Partner Benefits & Timeline

Partner Benefits & Timeline

Grant Partnership

The Buckle Up for Life grant initiative provides one-year cash grants ranging from $11,500 to $26,500 per year. Buckle Up for Life Headquarters will provide program training, support, and oversight throughout the grant year. This grant initiative also provides injury prevention professionals with tools and resources necessary to implement a child passenger safety program in at-risk populations and communities throughout the country.

Funding Levels

Grant Funding Levels

Eligibility

  • Grants will be awarded to qualified tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, as determined under section 501(c)(3) or 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, or to public service agencies (e.g., fire/police departments, local health departments, public schools, etc.).
  • Applying institutions must have an established injury prevention program with a certified child passenger safety technician (CPST) on staff.
  • Applying institutions must have strong partnerships with community leaders. Staff working on Buckle up for Life/Abróchate a la Vida program must have strong social and networking skills.
  • Applying institutions would also benefit from having at least one bilingual (English/Spanish) or multilingual professional on staff.

Minimum Expectation

Ideal grant partners will provide multiple educational sessions and outreach opportunities to serve as many people as possible, meeting our minimum required education and seat distribution outputs outlined for each available funding level in the chart above. For example, at a base funding level of $15,000, a partner institution would be expected to distribute a minimum of 150 car seats and would be expected to educate a minimum of 225 people total (children, teens, and adults combined).

Education

Buckle Up for Life provides all the materials, including props, handouts, and audiovisual aids necessary, for an injury prevention professional to deliver the following one-hour presentations:

  • Adults – this presentation focuses on a crash dynamics, seat belts, distracted driving, and child passenger safety.
  • Teens – this presentation focuses on crash dynamics, seat belts, and sound decision-making.
  • Children – this presentation focuses on three main topics: the importance of seat belts, where to sit in a car, and proper passenger behavior.

Education Requirements

Partners must use Buckle Up for Life curricula for education numbers to be counted against the minimum expectations.

Car Seat Checks and Distribution

Following each educational presentation, certified child passenger safety technicians conduct a car seat check for program participants. During the check, they distribute free car seats to eligible caregivers.

  • Car seats and education must be provided by a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) who can ensure that seats are installed and used correctly.
  • Car seats may be distributed at the agency’s discretion–although the focus should be on at-risk populations. Each agency may assess and determine local need.
  • Car seats provided by Buckle Up for Life must be given away to selected families for FREE. Seats may not be sold.

Outcomes

Institutions applying for a grant partnership must indicate in their application (Section 4.D of the grant partnership application) how they plan to measure program outcomes (behavior change) in their community.

Budget

Applying institutions must submit a budget with their grant application, to be approved by Buckle Up for Life. Acceptable program expenditures include salary support, supplies, equipment, mileage, etc. See chart above for available base funding levels. Please note: up to 25% of the base funding level may be used for salary support, if needed.

For example, at a base funding level of $15,000, a partner institution would be eligible to receive a total of $16,500—to include up to $3,750 for salary support, $11,250 for program supplies and implementation, and an additional $1,500 for travel related expenses to the Buckle Up for Life Orientation (Orlando, FL; Aug 21, 2019).

Orientation

Buckle Up for Life Orientation will be offered in conjunction with the Kidz in Motion (KIM) Conference (Orlando, FL; Aug 22-Aug 24, 2019). An optional travel stipend (see below) of $1,500 above and beyond base funding levels is available to each funded institution to assist with travel-related expenses. Institutions deciding not to travel to the orientation must make up the training session in a mutually agreed upon format at a date and time to be determined. All partner sites are expected to participate in training during the first quarter of the program year.

Optional Travel Stipend

An optional travel stipend of $1,500 total (above and beyond base funding levels) is available to each funded institution. This stipend is to be used only to supplement travel related expenses for one or more program staff to attend the Buckle Up for Life Orientation (Orlando, FL; Aug 21, 2019) and accompanying Kidz in Motion (KIM) Conference. Covered expenses may include airfare/transportation, hotel/lodging, conference registration fees, meals, etc. Please note: should your institution’s actual travel expenses exceed $1,500, the difference must be paid from your own institution’s operating budget. Only the $1,500 travel stipend may be applied toward travel expenses; BUFL grant funds from your selected base funding level may not be used for these expenses.

