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JAMS Foundation and National Association for Community Mediation: Community Mediation Mini Grant Program

Deadline: March 13, 2017

The JAMS Foundation and National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) are offering the Community Mediation Mini Grant Program. The purpose of this program is to fund the development and refinement of innovative and emerging community mediation center services which will address services for the elder population and care issues. These services should be able to be replicated by community mediators throughout the country as a path for sustainability and growth for the field of community mediation, as well as to inform the development of training, evidence-based strategies, policy, and research at the national level.

A community mediation center is an entity that works to achieve the following nine hallmarks of a community mediation center:

  1. A private non-profit or public agency or program thereof, with mediators, staff, and governing/advisory board representative of the diversity of the community served.
  2. The use of trained community volunteers as providers of mediation services. The practice of mediation is open to all persons.
  3. Providing direct access to the public through self-referral and striving to reduce barriers to service including physical, linguistic, cultural, programmatic, and economic.
  4. Providing service to clients regardless of their ability to pay.
  5. Providing service and hiring without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, disabilities, national origin, marital status, personal appearance, gender orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, or source of income.
  6. Providing a forum for dispute resolution at the earliest stage of conflict.
  7. Providing an alternative to the judicial system at any stag e of a conflict.
  8. Initiating, facilitating, and educating for collaborative community relationships to effect positive systemic change.
  9. Engaging in public awareness and educational activities about the values and practices of mediation.

Priority will be given to the following:

  • Projects that focus on developing conflict resolution skills that will assist aging/elder populations to address issues arising between them and caregivers (individuals or institutions). This focus incorporates Hallmark 3, Hallmark 4, Hallmark 6, and Hallmark 7.
  • Projects in which the aging population plays a significant or substantive role in the delivery of the process. This focus incorporates Hallmark 2.
  • Projects that arise from grassroots efforts, comprised of a strong base of diverse stakeholders, who are representative of their community of aging individuals and caregivers. This focus incorporates Hallmark 1, Hallmark 5, Hallmark 8, and Hallmark 9.

Amount: Grants of up to $12,000 for up to two years will be awarded to up to five organizations.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and public or for-profit agencies working in conjunction with nonprofit institutions or organizations.

Link: http://www.nafcm.org/news/326606/NAFCM–JAMS-Announce-4th-Community-Mediation-Mini-Grant-Program.htm

Note: There is a teleconference on Tuesday January 31, 2017 at 12:00 pm MST. To obtain the link for the conference, and register to attend, please send a notice of interest to NAFCM at admin@nafcm.org.

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