Wednesday, July 18, 2012

RFP to YS Nonprfits for 2012-2013 Miller Fellows

Request for Proposals

The Miller Fellowship Program is a program of the Yellow Springs Community Foundation, funded by the Nolan J. and Richard D. Miller Endowment Fund.  Nolan Miller (d. 2006) was Associate Editor of The Antioch Review, a noted writing teacher and a beloved Antioch College professor.  His brother, Richard (d. 2007), was a highly regarded artist working in many different media.  The purpose of this fund is to support fellowships for Antioch College students who engage in service for the benefit of the Yellow Springs community. While a measure of priority will be given to serving the needs of the elderly in Yellow Springs, other public service institutions will be supported as well, in keeping with the basic premise of the endowment that it is meant to foster mutual respect between Antioch College and the whole of the Yellow Springs community.

The Yellow Springs Community Foundation will be accepting proposals from Yellow Springs non-profits that wish to place Miller Fellows in their organization.  In accordance with the Antioch College curriculum, for the 2012-2013 academic year, Miller Fellows will be available part-time for up to 10 hours per week during the three study quarters, and 30 – 40 hours per week during the work quarter.  The work quarter for first year students will be Spring 2013.  The work quarter for second year students will be Winter quarter 2013. 

Applications may be made for Fellows for the full study-work program (3 study quarters and one work quarter) or the study-only program (4 study quarters).  The maximum grant for the full work and study program will be $8100;  the maximum grant for the study program will be $4400.  Applicants should understand that Antioch students are required to spend one quarter each year in a full-time work setting.  This means that those organizations choosing the study-only program will have a substitution of their Miller Fellow at some time during the school year.  The timing of the substitution will depend on whether the Fellow is a first- or second-year student.

The Foundation will pay, through grants to the successful non-profits, the direct labor costs of the fellowships.  The hourly rate for Miller Fellows is $10/hour.  Overhead costs will be the responsibility of the non-profit organization.  The Foundation anticipates funding between 10 and 18 fellowships during the 2012-2013 academic year, depending on the mix of full study-work programs and study-only programs.

Proposal Process:

  • Due Date: August 17, 2012
  • Contents:                  
o                               Cover page
o                               Proposed tasks or duties to be undertaken by the fellows
o                               Educational goals of the tasks or duties
o                               Benefit to Yellow Springs community
o                               Number of fellows requested
o                               Indicate whether study-only program or study-work program is desired
o                               Statement of mission or charter of the organization
  • Length:         
o  The proposal should be no more than five (5) pages of text (not including the cover page). The proposal should state, succinctly, the job descriptions of the fellows, how the jobs benefit the student, and how the jobs benefit the community.
  • Evaluation criteria (of equal importance):          
o  Non-profits should have the fiscal structure to responsibly carryout payroll functions
o  Non-profits should have the ability to supervise and evaluate the fellows during their placement
o  Proposed tasks and duties of the fellows have educational content
o  Proposed tasks and duties of the fellows have benefit to the Yellow Springs community
·         Submit electronic proposals only to:
  • Evaluation period: August 18 – August 31, 2012
  • Anticipated announcement of awards: September 15, 2012
  • Distribution of funds:
o  Quarterly, beginning Fall, 2012
o  Unused funds will be deducted from the next quarter’s distribution

Copies of this RFP and the Cover Page can be found by clicking here.

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