JAMS Foundation and the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM): Community Mediation Mini-Grant Program – Navigating Cultural DifferencesDeadline: June 13, 2016
The National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM), in partnership with the JAMS Foundation, is offering a Community Mediation Mini-Grant Program track called Navigating Cultural Differences. This program will support the development and refinement of innovative and emerging community mediation center services. This focus is on being a part of a preventive strategy to assist communities and community members to navigate cultural differences. 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.
The Mini-Grant program, anchored by the learning community (the Mini-Grant recipient working group), encourages creativity and variation based on research. Service models will be developed and locally implemented over a two-year period by Mini-Grant recipients (learning community). This learning community will serve as an incubator for innovation through structured ongoing peer contact facilitated by NAFCM aiding in the development of “good practices” and written materials that will be shared with community mediation centers and mediators around the country.
Awarded organization will use the grants as incentive funds to support the development or expansion of the proposed work. The applicants will comprise the grantees’ learning community focusing on services that support strengthening community mediation as part of the preventive strategy that can assist both individuals and communities in navigating cultural differences.
Amount: Grants for $12,000 a year will be awarded to up to five organizations.
Eligibility: Organizations located within the legal jurisdiction of the U.S., including: nonprofit 501(c) 3 organizations, educational institutions, and public agencies which meet, or are working toward meeting, NAFCM’s characteristics of a community mediation center:
- 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
- The use of trained community volunteers as providers of mediation services
- Providing direct access to the public through self-referral and striving to reduce barriers to service including physical, linguistic, cultural, programmatic, and economic
- Providing service to clients regardless of their ability to pay
- 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, and source of income
- Providing a forum for dispute resolution at the earliest stage of conflict
- Providing an alternative to the judicial system at any stage of a conflict
- Initiating, facilitating, and educating for collaborative community relationships to effect positive systemic change
- Engaging in public awareness and educational activities about the values and practices of mediation
Eligible organizations do not have to be a member of NAFCM to apply, but must become a member if awarded.