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Program Description

  Community Grants

This NDA targets needs not directly addressed by other departmental efforts, provides a space for innovative and experimental programs, addresses critical gaps in specific communities or sectors, and provides resources to support nonprofit partners that cut across County government. Community needs do not always fit neatly into a single department's mission, have often complex multifaceted root causes, and require innovative and flexible solutions. Nonprofit community organizations are critical to an effective network of services and are often able to provide these services in a more cost-effective, culturally appropriate, and flexible way than County Government. Community partners are also able to leverage community resources that may be unavailable to the County Government.

Prior to FY21, County Executive and County Council community grants were listed in separate NDAs. During the pandemic the County froze community grants funding as a way to provide continuity of funding to community grants recipients. Except for those community grants that are moving to a departmental base budget, no FY23 Community Grants program recipient will automatically receive funding in FY24. Instead, the Office of Grants Management will manage the application and awarding processes for the eight competitive grant programs within the NDA. The competitions will be launched immediately after the County Council passes an FY24 Approved Budget in May of 2023 with new grant awards announced in early July and new program funding beginning on October 1, 2023. To avoid a service gap between old and new funding for continuing programs, the NDA includes $2,898,833 in Bridge Funding for all FY23 Community Grant programs whose current contracts expire before December 31, 2023. Organizations who do not receive renewed funding will still receive these Bridge Funds to appropriately wind down their operations. These reforms are the culmination of years of engagement between the nonprofit community and County government. Re-competing programs within the Community Grants budget is an important step in reforming our grants process to be fairer, more equitable, and to address new and evolving community needs.

In addition, 28 community grants programs previously funded through the Community Grants' budget will be shifted into departmental base budgets ($1.7 million). Shifting programs will receive a 3% inflationary increase over their FY23 Approved funding level. The list of the programs and funding amounts shifting into department base budgets can be found on page 80-1 of this publication.

The overall $11,617,948 within the Community Grants NDA includes:

  • Underserved Communities Project Grants: $1,258,128 will be available to nonprofit organizations from underserved communities who have unique insights into their local challenges and can develop the best programmatic solutions address them.
  • Nonprofit Technical Assistance and Management Support Grants: $1 million will be available to strengthen County nonprofit organizations with a prioritization of organizations based in underserved communities.
  • Nonprofit Incubators: $560,987 will be available to pilot sustained, innovative, accessible, and community-based support for emerging nonprofit organizations with potential to serve the County's most hard-to-reach and underserved communities.
  • Community Projects Fund Grants: $1 million in one-time funding will be available for small, emerging, and volunteer led organizations to implement small, community focused projects, initiatives, and events with a quarterly application cycle.
  • Youth Support Grants: $1.5 million will be available for programs targeting the needs of the County's youth community.
  • Senior Support Grants: $1.5 million will be available for programs targeting the needs of the County's senior community.
  • Grants for Organizations Supporting Individuals with Disabilities: $1.5 million will be available for programs targeting the needs of County residents who have disabilities.
  • Place Based Management Grants: $400,000 will be available to continue support for Place Based Management activities in the County using on the Main Streets USA model.
  • FY23 Community Grant Bridge Funding: $2,898,833 will be available for FY23 Community Grants who are not shifting into department base budgets and whose current contracts expire before December 31, 2023.
Recommended for Community Grants but included as part of the Capital Budget within the Cost Sharing: MCG Project (CIP#720601) are the following that total $3,000,000:
  • Arts Facility Capital Grants - Major Projects/State Match Fund: $750,000 will be available to maximize leverage of State matches for major (over $100,000) County arts related capital projects. The County Council may match State Bond Bills in their FY24 Approved Budget. Any remaining resources not matched by State Bond Bills will be competed by the County through OGM and promoted matches within the FY25 State Bond Bill cycle.
  • Arts Facility Capital Grants - Small Projects Fund: $250,000 will be available to support small ($100,000 and below) County arts related capital projects in underserved communities.
  • Cost Sharing Capital Grants - Major Projects/State Match Fund: $1.25 million will be available to maximize leverage of State matches for major (over $100,000) County non-arts related capital projects. The County Council may match State Bond Bills in their FY24 Approved Budget. Any remaining resources not matched by State Bond Bills will be competed by the County through the Office of Grants Management (OGM) and promoted matches within the FY25 State Bond Bill cycle.
  • Cost Sharing Capital Grants - Small Projects Fund: $750,000 will be available to support small ($100,000 and below) County non-arts related capital projects in underserved communities.

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Program Contacts

Contact Eva Acevedo of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2763 for more information regarding the operating budget for the Non-Departmental Accounts.

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Program Budget Changes

FY24 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY23 Approved109984730.00
Decrease Cost: Eliminating One-Time Items Approved as Part of the FY23 Budget-103984730.00
Enhance: Community Projects Fund10000000.00
Enhance: Grants for Organizations Supporting Individuals with Disabilities15000000.00
Enhance: Nonprofit Business Incubator for Underserved Communities5609870.00
Enhance: Nonprofit Technical Assistance and Management Support (NTAMS) Grants10000000.00
Enhance: Place-based Management Grants4000000.00
Enhance: Senior Support Programs15000000.00
Enhance: Underserved Communities Projects (UCP) Grants12581280.00
Enhance: Youth Support Programs15000000.00
Shift: Emerging Business District Grants to the Community Engagement Cluster Budget-6000000.00
Technical Adj: FY23 Community Grants Bridge Funding Through December 31, 202328988330.00
FY24 Approved116179480.00