February 2010

by Jule' Colvin on November 23, 2010

Welcome to the GrantPathways newsletter. Here you will find updates in the industry, quick links and stories of clients with whom we are working. I hope you enjoy this edition of GrantPathways newsletter. As always, your comments are welcomed.

Featured Client

This month we would like to introduce you to Solita’s House, one of GrantPathways newest clients.  Solita’s House was founded in 2006 and has grown exponentially over the past 4 years.  The mission of Solita’s House is to build the capacity of the people and partners they serve in the areas of economic literacy coaching, homeowner education and community revitalization.  The agency employs highly trained administrative and program staff persons who are passionate about helping people to obtain their homeownership dreams.  Most of the staff members are bi-lingual Spanish and English.

Soltia’s House assists its target population by offering the following services:

  • Homebuyer Education Classes
  • One-on-one Pre-purchase Counseling
  • Foreclosure Intervention and Default Counseling
  • One-on-one Post Purchase Counseling
  • Processing assistance for lenders/clients applying for the SHIP/HOME First Time Homebuyer downpayment assistance program
  • Economic Literacy Coaching Program (ELC)

The agency is certified to provide services by HUD, SHIP, the City of Tampa, Hillsborough County and several PMI companies and lenders.  In 2009 Solita’s House provided Homebuyer Education to 400 people, Pre-Purchase Counseling to 244 people and Foreclosure Services to 181 people.

This progressive non-profit has been taking great strides over the past year to build its capacity.  GrantPathways has been privileged to work with them to conduct an Agency Assessment, a Board Assessment and to develop a 5 Year Strategic Plan.  We have also begun to provide board training sessions for their board.  Solita’s House is now poised in 2010 to make an even bigger impact on their local community.   We are looking forward to seeing what great things they will do in the future!

Non-Profit Know How

There are two very important grant deadlines coming up in February and March for non-profits desiring to build their capacity.  The first is for agencies serving children and families in Hillsborough County and the second is for non-profit agencies serving any county in the State of Florida.  Please see below for details from the funders’ websites.

  • The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County is currently accepting applications to the Technical Assistance and Match Funds.  These funds are available to not-for-profit service providers, community based organizations and governmental entities serving children and families in Hillsborough County.  All funds are one time and non-recurring.  Technical Assistance Funds are intended to assist organizations build their capacity through strategic activities to strengthen their ability to operate effectively over the long term.  Appropriate capacity building activities should focus on improving internal infrastructure in the areas of Governance, Management, Finance and Fund Development.  Technical Assistance grants are not designed for salaries, direct service, grant writers, construction or renovations, or cost related to start up (program or agency).  $10,000 is the maximum amount considered per request.  In addition, requests for up to $1,000 per agency to cover the cost of registration for conference and training events will be considered.   Travel, lodging or other incidental expenses are no longer eligible expenses.

There are two deadlines for the Children’s Board funds, the first is February 26th and the second is April 16th.  We strongly recommend applying with the first deadline as the funds were frozen in 2009 after the first deadline.  GrantPathways has helped numerous clients tap into these funds in the past and would love to have the opportunity to help your agency this month.

  • Volunteer Florida is also accepting applications for capacity building sub-awards.  The due date for these funds is March 16th.  The awards will be between $2,000 and $20,000.  As with the Children’s Board funds, these funds can only be used for capacity building activities and not for direct services.  Agencies must have an annual budget of less than $300,000 and must not have previously received a federal grant in order to apply for these funds.  Please call or email GrantPathways right away to discuss how your agency might utilize these grant funds.

Contact:  jule@grantpathways.com or call 813-453-4891

GrantPathways Services

Our staff would love to have the opportunity to discuss the capacity building needs of your agency.  In addition to writing winning proposals, Grantpathways offers expertise in a wide range of non-profit management services.   Our staff conducts in-depth research using state of the art systems along with providing one on one leadership consultation, non-profit management assistance, strategic planning, board training and grant management assistance.  Give us a call or email us today! 

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