Riz Kids Partners for Change

 

Grant Application

As part of the Riz Kids Partners for Change program, The Rizzo Family Foundation will provide financial support to non-profit organizations dedicated to supporting children and families in need of educational, physical, emotional, and/or financial assistance. Organizations receiving grants should enrich the lives of youth in Washington, D.C., through structured programs as outlined in their Application, following the guidelines in the “Application Process” below.

The Rizzo Family Foundation will award one-year grants to non-profit organizations that meet the eligibility requirements set forth below. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2024, The Rizzo Family Foundation intends to award at least $25,000. The Rizzo Family Foundation reserves the right to increase or decrease the pool of grant funding in its discretion.

Applications for the inaugural FY 2024 annual grant cycle will be due no later than April 15, 2024, and applicants will be notified of their award status by May 10, 2024.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To qualify for a grant, the applicant must:

  • Be a DC non-profit organization certified as tax exempt in accordance with criteria set forth by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Tax Code and granted an exemption from District of Columbia income and franchise taxes OR
  • Utilize grant funding for organizational operations, programs or projects that support youth-focused initiatives in the District of Columbia; and
  • Present a copy of an annual financial audit conducted by a certified a public accountant for the organization’s most recent fiscal year; or if the organization has not conducted an annual financial audit, a copy of the organization’s IRS Form 990 for the most recent tax year.

The Rizzo Family Foundation will not provide a grant to:

  • Individuals;
  • For-profit organizations;
  • Any organization that does not have IRS 501(c)(3) and DC tax exempt status;
  • Any organization that discriminates against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, physical handicap, or any other protected class under any state or federal anti-discrimination statutes or regulations;

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications are available on The Rizzo Family Foundation website at https://rizkids.com/rizkidspartnersforchange, The deadline for submitting grant applications for the inaugural FY 2024 annual funding cycle is April 15, 2024. Applications received after April 15 will not be considered. Applicants will be notified of their award status no later than May 10, 2024. Questions can be emailed to the foundation directly at rizkidsfoundation@gmail.com.

Grant Applications must include the following:

  • A description and brief history of the grant applicant;
  • An overview of the grant applicant’s mission, goals, objectives, activities and its targeted children or youth population in the District of Columbia;
  • A description of the program for which the grant is intended;
  • A copy of an active business license issued indicating an “active” business license at the time of application, and agreeing to maintain such status throughout the grant period;
  • Verification of the organization’s IRS 501(c)(3) and DC tax exempt status;
  • A copy of the organization’s audited financial statements for the organization’s most recent fiscal year; or if the organization does not have audited financials, a copy of IRS Form 990 for the most recent tax year;
  • List of grant applicant’s primary staff, board of directors, officers, and committee members.
  • Total budget for the organization and a proposed budget for use of the grant funds, including an explanation of how funds will be allocated to reach the objectives of the proposed grant; and
  • A description of the grant applicant’s strategy for monitoring and evaluating its success towards achieving stated goals and objectives.

TERMS OF AWARD

Amount of Award: Total grant funding for each annual funding cycle will be up to $25,000.

PLEASE NOTE: Depending on the number of grants awarded and the types and nature of the programs being funded, grantees may not receive the full amount of funding requested. Please be sure the organization’s project/program can proceed, even if the full grant amount requested is not received, as grantees will not be permitted to materially change the scope of the project/program being funded once the grant award is made.

Grant Period: The grant period for each grant is one-year from the date of award. Consecutive-year grants may be awarded upon re-application.

Award Letter: All applicants will be notified of their award status. Each successful grant applicant will receive an Award Letter confirming its selection by The Rizzo Family Foundation for a grant.

Grant Agreement: Each grant recipient must sign a Grant Agreement before receiving grant funds. The Agreement will include specific terms and conditions related to the award, including a requirement that the Grantee use the funds exclusively to provide, promote, foster, and support the programs and/or initiatives outlined in the Grant Application, which directly benefit children or youth residing in the District of Columbia.

Reports: Grantees will be required to submit a final report that includes:

  • A narrative summary of the activities related to the project or program supported by the grant, to include the number of youth that participated in and/or benefitted from the project/program;
  • A description of the tools and methods Grantee used to evaluate the success of the project/program in meeting the project/program goals and objectives and the results of such evaluation(s); and
  • A budget report showing budgeted expenditures for the program indicating how grant funds were spent/used.
  • The Rizzo Family Foundation reserves the right to request and review grant progress anytime throughout the term of the grant.