The Marquette Breakfast Rotary Club has started a new grant funding program designed to partner with local organizations that may have an interest in international projects. They plan to issue a request for proposals (RFP) in August with a due date October 1, 2017. The intent is to pool together small funding “chunks” to support specific international initiatives that are likely to empower at-risk communities in the developing world. That RFP will ask applicants to describe their proposed project and address 7 screening criteria we will use to identify the best projects for further consideration. Those criteria will be:
- The number of people potentially impacted by the proposed international project.
- Connections the applicant has with former international exchange students and/or service organizations in the project area that could provide on-the-ground oversite and assistance.
- The amount of matching-funds and/or funding partners identified that can add to the grant we award.
- The potential return on investment in terms of long-term, capacity-building relationships among the targeted area and population.
- Any innovative and/or transformative qualities associated with the project.
- The percent of grant funding devoted to the actual cause rather than overhead.
- The extent to which the project supports at-risk communities of interest (e.g., women, youth, and minorities).
40 Below members are encouraged to submit a proposal when the RFP is sent next month. As there are already a couple of inquiries received from overseas, Marquette Breakfast Rotary representatives would be glad to provide more information or review project ideas in advance of our issuing the formal RFP in August. Members can contact Jim Cantrill, Co-Chair of the Breakfast Rotary International Committee, directly at (906) 869-1257 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org directly with any questions or ideas.