The EECOI managers sent the Year 2 proposals in to the Russell Family Foundation (TRFF) for review earlier this week. While it’s still going to be a while before the final decisions are in, there are some interesting and encouraging numbers already.
Last year there were about a dozen different organizations that submitted proposals, of which about half were funded. (Some Strategy areas, like #3, for example, were still being assembled by TRFF and were unfunded across all the COIs until issues of standardization and messaging had been worked out.) It was the first year; nobody really knew how it was all going to come together.
For Year 2, on the other hand, we had almost two dozen organizations included as parties to the submitted proposals, either as lead or support agencies. The collaborative nature of this experiment is starting to come through as well, with a more interconnected series of proposals and a diversity of partners not seen in Year 1.
And, just as importantly perhaps, we have several proposals this year that include collaboration with another COI. The Just and Healthy Food System is part of specific requests for programs in Tacoma’s Hilltop area involving the environmental aspects of food and gardening. This is the kind of cooperation that is just the beginning of what we are going to be doing in the future…