NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS!
Deadline for Submissions:
Sunday October 7, 2018 at Midnight EST
Eligible applicants may be any community-based entity that serves families (e.g. nonprofit, faith- based organization, reentry facility, school, military installation, etc.) in the following states
Organizations that serve communities in other states considered to be part of the Southeastern U.S. are not eligible.
National Fatherhood Initiative® (NFI) seeks applications from organizations that want to partner with NFI to expand the evidence-based 24/7 Dad® program within the community or communities they serve in select Southeastern states. NFI seeks applications from organizations that:
1. Currently use the 24/7 Dad® program and that want to serve more dads with it, and
2. Do not currently use the 24/7 Dad® program and that want to implement it for the first time.
NFI’s mission is to transform organizations and communities by equipping them to intentionally and proactively engage fathers in their children’s lives. NFI builds the capacity of community-based organizations that seek to begin or enhance fatherhood programs to benefit fathers, families, and especially children in their communities.
Our services build capacity through father-friendly assessments, skills training, technical assistance, strategic planning, and community mobilization around fatherhood. A vital aspect of this capacity- building effort has been the expansion of NFI’s evidence-based 24/7 Dad® program, such that the program has become the most widely used fathering program in the country among community-based organizations.
Independent third-party evaluations have shown the 24/7 Dad® program increases three assets, in diverse racial and geographic populations, that are critical to effective fathering:
1. Increased awareness and knowledge in how to be a good father,
2. Development of self-efficacy in the skills that mark a good father, and
3. A high-quality relationship with the mother of a father’s children (i.e. a good co- parenting relationship).
As a result of the 24/7 Dad® program’s popularity and effectiveness, NFI has acquired funding to expand the use of the program in select Southeastern states.
Opportunity for Organizations
NFI will equip select community-based organizations in this part of the country to run the 24/7 Dad® program. (Refer to the Eligibility section that follows for a list of the states in which organizations must operate.)
NFI will use this funding to train 60 facilitators (staff and/or volunteers) from a maximum of 30 organizations to facilitate the 24/7 Dad® program. NFI will provide the selected organizations
with free training and material resources to effectively run the 24/7 Dad® program (i.e. curriculum kits, fathering handbooks, additional web-based training, and support materials) to a mix of organizations that either:
NFI will not provide funds to hire staff, pay stipends to volunteers, or for use in acquiring or using other resources to run the program (e.g. a facility in which to facilitate groups).
To equip the selected organizations to run the 24/7 Dad® program, NFI will:
Applicants in these states must have the following capacities and abilities.
Applications are due to NFI by Midnight Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, October 7, 2018.
Selection Process and Emphasis
After receipt and review of applications to determine whether organizations are eligible for selection, NFI staff will:
In selecting organizations to participate, NFI will seek a balance between organizations currently using and not using the program. Nevertheless, we will place an emphasis on selecting those with applications, regardless of current program use, that most convincingly show the organization has:
In determining your organization’s ability and capacity to meet the two deadlines above, keep in mind that selected organizations will have 10 months after selection to launch their plan to expand or implement the program (e.g. recruit dads to participate and, if necessary, hire additional facilitators) before the deadline to serve at least 30 dads, and, at a minimum, 8 and 1/2 months to serve at least 30 dads by the January 1 deadline to start groups.
Please note that NFI will not inform organizations not selected to partner in this endeavor of the reason they were not selected (i.e. application deemed ineligible or not as strong as those of selected organizations).
If you have any questions about this RFA, please email NFI Program Implementation Specialist Ave Mulhern at firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not email questions to anyone else on NFI’s staff. To ensure the best chance of a same-day response, the ideal time to email your questions is Monday – Friday between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.
If you have read and agree to all of the above, and are in an eligible state, we welcome your application for the 24/7 Dad® Expansion Project.