JAMS, the nation’s premier provider of commercial dispute resolution services, established the non-profit JAMS Foundation to provide financial assistance for conflict resolution initiatives with national and international impact and to share its dispute resolution experience and expertise for the benefit of the public interest.
The JAMS Foundation / NAFCM Mini-Grant program provides financial support for the development of innovative and effective programs that can be replicated by community mediation centers nationwide and serve as a pathway to their sustainability and growth.
Each year, the Foundation and NAFCM will identify specific subject areas for grant funding from within the range of services offered by local and regional community mediation centers. Subject areas will be determined based on current research and feedback from local and national leaders in the field that identify otherwise unresolved issues and unmet needs in the communities they serve.
Once a target subject area has been determined, a detailed Request for Proposals (RFP) will be developed and posted on the NAFCM and JAMS Foundation websites and distributed through other appropriate venues. All community-based mediation programs and organizations are eligible to apply, but must be NAFCM members in order to receive grant funding. To register or for information regarding registration as a community mediation center, contact NAFCM at www.nafcm.org.
All grant inquires and proposals should be directed to NAFCM. Grant proposals submitted in response to an RFP will first be reviewed by NAFCM, with subsequent review and final approval by the JAMS Foundation Board based on recommendations from NAFCM and the Board’s own review of top-ranked proposals.
It is anticipated that for each designated subject area, 4-6 applicants will be selected to receive "mini-grants" of $12,000 to $15,000 per year for up to two years to support the development, refinement, or expansion of programming in that subject area.
Mini-grant recipients participate in working groups providing structured peer contact with other grant recipients for the duration of the grant period. Facilitated by NAFCM representatives, these working groups operate as a "learning community," providing participants with ongoing guidance and support, as well as opportunities to exchange information, explore challenges and promote best practices. Grantees are encouraged to develop programs that build on and incorporate shared lessons learned while remaining responsive to the unique needs of their own local communities.
Materials and resources developed through the Mini-Grant Program are made freely available to members of the community mediation field to ensure that insights gained through the program are shared as widely as possible.
The 2016 Program focuses on issues surrounding religious and cultural differences, providing community centers with new tools to help facilitate dialogue, mediate conflict, and encourage mutual understanding between individuals and groups from different backgrounds.
The following organizations were selected to receive grant funding in this area:
To view the 2016 Request for Proposals, click here.
To view the 2015 Request for Proposals (RFPs), click here.
To view the 2014 Request for Proposals, click here.
For additional information regarding the JAMS Foundation / NAFCM Mini-Grant program, contact:
D.G. Mawn, Mini-Grant Program Manager, NAFCM
David Brandon, Managing Director, JAMS Foundation
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