Verizon Foundation/Verizon Wireless Hopeline Request for Proposal (RFP)

Grant Proposals are due by Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 5 p.m. EST

The Verizon Foundation and Verizon Wireless Hopeline are pleased to invite nonprofit agencies in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont to apply for financial grants for up to $10,000 that support Domestic Violence prevention solutions. A total of $250,000 will be distributed across all five states.

Applicants can apply for the grant online through the Verizon Foundation’s web site: www.verizonfoundation.org.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations.
  • Grants will be for $10,000 and will cover a one-year period – 9/1/11 – 8/31/12.
  • Applicants must be organizations whose programs benefit communities in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
  • All grant applications must be submitted through the Verizon Foundation’s web site: www.verizonfoundation.org using the “Competitive Grant – Domestic Violence” application.
  • All decisions on grant applications are within the sole discretion of the Verizon Foundation and are final.

Domestic Violence Solutions Awards:

The Verizon Foundation’s 2011 Domestic Violence prevention priorities include: engaging men in domestic violence awareness and prevention, mobilizing teens to engage in healthy relationships and in spreading domestic violence prevention and awareness through the sharing of the documentary, "Telling Amy's Story" available at www.telling.psu.edu

We are interested in making awards to programs that are able to do one or more of the following:

  • Engage men to take action to prevent domestic violence in the office, at home, or in other social situations
  • Educate teens on using new choices to create safe digital dating and healthy relationships
  • Use Telling Amy's Story to train individuals on domestic violence prevention and awareness
  • Provide technology and workforce development training for individuals participating domestic violence programs
  • Use technology to improve delivery of domestic violence prevention and awareness programs

Funding Restrictions:

  • These funds may not be used for any products, goods or services offered by Verizon or any of its affiliates.
  • These funds may not be used for capital renovations or furniture.
  • No administrative expenses or grant preparation fees may be included in the overall grant request.
  • No more than 20 percent of the grant may be used to purchase hardware or software.

Timeline/Review Process:

  • Proposals must be posted via the online application process no later than June 23, 2011, at 5 p.m. EST.
  • Verizon Foundation representatives will review all proposals.
  • Verizon Foundation reserves the right to determine funding levels based on the merits of the programs presented and available resources.
  • Verizon will notify recipients of grant decisions by August 15, 2011.

Grantees' Reporting Requirements:

As part of our measurement and evaluation module, applicants will be required to do a progress report at the end of the 12 months. Applicants will be asked to report on financial accountability, anticipated and unanticipated results based upon objectives, participant evaluation and feedback.

How to Apply:

The Verizon Foundation is 100 percent web-based – in order to promote technology and to more effectively serve the nonprofit community nationwide. Applications are only accepted online. For complete information about the Verizon Foundation, please visit our website at www.verizonfoundation.org

Verizon Foundation's website includes grant guidelines, a grant eligibility quiz, best-in-class models and a technology needs assessment section. We strongly suggest that each potential applicant thoroughly review the information contained in these web pages before submitting an application.

To reach our online application, please go www.verizonfoundation.org/login. Please enter the invitation code: 225TSSZNCV on the login page. This indicates you are applying for a 2011 Domestic Violence Solutions Awards and will ensure that your request reaches our Advisory Committee for review.

In our online application, be sure to select one of the following results as the focus of your proposal in Section 1 of the 'Proposal Intent' page:

  • Women, teens, or children at risk for abuse confirm they are able to use new choices or can demonstrate behaviors that reduce their risk
  • Men that take action to prevent domestic violence in the office, at home or in other social situations

Any questions regarding the application process may be directed to Sheila Poschman at sheila.poschman@verizon.com or 617-743-2497. Please note that if desired you may save drafts of the application before submittal. This will enable you to start and stop the application process to accommodate your own internal reviews and corrections before final submission. For technical support with the application, please go to www.verizonfoundation.org/support on our web site and follow the online directions for assistance.

In addition to an e-mail indicating receipt of submitted grant request, all applicants will receive a disposition notice when the grant decision is announced.

The target date to announce final grant decisions is August 15, 2011.

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About

Verizon Wireless HopeLine

This RFP enhances Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program. Exclusive to Verizon, HopeLine puts our technology and the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless network to work in communities by turning no-longer-used wireless phones into support for victims of domestic violence and helps protect the environment by disposing of wireless phones in an environmentally sound way.

Since HopeLine from Verizon’s national cell phone recycling and re-use program was launched in 2001, Verizon Wireless has:

  • Collected more than 8 million phones.
  • Awarded more than $10 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and organizations throughout the country.
  • Distributed more than 106,000 phones with more than 319 million minutes of free wireless service to be used by victims of domestic violence.
  • Properly disposed of nearly 1.7 million no-longer-used wireless phones in an environmentally sound way.
  • Kept more than 210 tons of electronic waste and batteries out of landfills.

For additional information on Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program, including store locations, visit www.verizonfoundation.org/hopeline. To download a postage-paid label, visit www.verizonfoundation.org/hopelinemailinglabel.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving more than 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 81,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About Verizon Foundation

The Verizon Foundation uses its technology, financial resources and partnerships to address critical social issues, with a focus on education and domestic violence prevention. In 2010, the foundation awarded nearly $67 million to nonprofit agencies in the U.S. and abroad. Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the nation’s largest employee volunteer programs, Verizon employees and retirees have volunteered nearly 6 million hours of community service since 2000. For more information on the Verizon Foundation, visit www.verizonfoundation.org.

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