The Reconnecting Cenla Program Grant funding opportunity is open and consists of a two-stage submission process. The deadline for Letter of Intent submissions has passed. An invitation to submit a Full Proposal is required to participate in the second stage of the submission process. Full Proposal submissions will be due no later than 1 p.m. CT on Friday, January 13, 2023, and are only open to invited applicants. Selected applicants will be notified via email from The Rapides Foundation Program Staff by 5 p.m. CT on Friday, March 3, 2023.
The purpose of the Reconnecting Cenla Program Grant is to support local anchor organizations with the creation of community-based systems to identify, recruit and navigate Disconnected Youth to education and/or employment opportunities. Disconnected Youth (also referred to as Opportunity Youth) are young adults ages 16 to 24 who are neither in school nor working.
In recognizing that there is no "one size fits all" approach, the Foundation will rely on funded anchor organizations to build their local community-based system. These systems will also heavily rely on partner organizations to address specific barriers that disconnected youth face when reengaging to education and/or employment services.
Each anchor organization will be responsible for the following activities:
1) Identifying a minimum of three community partner organizations (including, but not limited to, community-based, faith-based, social service providers and governmental organizations) to assist with identifying, recruiting and navigating disconnected youth to education and/or employment services.
2) Coordinate the local system activities to reengage youth to education and employment opportunities.
3) Tracking outcomes for individuals served.
4) Participating in the regional youth network.
5) Accepting technical assistance from consultants provided by the Foundation.
The Reconnecting Cenla Program Grant provides grant awards up to $300,000. The grant term will be up to 36 months, beginning April 1, 2023, and ending March 31, 2026. The Foundation will consider only one application per organization. An agency may be listed as a partner organization in multiple applications, but may only submit one application as an anchor organization.
All funded projects must be offered in The Rapides Foundation's nine-parish service area. Applicants are encouraged to partner with other organizations. Applicants should thoroughly review the Request for Proposals and other key documents included in the Key Materials section (in right column) to see full details, application process and proposal requirements.
Anchor organizations are organizations that have a significant presence, reputation and history within their community and the organizational capacity to implement community-wide partnerships. Eligible anchor organizations for this funding opportunity may include, but are not limited to: community-based organizations; faith-based organizations; not-for-profit postsecondary institutions; and governmental organizations.
Primary applicants (anchor organization or grant fiscal agent) must meet all of the following requirements:
- Classified as a Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code or a governmental entity.
- Cannot be a private foundation under Section 509(a).
- Must be an organization within The Rapides Foundation Service Area or seeking funding support for projects restricted to the Foundation's nine parishes.
Proposal Submission Process
The Reconnecting Cenla Program Grant consists of a two-stage submission process. The first stage is submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI) using The Rapides Foundation's online application process only. Letters of Intent that are approved by the Foundation's Board of Trustees at its September 2022 meeting will then be invited to submit a Full Proposal of their project. To see full details of the LOI and Full Proposal stages, please refer to the Request for Proposals.
Interested applicants are encouraged to contact The Rapides Foundation for guidance before submitting their proposal package. Contact information is located in the right column.
Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. CT
: Informational Webinar
Tuesday, August 9, 2022, no later than 1:00 p.m. CT
: Letter of Intent Submission Deadline
Friday, September 30, 2022
: LOI Notification of Selection
Friday, January 13, 2023, no later than 1:00 p.m. CT
: Full Proposal Submission Deadline for Selected Applicants
Friday, March 3, 2023
: Notification of Award
April 1, 2023:
Grant Start Date