Technical Assistance Providers Needed! – 2025 Grant Cycle

Technical Assistance Providers Needed!

In an effort to support grant applicants, the Baltimore Children & Youth Fund (BCYF) hosts public-facing activities designed to provide an opportunity for organizations to obtain technical advice prior to submitting an application and support with the application process. In preparation for the 2025 Grant Cycle, BCYF will provide Pre-Application Technical Assistance (PATA) to Baltimore-based youth-serving organizations and seeks experienced consultants to partner with the Grantmaking (GM) team to deliver PATA to prospective applicants.

 

Qualifications for this project include:

  • Prior experience providing technical assistance and accessibility of services;
  • Specific experience working with youth-serving and grassroots community organizations;
  • Knowledge and understanding of Baltimore City’s historical and current landscape;
  • Demonstration of alignment with the mission, vision, and values of BCYF; and
  • Track record of work grounded in Black liberation, racial justice, and intersectionality.

 

If you have any expertise in the identified areas outlined in the Technical Assistance Request – 2025 Grant Cycle, please send your cover letter and proposal to Hana Machover, Program Officer, at hmachover@bcyfund.org by noon on Monday, July 8, 2024. If you have any questions, please contact Hana Machover at the aforementioned email.

 

In an effort to support the needs of this project, multiple consultants may be considered based on areas of experience. Within your proposal, please identify the areas within the Scope of Work that you can confidently execute. 

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Baltimore Children and Youth Fund

Technical Assistance Request – 2025 Grant Cycle

Overview/Purpose

The Baltimore Children and Youth Fund (BCYF) seeks experienced consultants to provide Pre-Application Technical Assistance (PATA) to prospective applicants, youth-serving organizations in Baltimore, for the 2025 Grant Cycle. 

 

Technical Assistance at BCYF is the process of providing targeted support to people and organizations to develop specialized skills, access relevant resources, and strengthen their networks.

 

BCYF aims to shift the dynamics of grantmaking by empowering communities, uplifting youth voices, and strengthening grantee organizational capacity to ensure the delivery of equitable and effective programming to our youth. This challenges the traditional and historically harmful power dynamics of the philanthropic sector.

 

What are the goals and strategies for technical assistance?

All technical assistance programs at BCYF aim to increase agency for local changemakers by equipping them with the resources, networks, and skills to lead the development of their organizations and communities. 

The BCYF approach:

  • Connect with local changemakers. 
  • Nurture the capacity of leaders and organizations by eliminating access barriers. 
  • Amplifying the work of BCYF grantee partners. 
  • Foster a community that is rooted in abundance, joy, and collaboration.
Mission

Mission 

The Baltimore Children & Youth Fund builds partnerships that support the ecosystem-focused on opportunities for Baltimore youth by providing support to leaders and organizations.

 

What is the Ecosystem?

Using the term ecosystem reminds us that we find truth and knowledge in the patterns in the natural world that we can apply in social justice movements and liberatory practices.

 

The ecosystem we envision is an extraordinary interconnected web of physical, psychological, and energetic networks that envelop the vibrant lives of Baltimore’s youth, positively shaping their very existence – producing compassionate, resourceful, innovative, and productive humans. 

 

Who is in the Ecosystem?

  • Children & Youth
  • Families & Caregivers
  • Youth-serving organizations and programs
  • Schools
  • Government Agencies
  • Funders
  • Teaching Artists
  • Staff of Youth Programs
  • Youth and Adult Leaders 
  • Community Spaces (Libraries, Houses of Worship, Community Centers); 
  • Arts and Cultural Institutions; 
  • Advocacy Organizations
Vision

Vision 

We envision a more just, creative, and abundant Baltimore where all young people live, thrive, and lead.

 

We envision an ecosystem of sustainable youth programs with full agency, liberated from the harm of structural racism and inequity, and able to thrive in abundance.

Values

Values 

Ubuntu (n.) I am because of who we all are. Ubuntu is the Southern African philosophy that describes the interconnectedness of all people. It emphasizes the idea that an individual’s well-being is intricately tied to the well-being of the community. The philosophy promotes humanity, service, sharing, healing, and reconciliation.

