Evaluation Criteria & Process

 

Expansion Grants

The strongest proposals include those with the most compelling goals, a clear ability to achieve those goals, and eventual impacts that will be tangible and long lasting. If funded, proposals must also be ready to begin. MVYouth will invest in organizations that can turn their good ideas into reality and have the structure and systems to do so. Grants are generally not awarded to organizations that are supported by tax payers dollars or to sustain operating budgets. 

Prospective applicants must submit a Letter of Intent by October 1 stating the name, goals and approximate budget of the proposal. The Executive Director will determine whether proposals meet the funding criteria before the application process may begin. The application deadline for Part 1 is October 15. Each grant proposal will be reviewed by the Advisory Board. No more than five semifinalists will be identified and asked to complete Part 2 of the application. Interviews will be conducted with the Advisory Board. The Advisory Board will make their recommendations to the Board of Trustees for review and approval. The Trustees will ultimately determine the number of finalists and the size of each grant. Grant recipients will be announced in February. Outlined below are the evaluation criteria that will be used to assess each proposal.

LEADERSHIP

  • The mission is clearly articulated and made public. The organization has a good community reputation, its infrastructure is in place and consistent with its stated mission.
  • There is a qualified, dependable professional in place to oversee the organization and the proposal, as well as adequate, qualified staff with necessary expertise. The Organization is more than the work of one or two individuals.
  • The Board is appropriately sized with a diversity of skills and backgrounds. The Board provides direction, oversight and fiduciary responsibility to the organization.
  • The organization has an established track record of performance and a positive reputation and professional standing in the community.

PLAN

  • The need and timeliness for the proposal is clearly articulated and relevant to our community. The proposal does not duplicate existing services.
  • A timeline for successful completion of the proposal has been established. The scope of the project is reasonable and attainable during the identified timeframe.
  • The proposal is in line with MVYouth’s funding objectives.

FINANCES

  • The organization shows a pattern of fiscal solvency and good management as reflected in an audit or financial review.
  • The organization meets its operating budget through a variety of methods with proven regularity.
  • The proposal’s budget is clear, realistic and appropriate for the numbers served. Expenditures are reasonable and do not subsidize existing costs.
  • The Organization’s own constituencies are participating in underwriting the project.
  • There are financial projections that demonstrate the proposal will sustain itself after MVYouth's funding period is over.

IMPACT

  • The proposal clearly demonstrates the need for the project, expansion of programs or services, and addresses future membership or increased participation in terms of diversity or numbers served.
  • This project or program is designed to be fully accessible to the target population.
  • Project has attainable and manageable outcomes with long-lasting and meaningful community impacts. The proposal includes an impact measurement plan.

COLLABORATION

  • Project brings various organizations together for a common purpose. Effective, complimentary relationships with other Island agencies are incorporated to benefit the target group.
  • There is strong collaboration between the Organization’s Staff, Board, Donors, parents and participants. The proposal engages community support through outreach efforts.

SUSTAINABILITY

  • Leadership has provided a specific staffing and maintenance strategy to assure the proposal’s success and sustainability.
  • The proposal includes a financial plan to continue successfully funding the programs and/or services. Financial projections demonstrate the proposal is capable of sustaining itself after support from MVYouth ends.

READINESS

  • The need and timeliness of the proposal is clearly articulated. There is a well-constructed timeline for execution. The scope of the proposal is attainable in the proposed granting time period.
  • The proposal includes a plan to sustain the programs and/or services beyond the period of MVYouth’s support.
  • The proposal is ready to be executed. Funds from MVYouth will enable this proposal to begin this year. 

COLLEGE Scholarships

The application deadline for Part 1 is January 19. Each application will be reviewed and all competitive applicants informally interviewed by the Advisory Board. Using our evaluation tool, up to twelve semifinalists will be identified and asked to return for more formal interviews with representatives of the Board of Trustees. After receiving admission information in mid-April, semifinalists will submit Part 2 of the application. The Board of Trustees will ultimately determine the number and size of each scholarship. Scholarship recipients will be announced in late April, and formally awarded in June. Outlined below are the application elements that will be used to assess our criteria: Academics, Character and Service.

YEAR-ROUND RESIDENCE

  • Applicant is a year-round resident of Martha’s Vineyard.

TRANSCRIPTS & GRADES

  • Applicant has a transcript that demonstrates consistent enrollment in challenging coursework and a record of high performance.
  • Applicant has strong SAT scores.

CHARACTER

  • Applicant demonstrates noteworthy character, confidence and leadership.
  • Applicant demonstrates tenacity, will and ambition that has supported their ability to transcend challenging situations and personal obstacles.
  •  Applicant demonstrates creativity and innovation.

ACTIVITIES, EMPLOYMENT & COMMUNITY SERVICE

  •  Applicant demonstrates focused interest and proven achievement in extra-curricular activities in and out of school.
  • Applicant demonstrates a record of leadership.
  • Applicant demonstrates a record of employment that is indicative of their interests.
  • Applicant demonstrates a record of community service that is indicative of their interests.

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Teachers and community members report positively about the applicant.

FINANCIAL NEED

  • Financial need persists after Estimated Family Contributions (EFC) are calculated and institutional grants and other scholarships are offered.

Workforce Development Scholarships

The application deadline is May 5. Each application will be reviewed and all competitive applicants informally interviewed by the Workforce Development Advisory Board. Using our evaluation tool, two students  will be selected - one on the healthcare track and one on the construction trades track. The Board of Trustees will determine the size of each scholarship. Scholarship recipients will be announced in early June, and formally awarded at Class Night on June 16. Outlined below are the elements that will be used to assess our criteria: Academics, Character and Career Experience & Goals .

YEAR-ROUND RESIDENCE

  • Applicant is a year-round resident of Martha’s Vineyard.

TRANSCRIPTS & GRADES

  • Applicant has a transcript that demonstrates consistent academic and technical performance.
  • Applicant demonstrates a commitment to learning through enrollment in challenging courses and sustained focus in one Career Technical Education program.

CHARACTER

  • Applicant demonstrates perseverance, drive and conviction that has supported their ability to transcend challenging situations and personal obstacles.
  • Applicant demonstrates ambition through a coherent articulation of education and career goals; self-motivation and self-direction.
  • Applicant demonstrates a history and potential for success and a high degree of employability.

CAREER EXPERIENCE & GOALS

  • Applicant demonstrates a positive history of employment.
  • Applicant demonstrates a clear education & career plan that is logical, sequential and achievable.
  • Applicant demonstrates a clarity of purpose.

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Teachers and community members report positively about the applicant.

FINANCIAL NEED

  • Financial need exists.