the focus of this grant program, be sure to think about how children will be involved in the project planning process and engaged in implementation.
The sky’s the limit! But awards will be restricted to one per lead applicant. Although, if you’re a go-getter, you can participate in other projects, just not as the lead application.
We hope to award grants up to $2,000. Applicants will receive communication on funding decisions the week of August 6, 2018.
The project must be intended to benefit the general public, rather than an individual, small group, club, or association. Funding is project-focused and is cannot be used for an organization’s general operating or capital campaign expenses. If used to support an event, it must be the launch of a longer-range program or effort intended to have ongoing elements. Grant funding will support expenses incurred from August 13, 2018 to March 1, 2019.
Submit your amazing ideas to us by June 29, 2018 at 5 p.m. We’ll be in touch if we have questions the week of July 9th. Funding decisions will be communicated by August 6th and we will announce awards publicly at our Power of Play Lunch on September 25, 2018. Projects will begin August 13, 2018 and wrap up by March 1, 2019. You'll give us a project update December 1, 2018, and let us know how it all went in final reports in early March 2019.
As the second Child-Centered Community Small Grants program group, you’ll be lighting the way for others to follow. Each project will be profiled in the Spring 2019 Symposium and shared on the Museum’s website. One or two of the projects will be highlighted at the Symposium to inspire others and launch the call for 2019 project proposals.
The Museum will run background checks on the primary contacts for each finalist. Names will be run through the Washington State Patrol. Applicants will be disqualified if they have: ever been convicted of a crime against a child or senior, or of a sexual offense; or been convicted of a violent crime, drug related offense, harassment, or weapons related offense in the last five years.
Awardees will sign a contract agreeing to grant requirements, including a background check and an IRS form W-9. The contract will commit awardees to delivering the project as described in the proposal, reporting expenses (including receipts), submitting reports (including photos/videos) to document the project impact, and submitting final reports. Awardees will also commit to attend the 2019 Symposium.
To have all your ducks in a row by the deadline, we recommend you email Chad Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 30, 2018 and he’ll answer you ASAP. He’ll also email you answers to all submitted questions by June 8, 2018. And, if your ducks are being unruly and you happen to have questions after May 30, He’ll do his best to answer them up until June 15, 2018.