Hispanic Development Fund - Education Request for Proposal

Fund Description: 

The Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development fund believes that all Latino children should have access to a high quality education. Therefore, the Hispanic Development Fund is releasing a Request for Proposals that seeks to identify organizations, programs and/or projects designed to increase academic achievement as well as increase the college readiness, persistence and college graduation of Latino students in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Contact Person: 
Sachi De La Cruz, 816.268.3289 / info@hdfkc.org

Grant Description and Grant Range
Grant commitments are for one year only and will generally range from $5,000 – $25,000.

Grant Deadline
Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. CST.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization, school district, college or university.
  • Demonstrate majority of funding will benefit Latino families and/or children.
  • Demonstrate that two-thirds of the program beneficiaries are Latino families and/or children.
  • Program/projects must be focused on improving academic achievement.
  • Program/projects must be located in Kansas City’s five-county metropolitan area, which includes Clay, Jackson and Platte counties in Missouri, and Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas.
  • The Hispanic Development Fund seeks to replicate and take to scale programs/projects that can demonstrate meaningful progress towards improving academic achievement.
  • The Hispanic Development Fund seeks to support systemic changes that advance best practices and innovation in education. Funding will not be available to support individual schools, unless schools can demonstrate that the majority of their students are Latino by providing the corresponding statistic.
  • The Hispanic Development Fund seeks to support organizations, programs and/or projects that serve a majority of Latino students.
  • Programs/projects must:
    • Be based on and support best practices in the field
    • Leverage additional resources, including financial, human and other.

The following are a series of preferences used by the Hispanic Development Fund in evaluating programs/projects:

  • The ability to:
    • Increase the number of Latino students demonstrating improved academic achievement,
    • Increase the number of Latino students graduating from High School prepared for college or career,
    • Increase the number of Latino students entering and graduating from college,
    • Increase parental involvement and engagement of Latino parents in a culturally relevant manner,
    • Support for out-of-school programs that demonstrate a strong correlation between improving academic achievement in the classroom,
    • Support for programs/projects that provide high-quality ESL or Adult Education for Latino families,
    • Support for professional development programs/projects focused on Latino students as a means to improve academic achievement and/or increase number of Latino students entering and graduating from college.
    • Evidenced-based and have the ability to track results.
    • Can serve as a model and be replicated without an excessive amount of resources.
    • Past performance history of the organization in achieving results for the clients served.
    • Organizational capacity to undertake the proposed program/project.
    • Evidence of strong leadership within the organization behind the proposed program.
    • Evidence supporting collaborative partners for the proposed program.
    • Costs associated with the proposed program are justified by the results the program proposes to achieve for the individuals it serves.
    • The presence of other funding commitments for the program and evidence that it is a sustainable model.
    • Demonstrate representation of Latinos on Board of Directors (10%), within organizational leadership and pursues staff hiring practices/efforts that reflects increasing participation and engagement of the Latino community.

To be considered, an organization must submit an application by the deadline above. Upon receipt of application, due diligence will be completed by the Grants Committee and recommendations will then be made to the HDF Board for approval.

  • Due diligence may include:
    • Site visits to interview key staff, board members and key partners (collaborators and funders).
    • Confirmation of evidence-based models for the organizations programs/services.
    • Determination of past success of the organization’s results overall.
    • Review of full application including budget, sustainability plan, etc.

Applications will be reviewed by the Hispanic Development Fund’s Grants Committee which will determine those organizations to be recommended to the Hispanic Development Fund Board of Directors.

Application / IGAM Instructions
Please read the grant guidelines and application instructions in their entirety before you begin an application. If you have technical questions relating to iGAM, please contact grants@growyourgiving.org or call 816.627.3452.

  • First-time iGAM users will need to create a user name and password via the “New Applicant?” link on the iGAM homepage. Previous iGAM users may log in using their existing iGAM account credentials.
  • Users are encouraged to create a single username and password for their organization to be shared among staff.
  • If you have forgotten your password, use the “Forgot Password?” field to recover your password.
  • Save the iGAM homepage to your web browser in order to access and resume draft applications as well as to review previously submitted applications.

Important Dates

  • Friday, March 1, 2019: Application available online. Click HERE to access the online application.
  • Thursday, April 18, 2019: Applications must be completed online through IGAM and submitted by 5 p.m. CST on this date.
  • May to June 2019: HDF Grants Committee will make grant recommendations to the Board. Upon Board approval, all applicants will be notified of a decision via standard mail.