Heart of Florida United Way
Project Title: Heart of Florida United Way Youth Innovation Fund
SIF: Geographically-based with focus on low-income areas of Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties
in Central Florida -- addressing the Youth Development area
Grant Amount: $1 million per year, for five years - between 9/30/2012 and 3/31/2017 to fund sub-grantees between 7/1/2013 and 5/30/2018
Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) an existing grant-making institution, is a Community Impact United Way and is widely recognized for bringing community leaders and stakeholders together to help address the Central Florida community's most critical needs. Founded in 1939, HFUW is Central Florida's largest supporter of local health and human service programs. The mission of HFUW is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities.
Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) is currently a Corporation for National and Community Service sponsor for a nationally recognized demonstration project. In February of this year, U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced at a public Town Hall in Orlando, that the successful HFUW Interfaith School Turnaround Pilot has been selected as a demonstration site for the national initiative, "Together for Tomorrow." Heart of Florida United Way is also a member of the founding committee and is an initial investor in City Year Orlando, another Corporation for National and Community Service program.
The focus of the Social Innovation Fund aligns perfectly with Heart of Florida United Way's Investing in Results approach to addressing our most pressing challenges through the support of evidence-based prevention initiatives. HFUW distributed approximately $15 million last year to 95 health and human service programs, including $6.25 million in competitive grants awarded to prevention-based programs under Investing in Results. Another $8.42 million was distributed through HFUW administered programs, donor designations and state programs. HFUW touched the lives of 345,825 individuals -- from children to seniors, to those recovering from job loss or a family health crisis.
NEED: The economic decline has hit our region much harder than others in our state and across the country. Although some parts of the country are showing improvement, conditions in Central Florida, are a bit worse.
FOCUS: HFUW's proposed Youth Innovation Fund will focus on youth programs that will boost every child's chance for success in school, work and life -- specifically, in economically distressed areas. The project aligns with the Social Innovation Fund's 2012 priority of generating significant, measurable improvements in the economic well-being of individuals and families served by sub-grantees.
If funded, a separate RFP process will be announced, inviting applicants who provide programming that aligns with the initiative's key outcomes, goals and guidelines for youth, (K through middle school) residing in the targeted geographical area. The primary goals of the HFUW project are as follows:
Goal 1: The HFUW Youth Innovation Fund will create a K-to-3rd-grade continuum of solutions to result in 80% of the targeted children served, ages 5 to 9, will be proficient in reading by third grade.
Goal 2: The HFUW Youth Innovation Fund will support a united coalition of partner organizations to provide after-school and summer program services of personal/academic enrichment and empowerment, resulting in 80% of the targeted youth served will transition successfully to middle school.
The proposed HFUW RFP process will be based on the successful Investing in Results RFP process in place since 2009. The process is outlined in detail in the Program Design narrative.
HFUW has tremendous support from University of Central Florida (UCF), including Board and Investing in Results Council representation and UCF has committed to providing partnership initiatives that will strengthen Social Innovation activities in our targeted area.
MATCH SOURCES: The $1 million per year proposed funding will be matched in non-Federal, undesignated resources. Sources of cash on hand at the time of the application include new dollars raised through the Heart of Florida United Way annual campaign. HFUW will facilitate learning and improvement across the portfolio of sub-grantees to help them identify and achieve match requirements and sustainability.