2021 GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS AND GUIDELINES
The Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation seeks to improve people's lives by supporting organizations and institutions in Bexar and selected Central Texas Counties that give people the tools to become educated, healthy, and self-reliant through the grantmaking areas of Cultural Enrichment, Education and Human Services.
The Foundation does not provide grants to individuals or for scholarships, debt reduction, start-up, capital campaigns, endowments, fundraising events, 509(a)(3) Supporting Organizations or sponsorships. All grant recipients must be 501(c)(3) organizations or public non-profits.
Since its founding, the goal of the Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation has been to be faithful to the spirit of its founders and responsive to the needs of the communities it serves.
During a June 2018 Board Retreat, the Board developed our initiative and focus for the coming years. Our vision is:
Our commitment to this vision has resulted in a decision to spend out our assets over the next, now, four to eight years. Our funding focus represents our commitment to improve the quality of life for people in the counties we serve (Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall and Travis Counties) by being the most effective partner and catalyst for the nonprofit community that we can be.
The Foundation has launched an initiative, "Strengthening the Family Unit," based on the "Dual Gen" (Two Generation) philosophy. In our current environment with COVID-19 issues, we are working to help provide the quality programs either online or in person as the future will dictate. We believe that now is not the time to give up on furthering peoples lives through education and family engagement.
While many programs tend to arrange parent-oriented and child-oriented programs into separate silos, Dual Gen programs and policies seek to engage families in ways that knit together these services and address both groups simultaneously. Programs must have been in operation for at least one year and serve families with children aged 0-8. The Foundation has chosen this focus, "Strengthening the Family Unit," because it will allow us to support lifelong learning, self-reliance and healthy lifestyles aligning with our longtime mission.
Dual Gen approaches help develop an infrastructure to address parent and child needs together. Specifically, we will be looking for programs that are comprised of all of the following four components:
1. Adult Education for Parents that can include ESL, GED/High School Diploma, Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Anger Management, Financial Literacy, and/or Job Skill Training.
2. Parenting skills that give parents the tools and confidence they need to raise a healthy family which may include positive parenting behaviors, attachment, empowerment and appropriate disciplinary practices which help with the physical, mental, emotional, social and intellectual development of their children.
3. Quality Early Childhood Education (0-8 years), composed of basic academics that are designed to prepare the child for school readiness, along with creative play, the arts, social emotional development and other possible programs to enhance a child's learning opportunities. There may be children in the family that are older than 8, however, the family must include children in the 0-8 year-old category.
4. Family Activities, programs that then bring the parent and child(ren) together for play, reading, and family-oriented activities in an effort to strengthen the family unit.
The Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation will accept only one request per organization per year. Organizations with a past-due follow-up (e.g. final report) from a previous grant may not apply.
For 2021 we are doing an RFP process by invitation only with our current 2020 grantees. However, if you feel that your organization fits into our Dual Gen/Strengthening the Family Unit guidelines, then please contact us via email and we will visit with you to learn more about your Dual Gen program and the possibility of applying.
Our second grant cycle for 2021 will begin on or before March 1, 2021, when current 2020 Strengthening the Family Unit grantees will be advised of selection to submit a full grant application, which will be due by 5:00 p.m. on March 31, 2021. Grant awards for the second round will be decided no later than May 31, 2021 for the 2021 Grant year. Payments will be processed according to their fiscal year starting in 2021.
|Invitation for Application Sent by||March 1, 2021|
|Application Due||March 31, 2021, 5 p.m.|
|Grant Notification by||May 31, 2021|
For more information, read the Frequently Asked Questions section of the website.
Click HERE to access the online process to complete requirements for grants.
With questions, please contact either:
Linda McDavitt, President/CEO
Melanie Cazier, Consultant
THE GENEVIEVE AND WARD ORSINGER FOUNDATION
Linda McDavitt, President/CEO
P.O. Box 90987
San Antonio, Texas 78209