LSAA Community Improvement Fund

Leadership Stockton Alumni Association

Community Improvement Fund Grants Program

A fund of the Community Foundation of San Joaquin

The Leadership Stockton Alumni Association (LSAA) is pleased to invite eligible organizations to submit letters of interest for grant funding from the LSAA Community Improvement Fund. Grants are available to fund projects and activities for nonprofit organizations based in San Joaquin County, providing direct services to people living in the City of Stockton, and directly align with this year’s area of focus: promoting Youth Sports.

YOUTH SPORTS

For purposes of this grant program, Youth Sports is defined as any sports activity that is practiced by children or adolescents (ages 5-17) and includes extracurricular activity (outside of the education system).

FUNDING FOR 2020

The LSAA Community Improvement Fund has committed a total of $5,000 for this grants program in 2020. The maximum grant amount an applicant may request under this program is $5,000, although applicants may request less than the maximum amount.

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

Those organizations receiving grant awards may be required to submit a final report, as well as a financial report, at the discretion of the LSAA.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Letters of interest will be accepted from the following type of organization:

  • Nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, classified as a public charity, not as a “private foundation” under section 509(a), and are designated a 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2) organization; and

Organizations must be located in San Joaquin County. Proposed projects or activities must directly benefit people living in the City of Stockton.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

In order to be considered for grant funding, letters of interest must be submitted online via this online grants portal by November 1, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time). Submissions will not be accepted after this deadline.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Letters of interest will be accepted from eligible organizations that propose projects or activities that directly align with the LSAA Community Improvement Fund’s area of focus: promoting Youth Sports. Within this area, preference in the review process will be given to funding projects or activities that demonstrate a commitment to:

SUSTAINABILITY
    • Having a lasting and measurable impact.
INNOVATION 
    • Programs where Fund’s resources have the potential for significant impact, or programs that are innovative and effective model with the potential for replication that can contribute to solutions to issues addressed by the Fund’s Field-of interest.
TARGET POPULATIONS
    • Serving underrepresented minorities, low-income individuals, and/or residents of rural areas.
MATCHING FUNDING
    • Leveraging matching funds on a dollar-for-dollar basis, through either in-cash or in-kind contributions, or a combination thereof.
PARTNERSHIPS
    • Working with other nonprofit organizations/local public agencies in the community to increase strategic impact
SELECTION PROCESS

Letter of Interest – The submission of a letter of interest is the initial step in seeking grant funding. The LSAA Advisory Committee will review qualifying letters of interest and determine whether a full grant proposal will be requested, or if the letter of interest will be denied.

Full Grant Proposals – Grant proposals will be evaluated by the LSAA Advisory Committee. Grant funding recommendations will be made by the LSAA Community Grants Committee. The Foundation’s Board of Directors will make final funding determinations.

SUBMISSION REVIEW TIMELINE

Below are the approximate review dates for submissions. Applicants will be contacted directly upon completion of the various stages of review. The Foundation will contact applicants by email.

  • Approximate Letter of Interest Review – Letters of interest will be reviewed and a determination made by November, 2019.
  • Approximate Grant Proposal Review – Those applicants invited to submit full grant proposals can expect a determination by February,
  • Approximate Award Announcement – Final grant awards will be announced by March 31,
  • Approximate Date Funds Available – Grant funding will be made available by April, 2020.
REQUEST FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

Requests for technical assistance with submitting your letter of interest through our online grants portal, including any questions about the grants program, must be submitted in writing by e-mail to assistant@cfosj.org with the subject line LSAA Grant Help.

ABOUT THE LSSA COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT FUND

The Leadership Stockton Alumni Association (LSAA) Community Improvement Fund was established in 2019 by the Leadership Stockton Alumni Association. The Fund’s purpose is to improve the quality of life for residents of San Joaquin County.