The Greater Twin Cities United Way invites 501(c)(3) organizations who are or plan to deliver services in the 9-county metro area to submit Intent to Apply forms for the Strengthening the Safety Net RFP. Joining the previously separate Goal Areas of Empowering Healthy Lives and Stabilizing Families, the Strengthening the Safety Net RFP seeks to create paths out of poverty for individuals and families through providing housing stability, access to health care, food security, safety, and independent living. In addition to receiving a multi-year monetary grant, funded organizations will become part of the United Way community and its network of community leaders, experts, and other agencies all motivated to improve that quality of life for all community members. A concept paper offering a preview of the RFP is currently available here [opens PDF]. For the official Intent to Apply form and more information, please see the RFP Web page linked above. The official RFP will be released in June.
Over $15,000 will be awarded to middle or high school arts programs as part of the College Board’s Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. A single award of $5,000 will be given to a selected school in each of the 3 categories. Additionally, one of the three awardees will named the national winner and will receive an additional $2,500. The following categories recognize the achievements of member institutions promoting student creativity and learning in grades 6 through 12.
Equity Through Arts: To be awarded to a middle or high school arts program that successfully uses the arts to increase academic engagement among its underserved student population. Examples of engagement may include increased attendance rates, increased college access and participation, increased awareness of and preparation for professional arts opportunities, and increased graduation rates.
Arts Integration: To be given to a middle or high school arts program that is innovative in its approach to cross-curricular study, connecting arts-based learning to the ideas, themes, and content of other K6-12 curricula. This may involve investigation into non-arts classrooms, the incorporation of non-arts content or ideas in to an arts curriculum, or a method of collaborative or parallel study between two or more areas of content.
Civic Engagement/Professional Partnerships: To be given to a middle or high school arts program fostering community engagement through arts experiences. This may include collaborations between students and local arts professionals or nonprofits, the development of original projects or fundraisers in collaboration with local or national nonprofits, or another means of using the arts to increase community involvement among youth.
Eligible organizations are College Board member institutions or member districts serving grades 6 through 12. Eligible programs must have been in place for one year at minimum prior to the application date. Previous awardees are not eligible, but previous applicants, including semi-finalists and honorable mentions, are encouraged to reapply. For complete information, please see the Award Web page here. The deadline for applications is April 13.