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Evaluation Criteria 

We believe in fostering transparency and equipping our grant applicants with the knowledge they need for success. On this page, we provide an overview of the criteria we employ to assess applications. Understanding what we look for in proposals can help you present your vision, dedication, and potential impact in the most compelling manner, as well as empower you with the tools to align your proposal effectively with our mission and values. We are excited to explore the unique initiatives you bring forth and look forward to partnering with organizations dedicated to building camp experiences of belonging and connections for the LGBTQ+ community.

Overall Application Strength
We evaluate the overall quality and strength of the application, considering how well it communicates the potential impact of the program on LGBTQ+ youth and their families. We recognize and value applicants who go above and beyond the minimum requirements, showcasing their dedication and potential for innovative and impactful initiatives. A clear, comprehensive, and compelling narrative, along with well-defined goals and objectives, are key indicators of a strong application.


Strength of Alignment with PBF's Mission & Values
We assess the degree to which the program aligns with the mission and values of the Pony Barnes Foundation. The program should not only be consistent with our organization's broader goals but also contribute to furthering them in significant ways.  Applicants should draw clear parallels between their program objectives and PBF’s mission, values, and strategic plan. 


We evaluate the potential impact of the program on LGBTQ+ youth and their families. The reach of the program and its ability to create positive and lasting change for a large number of LGBTQ+ individuals are crucial considerations. We also look for evidence of sustained impact, indicating a well-designed program with long-term effectiveness and engagement.


Organizational Capacity & Experience

We focus on the applicant's organizational capacity and experience in successfully managing similar programs. Demonstrated ability to allocate staff and time resources effectively and provide ongoing reporting on program outcomes are essential attributes of strong applicants.


We consider the applicant organization's background and history, especially its experience, expertise, and knowledge in working with LGBTQ+ youth and their families. Highlighting previous work and achievements demonstrates a commitment to serving the LGBTQ+ community and addressing their unique needs.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We evaluate the applicant's understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) principles and their plan to implement a DEI framework within their programming and camp community at-large. A detailed commitment to create an inclusive and affirming environment for LGBTQ+ youth and their families is an important aspect of a strong application.


Finally, we evaluate how well the applicant articulates the importance of addressing the specific gaps or challenges faced by LGBTQ+ youth and their families at camp. Providing relevant data, research findings, or community assessments can strengthen the application and showcase the applicant's knowledge of the existing challenges. Applicants should clearly articulate why their initiative is crucial at this particular time and how it will make a significant difference in improving the well-being or experiences of LGBTQ+ youth and their families at their camp.

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