2019 Request for Proposals from Family Support Organizations

Proposals Are Due May 15, 2019

At the December meeting of the Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation, the trustees agreed to extend our request for proposals to the core human services providers identified three years ago. We will extend the grants program to strengthen existing programs serving families with young children for three more years starting August 1, 2019 and extending to 2021.

The trustees have sequestered $600,000 in 2019 for this initiative, and the eleven invited organizations will be asked to keep that funding cap in mind as they prepare to submit their applications by June of 2019 (for the year 2019-2020). The specific amount of money awarded your organization will, as always, depend on the quality of your competitive application, your alignment with Castle Foundation goals and strategies, and the depth of your reporting outcomes each year. In general, we are less interested in new programs than we are in supporting proven continuing programs that are serving families with young children well.

Our Foundation, one of America’s oldest, is primarily an early education funder and is a leader in preschool teacher training. We continue to pursue the goal of having every child in Hawaii served by either a voluntary private or high-quality public preschool. We certainly realize the needs of the whole child and therefore are renewing and expanding our financial commitment to those outstanding non-profits serving the wellbeing of children and families.

As always, we will expect annual reports on what your organization has accomplished with the additional funds awarded to you. We encourage strong outcomes assessments and detailed reporting on who benefited from your successful programs and what the consequences were for children. We especially want to know what our funding meant to the low-income families and children you serve.

Your next application date for Year Four of our child wellbeing initiative is May 15, 2019. The trustees will meet in July of 2019 to consider your request.

Our Foundation continues to be open seven days a week to serve you. As such, I invite your questions and comments either by email or by phone. We hope that this renewed partnership is helpful to your planning as you look ahead to the next three years.


How to Apply

The trustees have set aside $600,000 in 2019 (about 20% of our grant making budget) for the above purpose. If your tax exempt non-profit would like to compete for these funds with an application by May 15, 2019 we require the following items:

  1. A descriptive cover letter signed by your organization’s Board Chair and the CEO.
  2. A brief executive summary of your organization’s history and current proposal.
  3. A full description of the mix of programming that you believe strengthens families and prepares children to succeed in preschool and beyond. Please include a copy of your current operating budget.
  4. A description of how your existing programs are evaluated and benchmarked by your staff or external evaluators.
  5. A description, if applicable, of your plans to expand or retract existing programs for the rest of 2019.
  6. A copy of your tax exempt letter and a copy of your most recent financial audit.
  7. A final report is due in 12 months from receipt of your operating grant check. We want to hear how or if additional unrestricted operating support for your work with young families with children (ages 0-5 especially), made a difference and where you still need assistance. We also need to see how you are or will assess the effectiveness of the programs we are supporting. What method (s) will you use to determine real outcomes and changes? We want evidence of real impact for vulnerable families.
  8. In your application, make sure to include a strong concluding section in which you answer the following:
    1. What are the anticipated short and long term measurable outcomes that would be achieved by this grant? If the grant you are proposing is intended to strengthen existing programs make sure you tell us what the difference our grant would make in the measurable impact of your existing programs (e.g. more people being served in more locations, etc.)
    2. What is your organization’s evaluation process? How do you plan to track and measure the effectiveness of your project? For example, will you use intake sheets, participation checklists, pre/post surveys, client questionnaires, follow-up surveys, input from the community, staff assessments, etc.? You may have other methods and we would like to know what those methods are.
    3. How will the evaluation results be used to inform future programming and allocation of resources? If the family programs you are proposing are already underway, let us know how you have evaluated them. If they are new, let us know what your plans in the future are to evaluate them?

The Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation is open seven days a week and is here to serve you to the best of our ability. Please contact the Executive Director, Alfred L Castle should you have any questions. All applications must be received by May 15, 2019 to be considered at our summer trustee meeting. Early submissions are encouraged.

This request for proposals is by invitation only

Please note that this Request for Proposals is limited to carefully chosen applicants which we believe have a proven record of outstanding family support. This is the fourth year of the pilot project (2019). We will evaluate the impact of all operating support grants we make to determine the future direction of general family support for our Foundation.

  • YMCA – Oahu
  • YWCA of Hawaii Island
  • Child and Family Service
  • Salvation Army
  • Helping Hands Hawaii
  • Partners in Development
  • Catholic Charities
  • Family Support Hawaii
  • Maui Family Support Services
  • Imua Family Services
  • PACT (Parents and Children Together)