The mission of the JAMS Foundation is to provide financial assistance for conflict resolution initiatives and share its dispute resolution experience and expertise for the benefit of the public interest.
To advance that mission, and in partnership with the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), the foundation has issued a Request for Proposal for the 2020 funding cycle of the ACR/JAMS Foundation Initiative for Students and Youth, which seeks to support conflict resolution education and training (CRE) for pre-K-12 students and youth. Funding may support both youth in pre-K through twelfth grade as well as adults working with these populations in ways that directly transfer CRE skills from adults to the youth populations. Projects may occur in community, schools, alternative education settings (online education, charter schools, afterschool programs), government facilities (juvenile justice facilities, courts), and NGO settings. While some proposals may include access to or the cooperation of traditional K-12 school districts/schools, the funding opportunity also is intended to provide potential financial support for CRE work in other contexts.
Funding awarded in 2020 is intended to support reductions in anti-social behavior in the school building as well as outside the schoolhouse (e.g. field trips, on the playground, etc.) and increases in the development of conflict resolution education skills that modify the normative culture and enhance the school climate.
Initiative priorities include evidenced-based program(s); projects that build on the current work of either the applicant or an applicant’s educational institution and specifically aim to integrate conflict resolution skills in a manner that educates youth (kindergarten through elementary school age) in a way that demonstrably changes youth attitudes and behavior; and projects with the potential to transform the school climate in each of the four following dimensions: school safety, social and civil learning, relationships among peers and with school personnel (respect for diversity), and school connectedness and engagement (bonding).
Grants of up to $40,000 will be awarded in the first year of a potential two-year funding cycle. Funding requests for the second year may be for no more than $20,000.
One- to three-page initial concept papers are due by January 6, 2020. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by May 15, 2020.
Eligible organizations include those designated as tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, educational institutions, and public agencies working in conjunction with nonprofit educational institutions or organizations.
See the JAMS Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.