City Announces $1 Million Grant Opportunity to Address Violence

Published on February 05, 2024

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 5, 2024) – In October 2020, the Charlotte City Council, in collaboration with the community and city departments, approved the SAFE Charlotte plan. The plan's first recommendation calls for $1 million to help Charlotte-based nonprofits address violence in the community. This grant provides funding for both program implementation and collaboration between organizations who can layer services to provide more holistic support to residents.

These funds will be distributed through an equitable process that reflects community priorities and help organizations to build and strengthen relationships with partner organizations and Charlotte residents. Given the recent attention on youth crimes and violence, the city is placing priority on proposals that include evidence-based or informed programs that prevent youth crime. Thank you for your interest in the City of Charlotte’s SAFE Charlotte Grant.

View the SAFE Charlotte grant workshop presentation.

 

 

 

SAFE Charlote Grant Overview - Video Transcript

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just in lie of doing um group introductions today I'll just ask that

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um first of all this meeting is being recorded um so we want to have be able to put this on the website for

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individuals who might not have been here tonight to see the presentation and any questions that were asked and answered

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um and um if you don't mind putting your um organization name um and who you are

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in the chat so we don't have to do a big group and uction we can just kind of see who's in the meeting by that so if you

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want to go ahead um and get that started we can start to get an idea of who is

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here today I know I recognize some names and faces or not faces yet names um but

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so good to see some of you again um

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okay just give me one more second here and then we'll get

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started

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all right I'm going to go ahead and um share my screen and we will um go ahead

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and get started we have this till um seven but I hope um we're using good use

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everyone's time so we might not need the whole thing but of course we have it if you have questions um we are happy to

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help you out so um I'll share my screen here and we will get started um so thank you all for um

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joining tonight to hear about the latest iteration of the St Charlotte Grant uh we're very excited about the opportunity

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we have to um launch this again in the community um on one

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second all um so just a quick overview of what

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we'll be going through today um introductions my name is Julia Martin I work as a special assistant to the city

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manager um for the city of Charlotte um this program is administered jointly between the city manager's office and

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our housing and Neighborhood Services team um so we have Chad Martin who is on

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um from the housing and Neighborhood Services team and so if you um end up being a recipient of the grant you will likely be working closely with Chad um

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in some capacity um we'll talk a bit about the program goals timeline

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administrative process and then obviously some time at the end for question and answer for um anyone here

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I'll say we um at the end we will put some information up um of contact

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information for you to do a deeper dive specific to your application or if you have specific questions so I'll say um

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I think this is a good time for general questions but if you have you know hey I'm interested in doing XYZ program

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could I do that let's do that offline so we can get you we can learn a bit more and do a deeper dive and make sure we

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get you the appropriate answer um so uh going backwards a little

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bit um the safe Charlotte Grant this came out of the safe Charlotte report that the city council adopted in October

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of 2020 um this will be our third round of the grant um and so so uh the first

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round was in fy22 uh

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let's FY 23 and then we are we will be going into FY 25 which will be our third

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round um just for everyone's um awareness the city is on a July one

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fiscal year so we are currently in fiscal year 24 this grant will be for programmatic year fiscal year 25 which

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starts July 1st 2024 um just a bit of philosophy and how

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the funding is laid out um this the current interation we have right now is

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based on what we're calling collaborative and so what that is is one lead organization um who has experience

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managing federal funds has a bit of a larger budget and some of the administrative capabilities to be able

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to manage a large Grant with this PA with what we are calling partner organizations who are maybe um smaller

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organizations who um have deep Connections in the community but might not have the administrative and back

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office support that is um important to be able to successfully Implement uh

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federally funded program um and so we will be uh as as I'll get to in a second

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we'll be paying for a capacity building period which means you guys will actually be reimbursed for your time

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that it takes to plan and prepare for program imp implementation um we heard that from the last round we did that

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that was really helpful and beneficial um and so we want to make sure that uh the time that you spend preparing for

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this you are getting compensated for and that we're not asking you to come together for a collaboration um without

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appropriately recognizing the work that goes into that an important thing is we will not be doing any pairing ourselves

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so um if you want to collaborate with someone that is on the organizations to

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to come together and um develop a program Implement an existing program in a different way um some of our current

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grantees are doing um I'll say it's better when um the grantees are all

