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Office of Budget and Evaluation - Oct. 10, 2014

City Adopts New Protocol for Community Agency Grants; Workshop Scheduled to Explain New Process

The mayor and City Council have adopted a new process by which grant requests from community agencies will be reviewed and approved. The city will hold a workshop to explain the new procedures Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Mazie S. Woodruff Center, 4905 Lansing Drive.

Non-profits and other organizations seeking financial support from the city should attend this workshop.

The mayor and City Council approved the change Sept. 15 in order to standardize the process by which the city makes grants to outside agencies. Under the new process, every agency requesting city funds must submit an application with an audited financial statement and its most recent IRS Form 990.

Applications will be evaluated by one of seven review panels, based on the nature of the grant. The panels’ recommendations will then be reviewed by an allocation committee drawn from citizens who served on the review panels.

The allocation committee will make final recommendations to the city manager and the City Council’s Finance Committee. Final recommendations for Successful Outcomes After Release (SOAR) grants (for recently released inmates) also will be sent to the City Council’s Public Safety Committee.

Panels comprising citizens and members of the city staff will review applications in five grant categories: Arts, Culture and Education; Human Services; Community and Business Development (operating assistance); Community and Business Development (redevelopment & projects); and SOAR.

The existing review process for federally funded Continuum of Care grants will stay in place because of their specific nature and federally mandated timeline. Grants for transportation funds under the Job Access/Reverse Commute program and Section 5310 (mobility for seniors and the disabled) will also follow the existing process.

More information about the grant application process, including a timeline for submitting grant requests for the 2015-16 fiscal year, can be found on the Budget page at CityofWS.org.

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