Region A Partnership for Children
Guiding Principles for Smart Start Funding Decisions for Activity Proposals
The Region A Partnership for Children supports the development and funding of Smart Start projects that create opportunities for success for children birth to five through programs in health, early education and family support and:
- Partner with families and community members in planning activities
- Are family centered and focused on quality
- Are carried out through comprehensive service coordination
- Meet families where they are physically, intellectually, socially, and emotionally
- Incorporate best practices supported by current research
- Are Evidenced Based or Evidenced Informed as defined and approved by the North Carolina Partnership for Children
- Create environments that support desired outcomes
- Are sensitive to race, culture, gender, individuals with disabilities and different kinds of family structures and
- That value the strength and independence of families
In ranking project proposals, the following questions will be considered by the Grants Review Committee and the Region A Partnership for Children Board of Directors:
- If this is a proposal for a continuing activity:
- How effective has the activity been in the past in meeting its stated outcomes?
- What is the demonstrated capacity of the Direct Service Provider (DSP) in effectively utilizing and reporting the expenditures of Smart Start funds in the past?
- How has the DSP worked with the community to ensure that the project is responsive to the changing dynamics of the early childhood community?
- Is this project considered Evidenced Based or Evidenced Informed?
- Is there additional research to show that this project has a potential for long-term positive outcomes for children and families?
- Does the logic model for the activity clearly define the strategies planned, linking them to community needs and outcomes?
- Are the outcomes for the project clearly stated based on community needs, circumstances and desired growth?
- Is this project likely to leverage other resources?
- Is it likely that ongoing funding for this project will be generated?
- Is a well defended budget included with the proposal?
- Does the DSP include a plan for the appropriate amount of in kind and matching funds?
- Does this project affect the larger system of care and services?
- Are other sources of funding unavailable to do this work?
Proposal Submissions: Request For Proposals
2015-2017 Grants Review Committee Members
Bruce Johnson is the Chair of the Committee and represents Haywood County
Theresa Waldroup represents Clay County
Tammy Fleischer represents Cherokee County
Larry Hinton represents Jackson County
Dorothy Crawford represents Macon County
Jerry McKinney represents Swain County
Ken Gomez represents the far western region