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doing programs that are similar so we have an example right now in um The Hidden Valley area where uh they're

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doing an after school program so one day a week or two days a week is um digibridge is doing some stem learning

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with uh middle schoolers the one day two days a week is um the mediation and

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conflict resolution work with Greg jackon Greg Jackson group Hill Charlotte and then the final day of the week is um

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with Meed to do some career exploration and so that is a um an example of

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something that we would um look favorably upon because you're serving the same group of children over the

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course of the afternoon or of the weekday um the grant term again we're on

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a July fiscal year so um it will start July 1st 2024 and we'll run through June

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30th 2026 um again the capacity building period um these dates are not set in

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stone so if um it turns out the applicants that we have accepted need a bit more time we can kind of shorten and

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lengthen this as we need to um capacity building period again reimburse up to $30,000 for um your time and effort put

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into planning U the program the program period is

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$400,000 basically over the course of two years um so 400,000 to implement um

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an actual program this can be an existing program this can be a new program um you can if you're a lead

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agency you can Implement you know kind maybe one of your core components that you do with a new Twist from a partner

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or partner organ organization um so there is some flexibility in terms of

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how you want to go about this if you are interested in doing

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so um okay so what we're looking for again the collaborative so um we really

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like this approach because it we are um enabling nonprofits to work together in

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a way that is not necessarily competitive um and so alite agency again

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this will be reimbursable federal funds so having some experience managing that

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type of funding source is really important um we um again there's some

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more um guidelines on our website which I can put in the chat if you haven't taken a look here's just the basics

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501c3 um at least $800,000 annual budget and the reason for that is sometimes

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with the reimbursement basis you need a little bit of cash flow to be able to manage in between when you actually

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expend the funds and when you actually get reimbursed for them um one or two

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partner agencies so we have had some collaboratives this year that had uh only one partner agency and two of them

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had two partner agencies that's up to you how you want to go about that um and again those are much smaller

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organizations so the really only requirements are 501c3 at least two two staff people that can include your CEO

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or executive director um and in operation for at least three years um

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some of the things that we're looking for programs and Partnerships that layer Services um for one population ideally

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in one geographic area the two of our um collaboratives right now we working in the Hidden Valley area one is um doing

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more work in the central Almar area that is not required um but again that is

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ideal especially if you can think about the city's corridors of opportunity and how um we can layer and leverage

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services in those types of areas um there has been a lot of

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um talked recently about the increase in youth violence and youth crime and so this year we are looking for a special

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focus on programs that support youth in meaningful ways support families in

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meaningful ways that can be atra school programming um Workforce Development for

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18 to 24 year olds um that can be workshops with parents who have young

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kids um so again looking for things that have that emphasis this year that

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doesn't mean we will exclusively be moving forward with recipients that are doing Youth and Family programming but

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we just want to put an extra emphasis on that this year given some of the recent stats and conversations that are

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happening in the community um for the capacity building

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period um we will require you to meet with the city staff to understand the

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mechanics and requirements of Community Development block grant funding which is the source of this program um is a

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federally reimbursed Grant um it is not um too cumbersome to administer but

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there are some important things that organizations need to be aware of in order to receive their funds on a timely

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basis um and then again you just have to provide time sheets um things like that

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to get reimbursed for the planning that you that goes into developing the program so if that is developing

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timelines uh what performance measures are we going to do where are we going to hold this program if you need to identify existing space um again up to

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$30,000 reimbursement for this specific period the programmatic period we are

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the reason we have collaboratives is because we are looking for um groups to do work in at least two of the four

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program areas below um so Youth Services which can include there's a bit more on

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the website I'll put that information in the chat in a second um but that can be again after school programming um

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weekend programming um that can be um child care

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services that is again so so youth is for U older than 13 child care services

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is below 13 that can also include parents of those children um employment training Workforce Development that can

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be that's largely in the adult space and that any mental health or trauma informed care that your your

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organization feels appropriate one of our um recipients this year was Center

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for employment opportun commities who does work with uh formerly incarcerated individuals paired with K ring who

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provides um counseling services and so what they did was they uh paired some of

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the individuals on the CEO case load with counseling services um so again

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hits that mental health component and the Workforce Development component there a key key thing for cdbg funding

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is you must work with populations who are under 80% of the area needed income

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and who are City of Charlotte residents um most of this can be self-certified by

