Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Register for Our Upcoming Webinar: Connections Project RFP


Heartland Alliance

Register for Our Upcoming Webinar: Connections Project RFP!

Team MeetingRFP – Connections Project: Expanding Employment and Economic Opportunity for Homeless Jobseekers

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015: 1:00 P.M. to 2:30 P.M. CST

This webinar will provide an overview of the Connections Project RFP application, process, and submission deadlines, as well as answer questions submitted by attendees. If you plan on submitting a Letter of Interest, we encourage you to attend this webinar and bring your questions!

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It is time to do something different – to take bold steps to seed innovation and collaboration among multiple systems in order to address the employment needs and interests of homeless jobseekers head on.

That's why we're excited to open the Request for Proposals process and get a chance to work with some of you through the Connections Project. The Connections Project is a three year, place-based, systems-level collaboration and capacity-building invitation to communities nationwide. The goal of the Connections Project is to increase employment and economic opportunity for homeless jobseekers through systems change.

The Connections Project Request for Proposals aims to identify, through a multi-phase competitive process, up to five Connections Project Sites that will plan, implement, and strengthen innovative systems collaboration ideas in order to meet the goal of increasing employment and economic opportunity for homeless jobseekers.

Selected Connections Project Sites may be awarded funding of up to $125,000 per Connections Project Award Site over the full project period, intensive technical assistance, and peer learning opportunities.

Have a question about the Connections Project? Ask it at
To learn more about the Connections Project and to apply, click here.


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Heartland Alliance's National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity focus on ensuring that everyone who wants to work has the tools and opportunities to do so. These initiatives are designed to address chronic unemployment though the capturing and dissemination of best practices, seeding of research on promising practices, field building activities and policy change. We are strategically aligned and frequently collaborate with thousands of employment, training and service providers, anti-poverty, workforce, reentry, and homelessness advocates, researchers, and government officials. 

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Applications Open for the CBMA Accelerator!

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Apply (or Nominate a Leader) to Become a Black Male Achievement Innovator!

As part of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement's official re-launch activities focused on building a beloved community for black men and boys, the Social Innovation Accelerator is launching its 2015 application process for the next cohort of Black Male Achievement (BMA) Innovators! 
A Black Male Achievement Innovator is a leader whose organization exemplifies the pursuit of high performance that leads to tangible results in improving the life outcomes of black men and boys and who has the passion and potential to increase his/her local and national leadership.

For the 2015-2016 cohort, the Accelerator is launching a national and local (Detroit) search:
  • NATIONAL search for leaders nationwide who are working to impact policy, advocacy, strategic communications/messaging, and research​
  • LOCAL search for leaders in Detroit conducting work in the areas of education, work, health, family, safety, and strategic communications/messaging  
    • Activities can include: direct service, advocacy (public policy, community organizing, etc.), providing funding, research, strategic communications/messaging, managing a network, etc
We are looking for organizations that have evidence of effectiveness, models on the verge of being scaled/spread, potential to affect systemic change, and aspirations to build regional/national reputation.
What BMA Innovators Get
As part of the cohort, BMA Innovators receive over $150,000 in services over 12 months, including one-on-one consulting and coaching to articulate their goals, strengthen their communications for fundraising and sustainability, and have opportunities to be showcased to funders. Alumni receive an additional 12 months of ongoing check-ins to track progress against goals.

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Informational Webinar #1
Feb 5, 12:30–1:30 pm EST
Hosted via ReadyTalk
To RSVP, please email

Informational Webinar #2
Feb 17, 12:30–1:30 pm EST
Hosted via ReadyTalk
To RSVP, please email 

Informational Webinar #3
Feb 25, 12:30–1:30 pm EST
Hosted via ReadyTalk
To RSVP, please email 

Please email Prathama Nabi at with any questions.

The Campaign for Black Male Achievement is a national membership network that seeks to ensure the growth, sustainability, and impact of leaders and organizations committed to improving the life outcomes of black men and boys through systemic change.

