Children's Services Council


Great Ideas Initiative - 2019

For the fourth year, Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County has released funds so local nonprofits can launch their great ideas on behalf of the county’s children and families. By targeting local nonprofits with operating budgets of less than $1 million that are working in partnership with local communities to achieve mutually agreed upon goals and aspirations, these funds encourage agencies to:

  • Develop creative approaches to solve a problem, manage change or deliver innovation
  • Improve/expand upon an existing project that addresses a community's wants or needs
  • Inspire young people to pursue their passions, truest intentions or daring ideas
  • Fuel innovative partnerships that help families leverage community resources
  • Build their own capacity to strengthen or expand their community footprint

To see the list of 2019 Great Ideas Initiative Awardees, please click here

Awardees are required to complete and submit the 2019 Great Ideas Initiative Project Completion Report and Financial Reconciliation Statement by October 15, 2020.

2019 Great Ideas Initiative Financial Reconciliation Statement

2019 Great Ideas Initiative Project Completion Report


Great Ideas Initiative Capacity Building Pipeline - 2019


Children’s Services Council is pleased to announce a new opportunity to provide additional grant funding to eligible 2017 and 2018 Great Ideas Initiative (GII) awardees who are still successfully operating their funded programs/services. The purpose of the Great Ideas Initiative Capacity Building Pipeline (GII CBP) is to provide resources and opportunities for select GII awardees to improve and enhance their ability to deliver their mission now, and in the future.  This initiative will be an investment in the effectiveness and future sustainability of select nonprofit organizations.

The GII CBP grant is designed to assist organizations interested in building their capacity by enlarging the organization’s footprint or ability to more effectively and efficiently serve children and their families. It is anticipated that up to six (6) successful applicants will receive the following:

  • Up to $20,000 earmarked for capacity building supports,
  • An amount not to exceed $30,000 to support the organization’s original GII funded program, and
  • Consideration for a second year of GII CBP funding in 2020 for those organizations that successfully implement their capacity building plan and maintain their funded program, subject to available funding and Council approval.

Children’s Services Council views capacity building as whatever is needed to bring a nonprofit to the next level of operational, programmatic, financial or organizational maturity, so it may more effectively and efficiently advance its mission. Capacity building is not a one-time effort to improve short-term effectiveness, but a continuous improvement strategy toward the creation of a sustainable and effective organization.


To see the list of 2019 Great Ideas Initiative Capcity Building Pipeline Awardees, please click here

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