Project Details


Alliance for the American Dream Alliance for the American Dream Alliance for the American Dream Mission Statement The Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fund for Strategic Innovation is a U.S. private foundation organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Grant Application Deadlines & Instructions Applicants should be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code and classified as a public charity, however the Foundation may consider grant requests from foreign or taxable organizations provided that such requests are made for exclusively charitable projects. Under this second category we will ask for additional information and compliance. Please make us aware of your organizations tax-exempt status as soon as possible. Applications are accepted year-round. Please e-mail application to Grant Application Process 1. Complete the Grant Support Application Form (attached) 2. Submit one complete proposal to accompany the Grant Support Application Form. Please include the following information: a. Cover letter and proposal containing the following information (in 4 pages or fewer, your printed collateral material may contain much of this) i. Your organizations mission and geographic focus ii. Goals of the proposed work (immediate and long-range) iii. Implementation plan to achieve these goals iv. Impact on communities involved- what will have changed as a result v. Partners in the community you will work with for this project vi. Criteria and procedure that will be used to evaluate the proposed work vii. Plan for securing funding beyond the grant period viii. Staff that will be working on this project and their qualifications b. Copy of IRS Determination Letter indicating your tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. The Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fund for Strategic Innovation will notify all grant program support applicants of funding decisions by e-mail. Thank you for your interest. Alliance for the American Dream Prepped is a community-facing program of ASU Entrepreneurship + Innovation and the ASU Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation, in collaboration with the College of Health Solutions and the School of Sustainability. Building on a four-year record of success in our local communities, we are working to build a robust scaled-up program and dynamic network for food business incubation and acceleration with greater reach across Arizona and our region. ASU launched Prepped in 2016 to help local entrepreneurs build and grow successful mobile (non-location specific, such as restaurants) food-based companies by teaching business fundamentals such as food costing and financial literacy, marketing and communications strategies, obtaining permits and licensing, and sustainable operations while also providing access to a seasoned network of industry experts and business owners as mentors. In addition to training and 1:1 mentoring, participants also receive support for food safety certifications, health permits and growth operational expenses, as well as an opportunity to present at an annual Prepped Showcase and competition to help them grow and thrive in the industry. An immersive, cohort-based digital platform leveraging the latest learning technologies will allow Prepped to deliver an impactful and innovative curriculum to an exponentially larger and more geographically-dispersed audience, and to build an expanding network of community-based mentors through established hubs in Arizona and beyond. This hybrid model preserves the programs greatest assets (its people-centered model) while simultaneously enabling much higher levels of reach and engagement through proven, state-of-the-art online learning channels, including mobile friendly ones such as those developed by ASU. There have been over 8,500 cottage law food permits applied for in Arizona and thousands of mobile food businesses in every county. Over 60% of food related businesses fail annually, due primarily to poor business operations and financial literacy of operators. We have demonstrated for the past four years that operational coaching and financial training of aspiring mobile food business owners through Prepped results in an increase of over 225% sales and increased profitability. We will scale our reach and serve more entrepreneurs through this new digital platform and regional partnerships.
Effective start/end date4/20/1812/31/22


  • The Schmidt Family Foundation: $2,200,000.00


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