RFP

GRANT OPPORTUNITY SUMMARY

Purpose: Thrive Inc. will create and support a network of trained, connected partner organizations and individuals to develop innovative, equitable, and sustainable strategies that empower and equip caregivers to increase protective factors that promote adolescent optimal health and lead to a reduction in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and teen pregnancy in Oklahoma County. Through SPARK Innovation OKC, caregivers will be empowered to develop strong and healthy relationships with youth, fostering communication for generations to come. This will contribute to creating a culture where it is the norm for caregivers to have open and honest conversations about sexual health with the youth in their lives.

 

Grant length: January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022

 

Target Population to be Served: Caregivers, defined as parents or guardians (biological, adoptive, foster, grandparents, etc.); faith leaders and members; staff of youth- and family-serving community-based organizations; and other trusted adults in the lives of teens.

 

Award Amount: Up to six grants of $65,000 each will be awarded.

Project Time Requirement: In order to be successful in this project, we require a minimum of 10 hours per week per team member. Two members will be designated to participate in the project.

Project Design: Project teams will use human-centered design as the framework to create innovative projects for caregivers. Learn more about human-centered design here. Innovation means:

  • uniquely addressing a problem you are facing
  • anything that has not been previously created
  • anything that has not been previously used in Oklahoma County
  • using something that has already been created in a unique way
If you have any questions regarding the RFP or application, please email info@thriveokc.org
ABOUT SPARK INNOVATION OKC

Thrive Inc. received funding through the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Population Affairs to create and support a network of multidisciplinary organizations that will work together to produce innovative projects for caregivers of adolescents in Oklahoma County. The purpose of Spark Innovation OKC is to improve optimal health, prevent teen pregnancies and address sexually transmitted infections/diseases (STIs). To achieve this goal, Thrive and partner organizations are known as ‘The Network’ and will recruit and fund community organizations to develop innovative projects with the goal of addressing adolescent sexual health. Innovative projects must specifically be targeted for caregivers.

 

For the purposes of this grant, the term caregivers are defined as the following: parents or guardians (biological, adoptive, foster, grandparents, etc.), faith leaders and members, staff of youth- and family-serving community-based organizations (CBOs), and other trusted adults in the lives of teens.

PURPOSE OF THE RFP

The purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to solicit proposals from community organizations to receive funding to become part of an Innovation Cohort in Oklahoma County. Funded organizations will participate in a learning cohort focused on strategizing solutions around using caregivers to increase protective factors, which leads to a decline in STI rates and teen pregnancy. Organizations will be guided through a process of creating innovative, equitable, and sustainable strategies and projects that empower and equip caregivers to increase protective factors that promote adolescent optimal health and lead to a reduction in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and teen pregnancy in Oklahoma County. The Network will partner with recipient organizations to develop these strategies through a human-centered design process (described below). Applicants are NOT asked to describe a solution within their application; rather, we are looking for teams who have identified a problem within their community related to caregivers and adolescent sexual health and are open to learning and developing through the design process.

 

Awards will be approved for the time period of January 1 through December 31, 2022. A total of up to five awards may be distributed. Each funded organization will receive a budget of $65,000 for the twelve-month grant period. Thrive will work with each funded organization to create realistic and appropriate budgets for their projects. Grants are limited to organizations located and providing services in Oklahoma County. Multiple-year funding commitments may be awarded if the pilot project shows promise*. Funding for subsequent years is not guaranteed and will be based upon the Network’s review of progress and the availability of funds.

 

SPARK Innovation OKC is seeking organizations who will:

  • Identify a need in their community related to teen pregnancy and STI prevention and adolescent sexual health and well-being that can be addressed through strategies targeted toward caregivers;
  • Participate in a step-by-step intensive human-centered design process designed to help organizations develop, test, and evaluate innovative strategies to address the identified need;
  • Participate in training such as sexual health best practices, equity, trauma-informed caregiving and others to build capacity and knowledge;
  • Work with partners in the Network to share lessons learned and effective strategies to other communities.

 

*Protective factors are conditions or attributes in individuals, families, communities or society that increase the health and well-being of children and families. Examples include but are not limited to positive connections to supportive adults, healthy relationships, parental involvement and attitudes of supportive healthy behaviors, and coordinated adolescent and family-centered services.

WHAT IS HUMAN-CENTERED DESIGN?

Human-centered design (HCD) is a unique approach to solving complex problems. It requires the design team members to engage their community in the development of the project. HCD involves observing the identified problem and using tools to brainstorm with and gather feedback from the community to make improvements that contribute to the solution of the problem.