 

In the West, we often greet each other by saying, “How are you doing?” The Maasai people of East Africa greet each other by asking, “How are the children?” This greeting represents the idea that the well-being of the children defines the well-being of the community.

 

Baltimore Children & Youth Fund aspires to help the whole city of Baltimore embrace and live out the worldview embodied in the Maasai greeting. We firmly believe that the well-being of our children should be a collective responsibility embraced by all.

 

Racial Justice

We honor and celebrate the cultural resources and assets within the Black and Brown communities in Baltimore City. We acknowledge their history and power. We work to address the role of philanthropy in dismantling structural racism by engaging in internal and external work centering Black and Brown wisdom in our approach.

 

Intergenerational Leadership

We include youth along with adults in all aspects of our work. Having different generations work together reflects how our entire community must work together to improve the quality of life in our city. 

 

Community Ownership

The community has equal, authentic decision-making power in distributing BCYF’s resources. Additionally, the organization must include a variety of people who are highly committed and accountable to the communities they serve. The aspiration to embody our values lies at the core of our organization’s mission. 

Scope of Work

The consultant(s) will work with the Grantmaking Team for approximately seven (7) months to plan and execute a process for application support that aligns with the mission, vision, and values of BCYF. Anticipated consultant activities and deliverables will include the following: 

  • Attend the internal PATA kick-off meeting;
  • Work with BCYF staff to finalize and execute the technical assistance plan and the timeline for pre-application support offerings between November 2024 – February 2025;
  • Participate in and help to facilitate the Grassroots Fund Kick-Off Webinar, to include a grantee panel and a review of the Grassroots Fund and important dates;
  • Deliver/facilitate four (4) IN-PERSON Launchpad sessions (16 total hours) *Consultant(s) must be available for ALL sessions;
  • Coordinate and provide up to one hundred (100) hours of 1:1 application support with both virtual and in-person offerings;
    • Fifty (50) hours will be reserved for initial application support sessions, while the remaining fifty (50) hours can be used to provide follow-up support if requested by the applicant.
  • Deliver/facilitate four (4) Webinar Sessions, topics listed in the PATA Session Calendar;
  • Attend virtual bi-weekly TA team meetings; and 
    • These will be scheduled as a team, once you are onboarded
  • Present a final report with summaries, highlights, key learnings, and recommendations.

Pre-Application Technical Assistance Session Calendar

 

It is required that consultants are available for all identified dates. Facilitators will be asked to arrive to each session 30-minutes to an hour before the designated start time.

 

Session

Date

Location

Internal PATA Kick-Off Meeting

Tuesday, July 23, 2024 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Zoom

Grassroots Fund Kick-Off Webinar

Thursday, November 21, 2024 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Zoom

Webinar: Application Information Session

Tuesday, December 3, 2024 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Zoom

Launchpad #1

Thursday, December 12, 2024 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

In-Person, Location TBD

Webinar: Mission, Vision, and Values Session

Wednesday, January 8, 2025 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Zoom 

Launchpad #2

Saturday, January 11, 2025 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

In-Person, Location TBD

Webinar: Budgeting and Required Documentation


This will be hosted by a member of our finance team, but we request that you attend.

Thursday, January 23, 2025 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


This time is subject to change.

Zoom

Launchpad #3

Monday, January 27, 2025 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

In-Person, Location TBD

Webinar: Scope of Work and Outcomes

Thursday, January 30, 2025 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Zoom 

Launchpad #4

Thursday, February 6, 2025 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

In-Person, Location TBD

To Apply

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your cover letter and proposal to Hana Machover, Program Officer, at hmachover@bcyfund.org by noon on July 8, 2024. If you have any questions, please contact Hana Machover at the aforementioned email.


In an effort to support the needs of this project, multiple consultants may be considered based on areas of experience. Within your proposal, please identify the areas within the Scope of Work that you can confidently execute.