Al Qasimi Foundation welcomes for Community Impact Grants Program
Al Qasimi Foundation welcomes for Community Impact Grants Program. The Al Qasimi Foundation believes in a people-centered approach to equipping the community to find creative, collaborative approaches that aid in the social, cultural, and economic development of Ras Al Khaimah. The Foundation also embraces the UAE’s vision for nurturing healthy, safe, and vibrant communities.
The Foundation established its Community Impact Grants to support and inspire local organizations and people through social innovation in order to develop or enhance local projects that will improve the quality of life for the community and emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. The grants seek to highlight the positive impact and measurable results individuals and organizations can make based on their intimate knowledge of the local community.
To support the growth and development of projects that offer more effective ways of serving people in the Ras Al Khaimah community, meet emerging community needs, and/or strengthen cornerstone organizations so they can deliver more fully on their missions.
Contribute to the overall development of Ras Al Khaimah.
Build community capacity and empower the community to take an active role in improving their quality of life.
Foster community involvement and participation.
Provide opportunities for government, semi-government, and social sector organizations (as well as passionate residents) to conduct applied research, pilot initiatives, or enhance community resources to create positive benefits and change for the Ras Al Khaimah community.
Encourage collaboration among organizations and residents and build a stronger sense of community.
Community Impact Grants Structure
Community Impact Grant awards can be used for programming, infrastructure, or capacity development initiatives. There are four levels of funding available depending on the applicant(s) involved and nature of the proposed project or initiative:
Individuals (up to 5,000 AED) – grants for individuals who have lived in Ras Al Khaimah for a minimum of two years to pilot projects, host events, or conduct other community-based activities.
Organizations (up to 10,000 AED) – grants for a single organization to pilot projects, initiatives, or programs that will enhance its ability to deliver on its mission and benefit key stakeholders.
Collaborations (up to 25,000 AED) – grants for two or more organizations to work together on a new shared project or initiative that will strengthen their working relationships and benefit their key stakeholders as well as the broader Ras Al Khaimah community.
Partnerships (up to 50,000 AED) – grants for two or more organizations to formally invest in a new shared project or initiative that builds on previous collaboration efforts and will benefit their key stakeholders as well as the broader Ras Al Khaimah community.
All projects or initiatives submitted for funding consideration, regardless of funding amount, must meet the following minimum criteria:
Seek to address a need or issue identified in the Ras Al Khaimah community;
Project leader has lived in Ras Al Khaimah for at least two years;
Project leader has been employed with the applicant organization for at least one year (relevant to Organization, Collaboration, and Partnership submissions);
Required project teams are comprised of diverse individuals and stakeholders that bring a range of talents and perspectives to the project;
Incorporate strong elements of community engagement into the proposed project or initiative;
No previous Community Impact Grant awards within the last two years.
Grant awards are competitive and based on merit. The Selection Committee will review all complete proposals received by stated deadlines to identify finalists to invite for an in-person interview. Factors considered during the selection process include alignment to the Strategic Impact Areas, need or opportunity the proposal will address, feasibility and anticipated outcomes, and community engagement.
Once all interviews are complete the Selection Committee will make a final recommendation and choose the Community Impact Grant recipients based on available budget. The proposals chosen for funding represent the innovative ideas that align best with the Foundation’s overall mission and embody a strong Asset Based Community Development approach.
Applicants can generally expect to receive a formal decision on the status of their proposal within four (4) weeks of the submission deadlines.
For more information, visit http://www.alqasimifoundation.com/en/what-we-do-l3/139/community-impact-grants