United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas (UWMD) is an existing grant-making organization and will serve as the intermediary for this funding opportunity. The READY (Reconnect, Empower, Accelerate, Dallas, Youth) Collaborative is a geographically-based Social Innovation Fund (SIF) model focused on preparing disconnected youth, ages 12-25, to become productive, financially stable, contributing members of our community. The project will operate in UWMD's service area, which encompasses Dallas, Collin, Rockwall, and southern Denton Counties in Dallas, Texas.
The READY Collaborative proposes to have impact in the following areas related to disconnected youth: (1) Decreasing dropout rates and improving educational achievement at middle and high school levels; (2) Preventing high risk behaviors that present barriers to success in school and life; (3) Completing effective post high school education, including college, professional certifications, or other career development training and (4) Securing jobs which provide economic self-sufficiency and have clearly defined career ladders.
UWMD will conduct an open, competitive process for nonprofits to apply for funding for the READY Collaborative. This process will be completed within a six-month time frame to attract a diverse pool of nonprofit organizations implementing programs that show at least preliminary levels of evidence in helping youth and young adults ages 12-25 become productive, financially stable, contributing members of our community. UWMD and the READY Collaborative will provide capacity building assistance and support further development of program and outcome evaluation of sub-grantees in order to improve the level of evidence and measure their program model's impact. The READY Collaborative plans to import research-based strategies into Dallas-based organizations in order to provide a coordinated system of services for disconnected youth provided by high-impact, high-performing organizations.
Key measurable outcome for capacity building of sub-grantees include: 75% of sub-grantees will show a 10% improvement in their organization's performance maturity score as measured by the change in organization assessment results; and 100% of sub-grantees will have completed a review of their data collection and management approaches, in light of their support for newly designed program goals and outcomes and will have begun implementation of revisions to their data collection and evaluation activities by the end of program year one.
The READY Collaborative requests a grant of $1,000,000 from the Corporation for National and Community Service each year for the next three to five years, depending on funding availability. UWMD will provide a 1:1 cash match based on federal funds received with sub-grantees also providing a 1:1 cash match for every dollar received. At the time of this application, UWMD has secured the 50% of the cash match ($500,000) requirement comprised of a donation of $100,000 from AT&T and $400,000 from UWMD's cash reserve operations, as unrestricted cash on hand.