Request For Proposals

Guidelines for the period January 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019

To be considered for funding, applicants must complete and submit one (1) signed RFP response via email to by 12:00 PM on Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Via email, signed Face Sheet (Word document), RFP Narrative (Word document) and Program Budget (Excel document)

If your school is unable to submit the RFP response via email, please submit information in person or via US Mail only to:
John R. Aller
Executive Director
Stark County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery
121 Cleveland Ave. SW
Canton, Ohio  44702

With assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery alongside Stark County Health Department and Stark County Educational Service Center initiated a school-based survey to identify risk and protective factors for suicide. The results of the anonymous online survey, administered to 7th-12th grade students at SCESC affiliated schools, is intended to identify areas of greatest need among youth in Stark County and to guide prevention strategies at the Stark County level.

Key findings from the 2018 Northeast Ohio Youth Health Survey indicated:
9% of students endorsed feelings of loneliness
– 5% of students were identified having high levels of resiliency,
– Stark County youth feel less connected to their school, friends, and family than other adolescents in the U.S.

Research shows that feeling lonely or isolated can increase risk of suicide (Heinrich & Guillone, 2006). Life skills are a key protective factor for suicide and include resiliency, stress management, problem solving, and coping skills. Qualities of resilience also buffer the effects of suicide risk factors. (Office of the Surgeon General & National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention). In effort to help schools implement strategies and programs to increase resilience, feelings of connectedness and ultimately reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, StarkMHAR will award eight $2,500 mini-grants directly to Stark County school districts for youth-led prevention programming. These funds can be utilized for new youth-led prevention programming or to expand existing programs. Funds must be utilized by the end of the 2018-2019 school year.  Multiple buildings within one district are permitted to apply for individual awards.

Applying schools/districts must clearly demonstrate how the proposed youth led programming will specifically promote resiliency and youth connectedness and decrease risk factors for suicide such as loneliness and isolation and/or reduce stigma associated with mental health. These are single term awards; therefore consideration must be given to the sustainability of the program. The ability to measure the effectiveness and how many students will be impacted will factor into the funding selection process. One-time events will not be considered for funding.

Examples of allowable activities include but not limited to:

  • School wide resiliency initiatives
  • After-school programming that focuses on connectedness
  • Mentoring program (each transfer student assigned a mentor, or senior leaders mentor younger grades)
  • Peer norming group
  • Safe space/calm down area
  • Youth champion program (student leaders from range of activities are identified and listed as “go-to” people in the school when another student is in need)

Please review safe messaging guidelines at to ensure programming and messages that are developed are strategic, safe, positive, and make use of relevant guidelines and best practices.

Interested schools are asked to complete the proposal requirements and submit the completed forms by Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 12:00 PM.  Award notifications will be made on Friday, December 21, 2018 via email.

Please refer all questions regarding applications to and submit proposals to

Eligible Applicants:  Stark County, Ohio public and private intermediate, middle, and high school buildings and/or districts. Multiple buildings within one district are permitted to apply for individual awards, with one RFP document per building.

Maximum Award:  $2,500 per district

General Instructions:  Applicants should complete and submit an RFP proposal that addresses each of the RFP requirements:

  1. Face Sheet (1 page);
  2. Project Narrative including responses to the four questions below. Each response should be numbered and letter if applicable (3 page maximum, single-spaced, 12 pt. font, one inch margins);
  3. Budget and budget narrative (1 page, template provided);

Applications should be no longer than 5 pages total.

Information Review Process:  All applications will be screened to ensure that basic guidelines are met. Eligible submissions will be reviewed and scored by a committee of StarkMHAR staff. Consideration of school needs and financial resources will be central to such review. Staff will then provide summary information for each proposal to a Committee of the Board at a scheduled meeting for discussion and review. It is anticipated that the Committee will recommend contract funding to the full Board for consideration no later than the December Board meeting. Notification of award will be made via email. StarkMHAR will not consider RFP responses for funding that do not have every question answered completely or that are not received on time.

Project Narrative:

  1. Please describe what this program entails and include the following:
    1. 500 words or less description
    2. New Project or Expansion of Project
    3. Age/grades impacted/served
    4. Demographics of those impacted/served
    5. Number of youth impacted/served
    6. Action plan of project (please include tasks and timeline of tasks)
  2. Please choose an outcome measure below and explain how it will be measured (please include a percentage or number):
    1. Increased connectedness
    2. Reduced feelings of loneliness
    3. Increased level of resilience
  3. How were youth involved in the planning of the project and what will their role be in execution?
  4. How will this project be continued after funds are utilized?

Budget and Budget Narrative:  Please detail expenses associated with proposed project.  (See Excel workbook)

Awarded applicants will be required to submit a one page report that will be due on July 30, 2019.

In accordance with TITLES VI AND VII, CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964, AS AMENDED, and SECTION 504, REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973 AND THE AGE DISCRIMINATION ACT OF 1975, THE OMNIBUS BUDGET RECONCILIATION ACT OF 1981, where applicable and the AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1992, no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity for which the Stark County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery receives federal and/or state financial assistance, except where such discrimination is a bona fide, documented business necessity.