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an individual so or ahead of a household so you're not having to necessarily collect pay stubs and all of those types

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of things um but again uh we do get audited from the federal government on this program and so just making sure the

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documentation U is in line is key to success here and again up to $400,000 of

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reimbursement on the budget worksheet if you go in the application you will see we have split that out over two

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$200,000 chunks so year one $200,000 year two $200,000 and so think about it in that

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way rather than trying to deliver a $400,000 program over one year excuse me

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one second um okay so a bit of um overview

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about Community Development block grant funding again Federal funding source I I

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uh will say it a bazillion times reimbursement base um it's estimated that the city's timeline is 30 days for

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payment um after correct invoices have been processed and the key is correct

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invoices so something that Chad does on one of our other programs is look at all the invoices and make sure all the

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documentation is provided there that we need because we will be held accountable for what happens here um and so correct

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invoices are critical that's why we will require um each collaborative to meet with City they have to understand what

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is a correct invoice and what that looks like and what you need to put into that um kind of just an administrative piece

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an organization will be need will need to be registered oh my gosh sorry

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guys we'll need to be registered on sam.gov um that is um Hud's website for

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um individuals and organizations who will be receive sorry organizations who will be receiving Community Development

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block grant funding um it is not really a csome process it is just something that we need to check the box so if

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you're not registered now it doesn't mean you can't get in I think it's a relatively fast process important um

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this is not a comprehensive list of cdbd requirements we'll do that in a more in-depth um way on an individual basis

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going forward um so final slide here and then I think we had some questions in the

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chat um and then I'll stop sharing my screen and we can um go ahead and do some questions um and I'll say if

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there's um anything that I can't answer um tonight we have all your email

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addresses since you uh register for this and so I'll make sure to take note of any FAQs and we'll make sure to follow

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up with that uh to this group and also post them on the website so um February

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14th today the application closes March 15th um we will announce the the award

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Wards with the presentation of the city manager's annual budget which will occur on May 6th um so we'll make sure to

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notify you when that happens but you'll also be in the city's budget document um

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we'll immediately start going into the Contracting

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phase come July 1 we are ready to rock and roll um so capacity building period

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45 days we can make that longer if we need to not a problem um kind of a nuts and bolts

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thing but the way the funding goes we'll have to do another contract Amendment and then the pro programmatic period um

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will begin sometime in the fall of 2024 um we'll have two Grant reports that you

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have to do it's not incredibly cumbersome um and we'll do periodic check-ins with the organizations over

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the course of the term um perhaps with all the groups together um and then

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individual check-in to make sure that we are resource to you and can help problem solve wherever you might have issues um

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questions Etc um so I will stop presenting I'll put the link to the

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application in um the chat and yeah if if you want to take yourself

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off mute and I think I see one question in here that I'll address yes hello hey

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how are you doing um the B is for for Road vocational Trade Center

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PG-13 um program received a grant in 2021 so this is totally different from

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the original who pairs the lead agency with the other

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nonprofits so that is um on the organization to um cultivate themselves

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I guess would be the term so we don't want to force collaborations to occur uh

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we would rather have people who willingly enter into a partnership together um so yes baby Ford Vocational

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Center you guys are absolutely eligible for um this grant we are putting it on

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to the organizations to find their

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collaborators how do we get to know the list of lead agencies that are

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applying so we don't um we don't necessarily have a list

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of um lead agencies that are applying what I will do after this is uh make

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sure to send out the um names and organizations of um people who have

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registered for this chat and expressed interest um and I think you will notice on there some of the larger

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organizations um and I would just encourage you to reach out to them to see if they are interested in partnering

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I know some of them are on here tonight um and again that's why um having contact information in the

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chat is helpful so you can get to understand who is here and who might be interested um in a partnership with your

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organization thank

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you um a question from Kate does staff include volunteer unpaid staff um I'm

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going to say no for right now because I believe you need to actually show they are an employee of yours to get get

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reimbursed for their time um but I will double check and include that in a

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followup yes

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brailen or yeah brain I think that's

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how NOP maybe

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not let's see okay go to the

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chat if there's existing collaboration between two nonprofits how can we share

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the benefits of your program with them um yes you have if you have something

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that is going great already with

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uh BR I will unmute you in just a second um so if there's an existing

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collaboration um you know please share the link um and again if one of them at

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least one of them meets the criteria of a lead organization so over

