OMI COMMUNITY ACTION GRANT 2016-2017

APPLICATIONS DUE: June 1, 2016 5:00pm


GOALS & DESCRIPTION

OMI Community Action Grants will provide up to $5,000 in funds to community based organizations and community members to identify a common vision around issues they feel greatly impact their community and families, then plan and take collective action to carry out this vision. The OMI Community Action Grants are intended to provide seed funding for new efforts that directly impact the OMI community and residents.

Types of Action Grants

1. Community Member-Led Action Grants: Community groups like CBO, faithbased organizations and others, partner with OMI residents and community members to collaborate in the design and implementation of projects (projects should engage youth, parents/guardians, seniors, families and other people living and working in the OMI).

2. Organization-Led Action Grants: Community groups partner with each other to design projects that benefit the broader OMI community. Funds are used to host community events, or for projects focused on improving community spaces like parks, commercial corridors and other historical/cultural landmarks. These projects are organization led, but require active community engagement and foster cross-cultural, intergenerational and interdisciplinary exchange.

All projects should result in:

● Community building opportunities (multi-lingual and intergenerational community gatherings that create opportunities for exchange at the neighborhood level, including, but not limited to fairs, planning meetings, neighborhood movie nights, etc.)

● Opportunities for collaboration and exchange between people living and working in the OMI and community-based groups such as neighborhood associations, merchant groups, faith-based groups, schools, libraries and/or organizations providing direct services to OMI residents

● Increased leadership among people living and working in the OMI

● Strengthening of the social, physical and cultural landscape of the OMI

● Increased community advocacy and civic engagement

● Increased collaboration and partnerships with neighborhood residents

FUNDING AND TIMELINE

Selected projects will receive up to $5,000 to cover project related expenses including supplies, translation, hiring of artists, contractors, and other professionals that can assist in the implementation of a project. All projects must be completed by June 30, 2017.

Funding for projects will be made available based on each projects timeline and needs. Projects may only be funded for a maximum of three (3) years. Each project may use up to three months for project planning to solidify their vision and action plan around the issue they identified. Each project may have different needs in terms of planning and/or implementation. All groups will receive technical assistance from San Francisco Parks Alliance. All grantees will be required to complete a training with the Parks Alliance.

WHO CAN APPLY? ▪ Community based groups working with OMI residents ▪ Community based groups working with other community based groups to carry out projects that will benefit the entire OMI community (festivals, gardens, etc…)

GRANT GUIDELINES  
▪ All community based groups (faith-based, neighborhood based, etc…) can submit up to two project ideas
▪ Funds should be directed toward projects that take place in and benefit the OMI
▪ All interested applicants are encouraged to attend an informational session before applying, to be held on Thursday May 12th from 6pm to 7pm at the Minnie and Lovie Ward Rec Center (650 Capitol Ave)
▪ At the informational session, if resident and/or CBO is not active member of OMICC, You will be connected with a steering committee member to shadow your project.  

If you are interested, you may reach out to the OMICC Steering Committee members about your application:
● Susan Curry, Minnie Lovie Recreation/SF Park & Recreation - susan.curry@sfgov.org or (415) 337-4710
● Theresa De Dios, YMCA, Stonestown - tdedios@ymcasf.org or 415- 242-7129
● Janice Ng, OMI FRC - jng@ymcasf.org or (415) 406-1373
● Bonnie Sherk, A Living Library - bonnieora@alivinglibrary.org or 415.206.9710
● Delia Fitzpatrick, Our Kids First - okfprogram@yahoo.com or (415) 585-1104
▪ All community based groups can collaborate on more than two project, but cannot submit more than two projects for consideration
● If groups are also applying for the Excelsior Action Grant, this will be taken into consideration in scoring of application.
▪ Project members should know each other and feel comfortable working together
▪ Each project should have a core group of project leaders (a minimum of four) and participating members (anywhere from five and more)
▪ Community based groups’ representatives may help finalize the project ideas, but these must come from community members, except for projects that are the result of collaboration between organizations
▪ This grant is not intended to support agency activities that are not proposed, developed, and implemented by community members
▪ Members of the project should commit to staying with the group during the project implementation. Some turnover is expected, but the group should stay relatively consistent for time that it takes to do the project.
▪ If your group or organization received at 2015-2016 OMI Action Grant, you must submit your final grant report before receiving funding for the new cycle.



OVERVIEW


This grant program creates opportunities for individuals living, working and participating in the everyday life of the Ocean View, Merced Heights and Ingleside (OMI) neighborhoods in San Francisco to join with neighbors and community organizations in the common goal of enriching the physical, social and cultural landscape of their community. The OMI Community Action Grant is the result of a collaboration between The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, The Office of Supervisor John Avalos, San Francisco Parks Alliance, and the OMI Community Collaborative (OMICC).

CONTACT US

If you are interested, you may reach out to the OMICC Steering Committee members about your application:
● Susan Curry, Minnie Lovie Recreation/SF Park & Recreation - susan.curry@sfgov.org or (415) 337-4710
● Theresa De Dios, YMCA, Stonestown - tdedios@ymcasf.org or 415- 242-7129
● Janice Ng, OMI FRC - jng@ymcasf.org or (415) 406-1373
● Bonnie Sherk, A Living Library - bonnieora@alivinglibrary.org or 415.206.9710
● Delia Fitzpatrick, Our Kids First - okfprogram@yahoo.com or (415) 585-1104