Children’s Trust is currently seeking local partners to expand the Strengthening Families Program (SFP) in Berkeley and Charleston Counties. Qualified organizations must have strong capacity, site readiness and ability to implement evidence-based programs with fidelity. The organization should demonstrate a commitment to sustainability and have the ability to collect and disseminate data and outcomes information. Children’s Trust strives to bridge the gap between science and practice by helping to ensure that evidence-based programs are successfully replicated in the real world.

It is expected that partners will begin providing group SFP in February of 2019. Priority will be given to a strong organizations (as defined above) within the targeted county and secondarily to qualified organizations in contiguous counties. As the lead agency for these expansion grants, Children’s Trust will provide funds as available for this specific purpose from the S.C. Department of Social Services and The Duke Endowment using the group SFP curriculum for ages 6-11.

The Strengthening Families Program requires providers to complete pre-service training prior to implementation and offer group sessions throughout the year once funded. Technical assistance for implementation, including quality/fidelity assurance and evaluation, will be provided through Ahearn Greene Associates, LLC and Children’s Trust of South Carolina.

The following resources are available from Children’s Trust for selected providers:

  • Up to $75,000 per provider, per year for Strengthening Families Program implementation
  • Capacity building to implement high quality, evidence-based programs
  • Onsite coaching and support throughout program, including phone conferences, webinars and participation in the Children’s Trust SFP implementation network
  • Data collection support
  • Technical support to develop a sustainability plan, build community capacity and to seek resources to continue the program past start-up support
  • Coordination with state agency leaders to reduce barriers to implementation efforts

Application information

An application template and sample budget template are provided and should be used for all applications and include complete agency and contact information. The application should be no more than ten (10) total pages in length. Please follow the instructions on the template. Organizations that exceed the ten-page limit will not be considered.

Applications are due no later than 4:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Late applications will not be considered. Organizations interested in participating must submit an original version of the application with signature, as well as an electronic version via email.


Partnership eligibility

Children’s Trust is seeking non-profit organizations in South Carolina that have the capacity to graduate a minimum of 10 families per session cycle (14 weeks per cycle) and to deliver a minimum of two (2) cycles per year. Organizations are expected to graduate a minimum of 20 families per year. Participating families must have at least one child between the ages of 6 – 11 years old.

Organizations must have a commitment to the implementation of the Strengthening Families Program in a manner consistent with model fidelity. This program is an evidence-based curriculum. Success depends upon high levels of support, communication, coaching and participation of all involved parties. Please see the SFP Fidelity Benchmarks for essential fidelity elements. Note that some requirements of this grant may differ slightly in degree from the Benchmarks document.


Selection and scoring

Organizations will be assessed for their interest and commitment to participating in a proven curriculum for at-risk as well as typical families. The organization will support implementation of the curriculum with fidelity, will be committed to maintaining an adequate referral base, and will promote support for future sustainability. Organizations must strongly consider the high level of commitment and possible organizational change necessary for implementing the evidence-based Strengthening Families Program. The selection process will include site visits by the Strengthening Families Program coordinators and staff from other Children’s Trust partner organizations as needed.

A maximum of 100 points may be awarded to each proposal. Accepted proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • All parts of each section are included and addressed.
  • Descriptions and detail are clear, organized and understandable.
  • The applicant responds to the questions as asked in the Request for Partnership.
  • The applicant either possesses or lacks the capacity, as judged by the evaluation committee, to successfully complete the project within the proposed schedule. This judgment will be based upon factors such as leadership, demonstrated experience, fiscal accountability, maturity of organizational governance processes, capacity to deliver and qualified staff.

Points will be assigned for each item based on an applicant’s proposal and capability to meet or exceed proposed criteria.

  • Community Partnership – 20
  • Capacity to Deliver Program –  20
  • Organizational Structure and System Levels –  25
  • Management & Staff – 15
  • Resources – 15

100 points maximum


Important dates

  • Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 – Application available
  • Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 – Bidders Meeting (Charleston, SC) 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 – Application due by 4:30 p.m.
  • November 14-16, 2018 – Internal review of applications
  • Monday, Nov. 19, 2018 – Conference call to discuss applications and scores
  • Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 – Site visits with prospective agencies and community partners
  • Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 – Conference call to discuss site visits
  • Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 – Funding announcements
  • January 24 – 25, 2019 – Training for funded partners

For more information

Contact Sheri Caldwell