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$800,000 um in a budget and in existence for at least three years um and you

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think the population you serve lines up with what cdbg does I would absolutely encourage you um to think about applying

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for this program

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all right brayan I'm gonna let's see will

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make

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H raayan I'm sorry it won't let me un unmute you so let's see if you can put

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your question in the chat let's see let me see

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Robin can you unmute yourself did I do that right yeah can you all hear me okay

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y hey Robin Hamilton with the Urban League um curious if M actually my question is the same as brilin in terms

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of uh are you planning I saw a million dollars but I is this one cohort is this

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one again understand it's a two-year Grant but is this a million dollars over the two years or is this two people with

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two like yeah um good question um that was

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not clear so this will actually be um because this is a a federal program that

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we basically receive the same amount of funds every year for it will be a

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million in FY 25 and then we'll get a new million in FY 26 so ideally we are

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looking for um four collaboratives um five is I think five

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is too much money maybe up to five um but three to five collaboratives to fund

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over the course of two years with the same the same pot of money is what I guess I'm asking yeah um

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and I'm asking it just for budget development purposes um and so because

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again if you've got one lead agency you know there there might be a way to spread this if you are um you know if we

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were able to bring in four or five organizations as opposed to being one lead agency with just one or two

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partners and then because of not when you say you've got several cohorts what that sounds like to me is that there's

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there's the spreading of this over multiple organizations and I and there's

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no matching funds required correct with the cdbg correct yeah so I'm just thinking

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in terms of the amount the way the funding could spread and go uh a little bit further um but if that's been the

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decision that so there you said there are people that currently have the grant as well or have had it previously it

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will have it so is it a Continuum like is it renewable can you go past

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it so we we um you can do contract

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extensions for the same amount of money so right now two of our um collaboratives are going through

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contract extensions um so they just need a bit more time to spend their

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$400,000 but $400,000 um is the cap and we want to make sure we can get

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um new agencies in here on a pretty regular basis to test this idea out um

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so yes it is $400,000 for one collaborative so one Agy and one or two

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partner agencies over the course of two years we are looking for three to five

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of those collaboratives

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okay um okay Veronica do we have a partner agency do we have to yes so um

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you do have to have a partner um agency in order to apply we will not be doing

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any um matching for this um again I'll send out the list of individuals who are

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here in the organizations they are with um and I would encourage you to um reach

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out and try to see who has a similar program or in a similar area that might work with your organization

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Francis did you have another question I saw your hand up the question was answered I was going

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to ask were you going to send the list out yes I okay thank

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you and here is um let me share this and I

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would encourage you to um take down this information um

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so for general questions about um stfe Charlotte the process Etc um there is my

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email below so feel free to um email me after this if you have any questions

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concerns um anything that I can help you with and then for cdbg specific

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questions so things like I have this program already could I do it um here's

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the group of people I serve would this program be eligible here's what I'm thinking um reach out to um Gabriel

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Hardy her phone number is below um her phone number is there and she will um

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schedule you and get you in contact with someone from our housing staff who can sit down with you and do um a bit more

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specific work for your organizations questions and I'll just leave that

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up and I'll put it in the chat

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too yes Robin I'm sorry one more question I noticed when you talked about with the lead agencies that um they need

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to have experience with uh a federal uh administering Federal grant Federal grant fund uh do we um which we do but

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we don't have any cdb we've never done cdb G or um HUD so but we do have obviously federal grants so does that

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matter if it has it doesn't have to be cdbg your hood okay no and um in the

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application um I believe it is just oh my gosh guess I haven't done this much

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straight talking in a while um in the application is just a

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narrative section for you to fill in and so we're not looking necessarily for

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documentation it's just you know EXP explain to us your experience managing federal funds so of course as the Urban

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League um you guys have a lot of experience so yeah just make sure to um you know note that

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out okay4 s um okay I will um stay on here

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till 7 in case anyone else um comes on uh I will follow up with the

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participants tonight um the organizations that they are with and then get an answer on um the question

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around volunteer hours um you have my emails so if you think of anything after

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this meeting or if you're getting closer to apply please feel free to U reach out to me and I will get back to you um

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relatively quickly and again for specific cdbg um questions please reach

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out to Gabrielle and she will get you in touch with um some of our housing staff to get some of your more

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specific all right I'll if you want to go do something else you can go do