 

In traditional project development, the people designing the solution normally identify the problem, think of ways to address that problem, pick the best idea, implement and then get feedback on how the end-users (those experiencing the problem) of that product, program or services like it. Upon receiving feedback, they may adjust certain aspects of the solution to work better.

With a HCD approach, a challenge is identified, but instead of coming to the table with solutions, significant time and attention are given to understanding the end-user, what the challenge looks like and how it impacts them and their life. The problem is questioned and explored to ensure that those trying to find a solution really understand the need of the problem. After using HCD tools to understand the challenge and the end-user, multiple ideas are tested and iterated on a very small scale in order to gain more feedback and insight from end-users. After this process, the best idea that has been generated with the help and feedback of the end-user is implemented.

In this project, funded organizations will commit to participating in an intensive human-centered design process throughout the twelve-month funding period. Organizations will complete a human-centered design sprint that will aid in the development of their project and help utilize HCD best practices. These design sprints will be a facilitated and collaborative method to help projects go through the cycles of exploring, developing, testing, refining, evaluating and disseminating their project throughout the grant period. 

 

In addition to the HCD design sprints that will help develop the projects, organizations will receive capacity building and technical assistance from multiple partners in the Network including Thrive, Innovation Coaches, and Network Core organizations.

 

To aid in engaging end-users and in the dissemination of the innovative projects, funded organizations will participate in an Innovation and Impact Showcase designed to showcase projects and connect organizations to local funders to develop relationships for potential sustainability funding.

 

The Innovation and Impact Showcase will be an opportunity for funded organizations to participate in an event that highlights the organizations involved in the grant and gives an opportunity to reveal promising progress and insights gleaned from the design process.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTED ORGANIZATIONS

Organizations selected for funding will provide:

  1. Identification of a problem or need they want to address related to the role of caregivers in improving adolescent sexual health and demonstrated knowledge about the problem or need.
  2. Proof of access to the target population of caregivers and potential number served during the project period.
  3. Commitment to the common agenda and guiding principles of Thrive as outlined in the Momentum Matters Comprehensive Plan.

Common Agenda:
To reduce the teen birth rate in Oklahoma County by an additional 25% by 2025.

  1. Share the belief that we are stronger together.
  2. We are grounded in an equity framework and understand the needs of all young people are not the same.
  3. We are committed to an inclusive and judgement-free approach to adolescent health.
  4. We advocate to ensure public health and adolescent sexual health remain priorities for our community.
  5. We listen to and respect the voices of the community.
  6. We believe the best prevention approaches are inclusive, medically accurate, age-appropriate, comprehensive, and accessible.
  7. We are guided by data, research, and outcomes.
  8. We are committed to continuous communication that leads to learning and improvement.

Commitment to participating in an intensive human-centered design process concentrating on obtaining feedback from caregivers, focused on improving adolescent sexual health.

  1. Organizations will go through cycles of exploring, developing, testing, refining, evaluating and disseminating their interventions throughout the twelve-month grant period.
    • Organizations will be expected to test their interventions with their current caregiver population.
  2. Intervention materials must be medically accurate, trauma-informed, age-appropriate, inclusive, and culturally responsive. All materials must be reviewed by the Network before dissemination in the community.

Commitment to creating an innovative project for caregivers in Oklahoma County.
Innovation means:

  1. uniquely addressing a problem you are facing
  2. anything that has not been previously created
  3. anything that has not been previously used in Oklahoma County
  4. using something that has already been created in a unique way

 

Capacity and ability to meet expectations of the project including:

  1. Letter of support from the organization’s leadership stating commitment to project including allowing staff to dedicate 10 hours per week for project activities.
  2. Participation in an intensive human-centered design sprint, a process focused on guiding Cohorts in obtaining feedback from the target population of caregivers and strategizing solutions.
  3. Ability to work with Thrive to develop an appropriate budget for the organization’s project and to fiscally manage disbursed funds.
  4. Reporting requirements and project meetings include but are not limited to monthly reports, monthly check-in calls, and monthly team meetings.
  5. Project and evaluation activities include but are not limited to trainings, project development, implementation, and evaluation for a minimum of 10 hours per week per team member. Organizations must designate two team members to participate in the project.

Ability to continue the project and serve caregivers for multiple years if the initial pilot shows promise (additional funding may be available for future iterations of the project).

Organizations must be willing to:

  1. Be creative and think outside of the box! We are developing innovative strategies, so organizations should be willing to try new things.
  2. Actively engage in all training, project and evaluation activities.
  3. Make changes to project designs based on feedback from caregivers.
APPLICATION QUESTIONS

Applications will be submitted online no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 29th.