Reporting

Grantees will submit regular reports to Buckle Up for Life summarizing their progress in outputs and outcomes during the grant year. Mid-year and final reports will also include financial summaries.

Gift of Safety Partnership

The Gift of Safety initiative provides free car seats and access to Buckle Up for Life educational resources to passenger safety programs across the U.S. Each Gift of Safety partner agency receives 75 car seats to provide to local families in need. Partners are expected to provide families with proper education and installation assistance, as well as a car seat pact to be signed and returned from every family—for basic reporting. Ideal Gift of Safety partners already have robust child passenger safety programs in place, and this supplemental gift of free car seats helps to close a resource gap in order to better meet their community’s safe travel needs.

Eligibility

  • Award will be awarded to qualified tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, as determined under section 501(c)(3) or 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, or to public service agencies (e.g., fire/police departments, local health departments, public schools, etc.).
  • Applying institutions must have an established injury prevention program with a certified child passenger safety technician (CPST) on staff.
  • Applying institutions must have strong partnerships with community leaders. Staff working on Buckle up for Life/Abróchate a la Vida program must have strong social and networking skills.
  • Applying institutions would also benefit from having at least one bilingual (English/Spanish) or multilingual professional on staff.

Minimum Expectation

  • Agencies must have access to at least one certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST). This individual must be available to provide education and assistance to each family receiving a car seat to ensure that it is installed and used correctly. Each agency must distribute 75 car seats, for free, to local families in need by June 30, 2019.
  • Gift of Safety partners must sign a BUFL Curriculum and Brand Usage Agreement.

Education

Buckle Up for Life provides presentations, handouts, and audiovisual aids necessary, for an injury prevention professional to deliver the following one-hour presentations:

  • Adults – this presentation focuses on a crash dynamics, seat belts, distracted driving, and child passenger safety.
  • Teens – this presentation focuses on crash dynamics, seat belts, and sound decision-making.
  • Children – this presentation focuses on three main topics: the importance of seat belts, where to sit in a car, and proper passenger behavior.

Car Seat Checks and Distribution

  • Car seats and education must be provided by a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) who can ensure that seats are installed and used correctly.
  • Car seats may be distributed at the agency’s discretion–although the focus should be on at-risk populations. Each agency may assess and determine local need.
  • Car seats provided by Buckle Up for Life must be given away to selected families for FREE. Seats may not be sold.
  • Each recipient of a car seat must complete and sign a Car Seat Pact, which BUFL will provide. This brief survey will provide some basic demographic data on the program’s participants.

Outcomes

Gift of Safety partners are not required to report on outcomes, but are encouraged to seek opportunities that showcase child passenger safety related outcomes related to the provided education and car seat distribution.

Budget

Buckle Up for Life does not provide monetary support to Gift of Safety partners. Buckle Up for Life ships 50 Evenflo convertible car seats and 25 Evenflo no-back booster seats to each partner agency. Shipping and handling fees are covered by Buckle Up for Life.

Orientation

Selected agencies must participate in a required one-hour Welcome Webinar where they will be introduced to the program and receive an overview of BUFL educational curricula, as well as data collection, reporting, and other project logistics.

Reporting

Gift of Safety partners are required to submit quarterly reports to Buckle Up for Life summarizing their progress.

Education Partnership

Buckle Up for Life offers child passenger safety professionals, free access to its multi-generational educational resources, provided they sign a curriculum and brand usage agreement and watch a welcome video. This level of partnership is ideal for well-funded injury prevention programs in need of supplemental motor vehicle occupant educational resources for adults, teenagers and children. Resources include; Power Point presentation for adults, Power Point presentation for teenagers and a three lesson children’s curriculum, as well as useful downloadable forms and handouts conveniently accessible in Buckle Up for Life’s Partner Portal.

