Revere CARES Mini-Grant Program Description and Application 2022
This year $20,000 is available for community members, youth, teachers, counselors, neighborhood groups, schools, and other organizations to submit proposals that promote healthy eating, active living, prevent substance use disorders, improve mental wellbeing, and engage young people in positive activities. Proposals should affect the entire community for years to come.

This year, we will also consider proposals for activities that promote connections among residents. This can include community-building events in neighborhoods or wards. Mini-grants to build relationships among neighbors may apply for up to $600 dollars.

Strong proposals will include one or more of the following:

1. Positive youth engagement and helping young people make healthy decisions, especially around not using drugs and alcohol, managing their mental wellbeing,  improving their skills at managing stress, exercise, and healthy eating.

2. An environmental change: means making improvements to a physical space in Revere to help people make healthy choices.

3. A systems change; changing the way an organization operates to promote healthy living.

4. A policy change; means improving or changing a rule to promote health
(Policy: “a law, regulation, procedure, administrative action, incentive, or voluntary practice of governments and other institutions.” Mass in Motion)

Examples of previously funded projects include:  

Seacoast High School - awarded $1,000 to expand an aquaponics lab for their Botany and Urban Growers class. The expansion coincided with their existing community garden, herb garden, and hydroponics lab, providing students with a comprehensive urban farming tool-kit. (System and environmental change)

Half Day Hoops Program: Awarded $1,605 to the Revere Police Department to offer free mini basketball clinics for middle and high school students. These mini-clinics will increase physical activity among youth and will help address substance abuse issues.
(Active living, prevention, and positive youth engagement)

Sidewalk Butlers for Cigarette Butts: Awarded $852 to the Revere Community Committee (through The Neighborhood Developers) to install five cigarette butlers in the Shirley Ave. business district. This environmental strategy is meant to promote cleanliness and increase mental wellbeing due to an environmental change in the Shirley Ave. neighborhood.
(Environmental change)

Improbable Players: Awarded $1615 to the Rumney Marsh Academy for a performance from Improbable Players. The show, presented by young actors who are in long-term recovery, incorporates dramatic performances and theatre workshops that help people recognize situations in their own lives and seek the help they need.
(Prevention activity encouraging positive decisions among youth)

Girls Empowerment Club: Awarded 770 dollars to students at Revere High School, to create a Girls Empowerment Club to help empower and build relationships among elementary and middle school girls.
(Positive youth engagement led by a young person)

Additional Guidelines:

Funds Available:
$20,000 is available for mini-grants. Applicants may apply for an amount between 1 to 5,000 dollars. Proposal for activities that promote connections among residents may apply for up to 600 dollars.

Proposed projects must take place in Revere, MA
Stipends and salaries will not be covered
Projects must be completed from February 2022 to December of 2022
Applicants may not apply for a project they have already been funded for in previous years; however a previously funded organization, group, or individual may apply with a new idea.
Previous year grantees must submit the End of Project Report by December 31, 2021 to be eligible for 2022 funding.

Workshop and Staff Consultation:
Revere CARES will host a virtual meeting on Tuesday, December 14 at 6:00 PM to review the grant and answer any questions. Link to the Zoom meeting will be sent a few days in advance.  To sign up for the virtual grant overview meeting fill out this form:
Interested members may also contact  Viviana Catano can be contacted for one-on-one assistance until January 14, 2022.

Contact Information:

Viviana Catano
Program and Communications Manager
Revere CARES Coalition                     

Important Dates Timeline
December 6, release date
December 14, 6:00 PM, Virtual Informational Workshop via Zoom
Until January 14, Guidance and assistance are available
January 21,  2022, at 11:59 pm: Applications due
February 18, 2022: Applicants are notified of the decision
By end of 2022: Projects completed and the final report due

Evaluation Criteria:
All proposals will be reviewed using a rubric that measures relevance to topic areas funded, whether projects address policy, system, environmental changes, number of people impacted, measures of success, capacity, and a reasonable budget.  
To view the review rubric visit this page:

The Mini-Grant Review Committee is a group of volunteers consisting of residents, community leaders, and other professionals working in the community who are part of the Revere CARES Coalition. The Review Committee commits to provide grant recipients with timely technical assistance, including feedback on measures of success and connections to other community members and organizations who might be potential partners.

We have put together a sample budget form. You can use this one or submit your own.

Grant recipients are invited to become members of the Revere CARES Coalition and attend future events. Your email will be added to the coalition and Revere on the Move lists so you can receive community updates.
Details on awarded projects such as amount and organization funded will be shared with the public via social media, press releases, reports, and may be included as examples in future requests for proposals.

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1. Please describe your proposal. Include the following: What is the rationale, purpose, or need for the project/activity/program? Who is your target population? How many youth/students/residents will your proposal impact? What do you hope to achieve? How will community members benefit from your proposal? *
2. Timeline: When will your project begin and end? Will it be a one-time event, several days, or ongoing? *
3. Is your proposal as inclusive as possible of all ethnicities, religions, and abilities? *
4. How will Revere or a school be different after your proposal is complete and the funding has ended? Consider the following: Will you have changed the physical environment, a policy, or the way things are done in Revere?  How will your project make it easier for everyone in Revere to be healthy, or feel connected? *
5. What persons/organizations will be involved and what will their roles be? Share how you will request support from school principals or administrators if needed. *
6. How will you know if your program is successful? Include the following:  What will you measure and how? What specifically will you report back to us at the end of the project? *
7. What problems or obstacles might make this project difficult? How do you plan to address them? *
8. How will you promote your efforts and show your results to others in the community? *
9. What is your plan after your proposal has been implemented to make sure that the project continues or is sustainable? *
10. If relevant, how will this proposal support youth in making positive decisions? *
11. If you are a youth applicant, provide your adult mentor or advisor’s name, title, email, and phone number:
12. Will you seek or use money from other sources to supplement your program? (Note: This will not affect your application, but it gives us a better picture of what your capacity will be). *
13. How much funding are you requesting? *
14. Did you email your budget? IMPORTANT: Please email a budget with an explanation of each expense and source to Viviana Catano at with the subject line as "Mini-Grant Budget/Proposal Title"      Your application will not be considered complete and will not be reviewed if you don’t submit a budget. *
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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