 

  1. Organization name and description. Specify your organization’s geographical service area. (Organizations must serve caregivers in Oklahoma County to be considered).
  2. Primary Grant Application contact (name, phone number, email, role in organization).
  3. Project Team Member #1 (name, phone number, email, role in organization). Team member must serve 10 hours per week on the project.
  4. Project Team Member #2 (name, phone number, email, role in organization). Team member must serve 10 hours per week on the project.
  5. Description of your organization’s services for caregivers of youth ages 12-19.
  6. How many caregivers do you have the capacity to serve during the project period? (A good way to figure this out is to base it on how many caregivers you served last year)
  7. Does your organization currently have teen pregnancy prevention, adolescent sexual health, or adolescent well-being services?
      a. If yes, please briefly describe your current services.
      b. If no, please briefly describe your current services and the impact on adolescents
  8. Please describe a problem or need in your community related to the role of caregivers in improving adolescent sexual health (I.e., teen pregnancy prevention and/or STI prevention) that you would like to develop an innovative strategy to address.
  9. Explain how an innovative project for caregivers designed to improve adolescent sexual health relates to your organization’s overall mission. Why is your organization passionate about this?
  10. What specific knowledge or resources does your organization already have to address this problem or need?
  11. How will your organization stay committed to the human-centered design process of developing new strategies, changing strategies, and pivoting multiple times?
  12. Please describe a time when your organization made changes to a project or strategy based on participant input and/or needs.
  13. Please describe your organizations capacity to manage grant funds. If your organization does not have the internal capacity to manage grant funds, please describe how you will manage the fiscal needs of this project.
  14. Primary Financial Contact (name, phone number, email, role in organization).
  15. Please attach a letter of support from your organization’s leadership stating commitment to the project including allowing staff to dedicate 10 hours per week for project activities. The letter must be signed by your organization’s top leadership (i.e. CEO, COO, Executive Director, etc.).
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

All applicants must provide services in Oklahoma County

  • Non-profit organizations (501c3 not required)
  • For-profit organizations
  • Faith-based organizations
  • State and local government agencies
  • Universities and colleges
  • Hospitals, clinics, and FQHCs
  • Community based organizations
  • Tribal government entities, organizations, and health centers
  • School districts
GRANT REVIEW PROCESS

To be considered, an application must be submitted online by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 29 according to the guidelines. An evaluation committee will review all applications that are consistent with the Network’s goals and meet the criteria listed above. The evaluation committee will consist of caregivers, youth, and professionals. The committee will utilize a scoring rubric based on the application criteria and application questions and score each application accordingly. Top scoring organizations will be invited to participate in a final interview with Thrive the week of December 6-December 10. Applicants will be notified of the final selection no later than Friday, December 17.

REPORTING

Grantees will be required to submit monthly reports and participate in evaluation activities that aid in capturing project activities, outcomes, lessons learned and performance measures. Additionally, a final report following the end of the funding period will be required. The full list of reporting requirements includes:

 

  • Monthly reports documenting weekly successes, key activities, pivots, and performance measures
  • A project work plan
  • A project evaluation plan
  • A final project report spanning the entire twelve-month period
  • Section and outcome level project data

*Reporting guidance and templates will be provided to each funded organization.

PROJECT TIMELINE AND EXPECTATIONS

It is an expectation that all grantees participate in the required trainings and meetings associated with SPARK Innovation OKC.

 

2022 SPARK Innovation OKC Calendar:

 

  • Design-Sprint Dates
  • Required Training Dates
  • 2022 SPARK Tank Showcase
  • Monthly meetings with Thrive

*We have done our absolute best to schedule out all required trainings and meetings so that organizations can plan their time appropriately. However, sometimes situations outside of our control may arise that cause dates to shift slightly. In that event, Thrive will provide a minimum of two weeks’ notice of the change to grantees.

BUDGET

Awards will be approved for the time period of January 1 through December 31, 2022. A total of up to five awards may be distributed. Each funded organization will receive a budget of $65,000 for the twelve-month grant period. No budget is required with application submission. However, organizations will be expected to utilize the majority of the grant funds for project development and implementation. Thrive will work with each funded organization to create realistic and appropriate budgets for their projects.

 

Grants are limited to organizations located and providing services in Oklahoma County. Multiple-year funding commitments may be awarded if the pilot project shows promise*. Funding for subsequent years is not guaranteed and will be based upon the Network’s review of progress and the availability of funds.

 

*Promising data may be different based on individual projects. The Network will work closely with each funded organization to develop appropriate project evaluation and determine what promising data means for their project.

 

This opportunity is made possible by Grant Number 1 TP2AH000067-01-00 from the HHS Office of Population Affairs.” Contents are solely the responsibility of Thrive, Inc. and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Department of Health and Human Services or the Office of Population Affairs.

 

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