At the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, we know you have some amazing ideas for improving the lives of children in Pierce County! We’ve heard exceptional, innovative, and even wild concepts at our annual Symposium On Our Youngest Citizens and follow-up surveys for the past few years. With funding from South Sound Together, we’re excited to partner with you to bring these projects to life.
We encourage all interested community members to submit project proposals for the grant program to invite children’s presence, ideas, and wonder in neighborhoods across the county.
Following the Museum’s mission to “honor children and champion play” and vision that “communities embrace the power of play and value the contributions of children”, we seek to fund community action projects focused on developing a child-centered community. Successful projects will recognize and advocate for the needs and rights of children as citizens, increase the visibility of children as members of our communities, and/or positively influence systems that surround children and families.
Each group will develop and implement a specific project that will engage youth and children of our community - listen to their voices and inspire adults to reconnect with their own inner child. To carry out these projects, the Museum will disperse small grants up to $2,000.
To apply, please submit your application and line item budget form to Maddy Mixter at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 22, 2019: Please provide responses to the following prompts to the best of your ability. Limit your completed document to three pages, maintaining the 0.7" margins and 12 point font.
Please submit questions to Maddy Mixter at email@example.com by June 20, 2019, and submit applications by July 22, 2019.
Small grants will be awarded to successful projects that bring more play, in unexpected and new ways, into the lives of Pierce County children, and might engage their grown-ups in play as well.
Projects could address many of the spaces and interactions children experience throughout their days such as stores, restaurants, or other businesses; medical and social services; neighborhoods and parks; or childcare/schools.
Any Pierce County resident with a great idea for making our communities more child-centered and play-powered is eligible. You’ll also need at least two friends committed to helping with your plan. Individuals working together, non-profits, businesses, advocacy groups, neighborhood coalitions, service groups and more can apply. In fact, we hope to build a cohort of projects representing a broad range of interest groups.
Children eight and over are encouraged to apply, with an adult acting as the primary contact for the project. And, since children are the focus of this grant program, be sure to think about how children will be involved in the project planning process and engaged in implementation.
The sky’s the limit! But awards will be restricted to one per lead applicant. Although, if you’re a go-getter, you can participate in other projects, just not as the lead application.
We hope to award 4-6 grants up to $2,000 each. Applicants will receive communication on funding decisions the week of September 9, 2019.
The project must be intended to benefit the general public, rather than an individual, small group, club, or association. For example, funds may not be used for a private school’s or preschool’s play ground, unless it is accessible to the general public. Funding is project-focused and cannot be used for an organization’s general operating or capital campaign expenses. If used to support an event, it must be the launch of a longer-range program or effort intended to have ongoing elements. Grant funding will support expenses incurred from October 1, 2019 to March 1, 2020.
Submit your amazing ideas to us by July 22, 2019 at 5 p.m. We’ll be in touch if we have questions the week of July 6th. Funding decisions will be communicated the week of September 9, and we will announce awards publicly at our Power of Play Lunch on September 17, 2019. Projects will begin October 1, 2019 and wrap up by March 1, 2020. You’ll give us a project update December 1, 2019, and let us know how it all went in final reports in early March 2020.
As the third Scooter Grants: Powering Child-Centered Communities program group, you’ll light the way for others to follow. Each project will be profiled in the Spring 2020 Symposium On Our Youngest Citizens and shared on the Museum’s website. One or two of the projects will be highlighted at the Symposium to inspire others and launch the call for 2020 project proposals.
The Museum will run Washington State Patrol and National Sex Offender public website background checks on the primary contacts for each finalist.
Awardees will sign a contract agreeing to grant requirements, including a background check and an IRS form W-9. Finalists must be able to pass a Washington State Patrol and National Sex Offender background checks. The contract will commit awardees to delivering the project as described in the proposal, reporting expenses, submitting reports (including photos/videos) to document the project impact, and attending the spring 2020 Symposium On Our Youngest Citizens.
To have all your ducks in a row by the deadline, we recommend you email Maddy Mixter at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 20th and she’ll answer you ASAP. And, if your ducks are being unruly and you happen to have questions after June 20th, she’ll do her best to answer them up until noon on June 28, 2019.