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something else I'll be here till seven thank you thank you guys have a good

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night

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e hey Julia would you go down to uh to to slide five yes

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sir go down maybe to maybe to six no that you at the right one my my question

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is around my my question is around the corridors does this this has to be in

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the one of the corridors of opportunity okay but demographic similar to okay

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and and you already have can you can you say again where programs are already located or will you add that to it so we

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know yeah U I'll add it to uh this presentation so when we post it you can

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see but we have two um collaboratives working in hi Valley uh one focusing on

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the elementary school one focusing on the middle school and then one on Central and abar but um of course it

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does not have to be a corridor opportunity it just helps with the other program that we have to have more

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support in those areas but not a necessity okay and I apologize I should probably

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know this question answer to this question is this focused uh also in terms of opportunity youth or is it just more lined up

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around programming what's the um it's probably more focused um on

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the income requirement which 80% and below but that you know closely lines up

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with other things that would yeah probably that categor yeah okay great

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and will you also with the other programs I'm just curious um again I'd imagine it's it's nice to have kind of a

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mix uh if if those programs like the one you just talked about Hidden Valley is clearly Middle School elementary school

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and then the other program you know I've curious just to know something about that so when you provide the information

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to us can you give us a little bit about okay yeah sure

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right

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hey uh Rebecca while I have you someone had a question around do um volunteers count as staff and my

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answer was no um but I said I would follow up and send out a definitive

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answer for the purpose of your RFP or

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when working toward like in the programs like in in the programs like if

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you were to um get reimbursed you could never charge

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a volunteer time to get reimbursed for because then they would be a staff person

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correct uh we can look into it because when we do match for other programs I know cdbg doesn't require match but for

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other programs when we do match volunteer hours do count oh okay okay so

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let's uh let me do some research um um and do it because that's

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an interesting question I don't know that's ever come up

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okay I'll put it on my list and let you know okay thank

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you can you send it can you send it to me exactly how you want it research is

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it volunteer hours toward working to not reimbursed right but just toward doing

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the work is that what it is is that how it is I think the

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question was in in um regards to getting reim reimbursed but if it is if it's in

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regards to if I if we say you need two staff does a volunteer account the answer is

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no okay but in reimburse how would you so most volunteers aren't reimbursed

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either right so I think we may need a definition of volunteer from that

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organization um right to see what does that look like are they cover we may

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need a definition of what a volunteer is like are they not on their payroll Ro are they is it like a contractor right

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so they're paid or they are they donating their time

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um and they're just giving them like incentives Right to Work

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versus um an incentive to come is different than right a a pay to come am

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I saying that in a way that makes sense yeah

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so we may need a little more information

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okay is the person who asked the question still on the phone or can we reach out to them okay yeah I have I

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have them in the chat here

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okay hi

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Chad hey hey what's going on Rebecca I got a eight-year-old screaming in the background so pardon

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me all

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good

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hey um oh I don't know harle did you miss the

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um presentation did you join after I had gone through the whole

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field

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can you hear me yes okay I did come in late but I was

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just trying to hang around to see if someone asks a question that might be interesting um to me I'm I'm really

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looking for someone to collaborate with uh we do year round after school time

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program summer camps and after school uh and we're in East Charlotte um been

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there for about six years and so uh really looking for someone to

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collaborate with um to uh make our program more available to more children

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who struggling Learners and parents who can't afford um after school service or

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summer camp because we have a very strong uh academic component as well as

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enrichment component of our program and so I was just trying to get a sense of

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who was on and uh who I might be able to possibly collaborate

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with so um we went through um pretty quick on the presentation so I think

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most people have dropped off by now by now but what I'm GNA do is um after this

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I have everyone emails from uh when they registered so I will send out that list

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um back to the people who have signed up for this so you can get a sense of who

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is on the pro who's been on the call and who's interested and that way um we want

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the organizations to facilitate their own collaborations rather than um us

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forcing people together right sounds good thank you

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sure

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Timeline

Application opens: Feb. 5, 2024

Application closes: March 15, 2024

Selections announced: May 6, 2024

Contract period begins: July 1, 2024

FAQ

What is the goal of this program?

The goal of the SAFE Charlotte Grant program is to promote collaboration amongst Charlotte non-profits to address community violence by providing multi-faceted resources at the neighborhood level.

What type of organizations can apply?