Eligibility

Education materials will be awarded to qualified tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, as determined under section 501(c)(3) or 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, or to public service agencies (e.g., fire/police departments, local health departments, public schools, etc.).

Minimum Expectation

Education partners must sign a BUFL Curriculum and Brand Usage Agreement.

Education

Buckle Up for Life provides all the education materials for an injury prevention professional to deliver the following one-hour presentations:

  • Adults – this presentation focuses on a crash dynamics, seat belts, distracted driving, and child passenger safety.
  • Teens – this presentation focuses on crash dynamics, seat belts, and sound decision-making.
  • Children – this presentation focuses on three main topics: the importance of seat belts, where to sit in a car, and proper passenger behavior.

Outcomes

Education partners are not required to report on outcomes, but are encouraged to seek opportunities that showcase child passenger safety related outcomes related to the provided education.

Budget

Buckle Up for Life does not provide monetary support to Education partners.

Orientation

Selected agencies must view a required Welcome Video where they will be introduced to the program and receive an overview of BUFL educational curricula, as well as data collection, reporting, and other project logistics.

Reporting

Education partners are required to submit quarterly reports to Buckle Up for Life summarizing their progress.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I reach Buckle Up for Life?

Due to high email traffic, applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the contents of the application’s overview and requirements. However, if you need additional information, please direct your questions to Buckle Up for Life.

Who reviews my application and how is it weighted against other applications?

Because the Buckle Up for Life grant is highly competitive, every submission is closely reviewed by an internal committee of injury prevention experts and faculty physicians at Cincinnati Children’s. This internal committee uses a scorecard approach to assess an applicant’s overall qualifications—taking into account (including, but not limited to) the following:

  • Community’s demographic and socioeconomic profile—identifying an at-risk population, with a demonstrated need for this program
  • Organization’s track record of community engagement to address health disparities
  • Organization’s current establishment of a child passenger safety program, with at least one certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) on staff
  • Organization’s ability/capacity to meet/exceed minimum education and/or car seat distribution requirements as outlined in Section 4.A of your application
  • Organization’s ability/capacity to track and report outputs and outcomes, in accordance with stated expectations and timelines
  • Organization’s ability/capacity to act as good financial stewards of grant funds
  • Bilingual English/Spanish child passenger safety staff (preferred)

I am a former Buckle Up for Life grantee. Can I apply for a new grant?

Yes, any institution meeting the eligibility requirements—including current and former Buckle Up for Life grantees—may apply for a new grant.  Please note: in this case, past performance will be considered during the application review process.

Can I apply for more than one partnership at a time?

No. We encourage applicants to review the detailed descriptions provided for each initiative to determine which partnership would best reflect their needs.

Can I email my application?

No.  All applications must be submitted online through the Buckle Up for Life website; e-mail applications will not be reviewed.

Can individuals apply for Buckle Up for life grants?

No.  Buckle Up for Life only awards grants to non-profit organizations with well-established child passenger safety programs and does not provide funds to individuals.

What are the chances of being funded?

Buckle Up for Life receives 7+ times more applications than available grants. This is why it is important for applicants to review the detailed descriptions provided for each initiative to determine which partnership would best reflect their needs and to follow the guidelines provided for submission.

Can my application be disqualified?

Yes.  Below are a few reasons for disqualification:

  • Incomplete applications
  • Applications submitted after the deadline
  • Applications submitted via email
  • Failure to submit all attachments including: budget, most up-to-date W9, letter of support, etc.
  • Applications from programs that might pose a conflict of interest to our prime funder
  • Applications from institutions that don’t meet grant guidelines

Can I submit my request directly to Toyota?

No. Toyota is the prime funder for Cincinnati Children’s Buckle Up for Life program.  For legal and administrative purposes, Buckle Up for Life partners are considered grantees of Cincinnati Children’s. All applications should be submitted online through the Buckle Up for Life website. Toyota will not accept, nor forward, any inquires or applications for the Buckle Up for Life program.

How will I be notified of a decision?

Acceptance and denial letters will be sent out to all applicants accordingly.

Can I request a no-cost extension?

No. Buckle Up for Life does not provide for overhead – no cost extensions.