City strengthens requirements for Community Grant Application process
Nonprofits must illustrate need, results
Contact: Sarah Erkmann
ANCHORAGE- Mayor Dan Sullivan recently refined the Community Grant application process to introduce greater accountability. All applicants will be asked to illustrate how funds will be used and to report specific results.
The Mayor’s Office has received numerous informal letters requesting funding via the Community Grant Application program. No formal application process was in place to track who received smaller grants and how success was measured. As a result, the mayor’s administration decided to establish criteria and guidelines in order to make the process efficient, fair and widely known.
Selection criteria include the following, among others:
- Nonprofit 501(c)(3) status with a physical office in Municipality of Anchorage;
- Organizations must have articles of incorporation and by-laws filed with the State of Alaska or be a recognized local chapter of a national organization;
- The organization must have a full-time Anchorage-based volunteer board of directors comprised of at least five members;
- The organization must have a nondiscrimination policy for personnel, clients and volunteers;
- The organization must receive at least 20 percent or $50,000 (whichever is less) of its annual budget from charitable giving.
“We acknowledge that private nonprofits can save taxpayers money in certain circumstances where the work being funded alleviates the burden on social services or stimulates the local economy,” said Mayor Sullivan. “Still, these groups need to illustrate a compelling need and measureable results before municipal money is spent. We think this new application process achieves that.”
Examples of groups receiving funding in the past include the Armed Forces YMCA, Camp Fire programs, Alaska School Activities Association, Covenant House and others. In the past, some groups were not required to report their results; this will change with the new application process.
Mayor Sullivan has made a commitment to first fund programs that benefit children, who are less able to care for themselves and more susceptible to economic downturns.
Applications are available online at www.muni.org and are due by 5 p.m. on March 15, 2010.