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Character Through Community

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits for
Programs Addressing Personal Character Development

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John Templeton Foundation - Character Virtue Development Department

LOI Date:

06/11/21

Deadline Date:

10/15/21

Description:

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations for programs addressing personal character development. Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent prior to a full application. Funding is intended for applicants to connect to pre-existing networks and communities to impact a large number of individuals. Proposals are invited from organizations that seek to strengthen their understanding and practice of character development through communities of practice.

Many non-profit organizations that exist today are focused on scaling innovative solutions to complex social problems. Scaling programs is an important and often effective way to increase research and impact, but bringing a program to scale offers unique challenges for organizations that are interested in character development. Successful character development depends upon a range of factors including the presence of close relationships with a trusted adult or mentor, a strong purpose, robust cultural norms, and the opportunity to practice and grow in character over time. Of course, organizations must also focus on their financial health as well. Developing and maturing these diverse program components takes time, staff investment, and financial resources. In brief, many character-focused organizations need to focus on strength before scale.

For the purposes of this funding competition, applicants should be connected to a pre-existing community or network (e.g., school or school network, summer camp network, out-of-school program, faith-based network) and should be able to demonstrate interest in the subject matter. The Foundation is most interested in communities that impact at least 1,000 individuals. The key stakeholders involved should plan to meet at regular intervals. Ideally, this would involve at least some in-person interaction, but the Foundation recognizes that in-person meetings are dependent upon the state of the pandemic and would be open to supporting virtual meetings. Finally, communities of practice in all settings, including both domestic and international, are encouraged to apply. Communities from the department’s key audiences – education, faith communities, parent/primary caregiver organizations, and organizations in the city of Philadelphia – are especially encouraged to apply.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 195131

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$15,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no “right amount” to request, but the reviewers do consider the “return on investment” as a key decisioning criterion. Generally, the Foundation does not plan to invite proposals that request funds less than $50,000 USD or more than $3 million USD.

Term of Contract:

The Foundation will provide funding for projects up to 36 months in duration for organizations with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. They can provide funding for projects up to 33 months in length for all other organizations.

All proposed projects should have an anticipated start date no earlier than July 1, 2022 and no later than December 1, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Anyone whose organization meets the criteria identified in the Character Through Community Request for Proposals is eligible. Proposals are welcomed from a wide range of organizations. The Foundation anticipates that a significant majority of the awardees will have a 501(c)(3) nonprofit status or an equivalent international nonprofit status.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
1. OFI Submission (March – June 2021): All OFIs must be submitted by June 11, 2021 for consideration.
2. Review (June – July 2021): All applications will be reviewed by internal Foundation staff and some will also go to a panel of external reviewers. Applicants will receive notification on the status of their OFI by July 30, 2021.
3. Full Proposal Submission (August – October 2021): Applicants who receive an invitation to submit a Full Proposal should expect to submit their Full Proposal by October 15, 2021. Applicants will receive notification on the status of their Full Proposal by June 10, 2022.

RFP Details and Instructions:
https://www.templeton.org/character-through-community-rfp-details-and-instructions

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:
https://portal.templeton.org/login?_ga=2.80149783.1072574024.1616662935-1036376879.1616662935

If you have additional questions, please contact characterRFP@templeton.org.

John Templeton Foundation
300 Conshohocken State Road, Suite 500
West Conshohocken, PA 19428
Phone: 610-941-2828
Fax: 610-825-1730

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