This program is a collaboration between a lead non-profit agency and one or two partner non-profit agencies. The lead agency is well-established organization with significant administrative capacity to manage program expansion or creation using federal funding sources. The partner agency(ies) provides a specific service to a population within Charlotte. These are typically more neighborhood, or location0based service providers.

  • Lead agency criteria:
    • 501c3
    • Charitable solicitation license
    • Provide service in Charlotte
    • Demonstrated experience using federal funds and/or managing a reimbursement-based grant, preference towards HUD sources
    • Annual operating budget of at least $800,000
    • In operation for at least three years
  • Partner agency criteria:
    • 501c3
    • Charitable solicitation license
    • Provide service in Charlotte
    • At least two staff people, can include executive director/CEO/founder
    • Demonstrated experience with community programs in one of four categories (see FAQ 4 for more details) for at least two years
    • This should include evidence of achieved outcomes, population served or other measures to demonstrate success
    • In operation for at least three years (501c3 status)

What is the purpose of the planning phase? How can funds be used?

This is a reimbursement-based grant. Typical time from receipt of correct invoice to payment is 30 days.

The planning phase will be used for the following purposes:

  • Training and overview for lead and partner agencies on how to use federal funds.
  • Collaboration and planning service delivery
    • Identifying necessary resources
    • Performance measures
    • Data to be captured
    • Developing timelines for projects
    • Needs and gap analysis
  • This phase will be approximately two months long to allow adequate time for planning and to address questions. The goal of the planning phase is to to determine the viability of a potential partnership that would be mutually beneficial as evidenced by the development of stronger business practices, closer alignment with community members and shared mentorship amongst the partners. At the conclusion of the capacity building period, the lead agency will indicate the interest in continuing to the full programmatic term. This will be demonstrated through a signed MOU between all parties involved.

    Planning phase funds will be used to reimburse staff time spent on attending trainings, meetings, and planning for programmatic grant funds. The collaborative is expected to complete a full Memorandum of Understanding that includes all the partner organizations and specifies the scope of work, deliverables, and metrics each group is responsible for producing.

How can programmatic funds be used?

This is a reimbursement-based grant. Typical time from receipt of correct invoice to payment is 30 days. See FAQ for specific program expenses and information needed to receive reimbursement.

Funds may be used to expand an existing program or start a new program. Programs should address community violence with preference given to evidence based, or informed programs. Programs should serve a specific neighborhood or community within Charlotte.

Applications must include work in two of the four programmatic areas below

Program areas include:

  • Youth and Family Based Programs
    • Youth Services:
      • Services for young people aged 13 to 19. For example, recreational services limited to teenagers and teen counseling programs. Can also be used for counseling programs that target teens but include counseling for the family as well. This includes mentorship, conflict mediation, non-school hour programming, counseling, transportation to/from services, family support/counseling.
  • Child Care Services:
    • Services that will benefit children (generally under age 13), including parenting skills classes.
  • Employment Training (Workforce Development/Job Training):
    • Assistance to increase self-sufficiency, including literacy, independent living skills, resume writing, job coaching, "how to get and keep a job" training, or training students in a particular field on skill when there is no tie to a specific position or business. This includes resume building workshops, employment training, and other workforce skills development.
  • Mental Health and Trauma Informed Care:
    • Services addressing the mental health needs of residents of the community. This includes counseling, support groups, case management.

Program funds must be spent serving individuals or families who fall below 80 percent of the city's Area Median Income.

What are eligible program expenditures and what do I have to show to receive reimbursement?

The documents below outline general expenditures and documentation for reimbursement. If there is a question about an eligible expense, please reach out to city staff.

SAFE Charlotte Reimbursement Documentation(XLSX, 12KB)

SAFE Charlotte Budget Template(XLSX, 18KB)

How long is the grant period?

The capacity building period is from July 1, 2024, to August 15, 2024. The grant period is 22 months from award date Sept 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025. Extensions may be granted beyond June 30, 2025, following consultation of city staff.

What are the award amounts?

The capacity building award is up to $30,000. The programmatic period is up to $400,000 over two years. Due to federal requirements and the city's fiscal year, the initial contract for programmatic funds will be $200,000. This contract will run through June 30, 2025. Subsequently, the initial contract will be amended and the additional $200,000 will be added to the contract, resulting in $400,000 over two years.