Youth Development Funding Opportunity in Topeka

The Topeka Community Foundation is pleased to issue a call for concept papers for our Youth Development initiative - which will fund collaborative programs/projects which teach useful skills and build self-confidence of young people ensuring capable, effective leaders for the next generation. We anticipate awarding grants of $15,000.00 or less to each awardee with final decisions made in late April. You can access the online application here: - or by going to our website at and clicking on the link there. The deadline for submitting your program/project idea is February 10, 2015.

Marsha Pope

Vice President

Topeka Community Foundation

5431 SW 29th Street

Topeka, KS  66614

p: 785-272-4804

f: 785-272-4644

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Proposed Child Support Rule Webinar Archive and Comments

"The New Proposed Child Support Rule: What It Means for Low-Income Fathers" webinar.

Check out the webinar archive or powerpoint presentation.

Additionally, if you plan to submit comments on the proposed rule, please click here for instructions and for language that you can use or adapt in developing your comments.

For questions or further information, contact Lewis Brown at

Thank you,


UWGT Grant Opportunity

Rent/Utility Assistance, and Prescription Assistance.


A Grant Information meeting will be held on Friday, January 23 from 4:00 to 5:00pm at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall at 404 Juniper Drive in Holton.

Cindy Rosebrook, Vice President of Community Impact with United Way, will be presenting information about the grants and will answer questions regarding the application forms and process. 

Please notify Cindy at if you plan to attend to ensure there are enough materials available.


Grant Requirements

Services must be provided to Jackson County residents in Jackson County – not to Jackson County residents seeking services in other counties. The maximum funding request is $7500 and the minimum is $2000. 

If applying in more than one area, an application must be completed for each area.  See the attached application packet for full details and requirements.

To apply for funding:

1.       Agencies should complete the application form electronically (no handwritten applications).

2.       Applications can be emailed to or faxed (785-273-2467) to United Way of Greater Topeka no later than 5 p.m. on February 6, 2015. 


Completed application must be received by UWGT no later than 5 p.m. on February 6, 2015.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for funding.


Please contact me with any questions that you may have and please forward this announcement to other programs and agencies as you deem appropriate.



Vice President of Community Impact

United Way of Greater Topeka

Phone:  785.581-0231  |  Fax: 785.273.2467

Cell: 785.249.2060

1315 SW Arrowhead Road, Topeka, KS  66604

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Webinar Recording: New Proposed Child Support Rule: What It Means for Low-Income Fathers

Below are links to the webinar recording archive as well as a PDF version of the compiled powerpoint. 

--Webinar Recording:

--Compiled PowerPoint:


Please send your questions, comments and feedback to:

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Topeka Point-in-Time Count 2015

For Immediate Release

January 13, 2015


Everybody Counts

Annual Point-In-Time Count Details Announced


TOPEKA, Kan. – Homelessness in Kansas and across the country is on the rise.  

In the past year, the Topeka Rescue Mission has seen record numbers of guests in the shelter with the biggest increase being in persons with mental health challenges.

Kansas schools have also seen large increases in homeless children and youth.


Now, more than ever, it is important for the City of Topeka to obtain the appropriate level of funding so that we can provide needed services to those experiencing homelessness and those at risk for homelessness.  To receive funding for programs, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires communities to complete a point-in-time count of the homeless every year.


This year's Point-In-Time Count will be held from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, January 28th.


"This is one of the important ways for Topeka to determine whether we are meeting the needs of persons experiencing homelessness," City Housing Services Director Corrie Wright said. 


The information gathered will help Topeka:

• Understand the face of homelessness within the community;

• Make sure services are meeting the needs of homeless persons;

• Raise public awareness about the issues surrounding homelessness; and

• Measure community progress towards preventing and ending homelessness.


Help us make sure that everyone is counted! 


Persons who are experiencing homelessness or know someone who is, please call 785-368-0168 between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. on January 28th, or drop by the Rescue Mission or Let's Help and complete a survey that day.  Interviewers will also be available from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on January 28, at the City's Holliday Building, 620 SE Madison, in the Holliday Conference Room.


Call the Community Resources Council, 785-233-1365, if you need a volunteer to come to you with a survey or to schedule an appointment for January 28th.


For more information, please contact G.R. Laughlin, Executive Director, Community Resources Council, 785-233-1365.


Suzie Gilbert

Communications & Marketing Director

City of Topeka

(785) 368-0991


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