Community Grant

What are Community Grants?

Under Nevada law, the Board of County Commissioners may award grant funding to non-profit community organizations that provide a substantial benefit to the residents of the County.

NRS 244.1505 states that a Board of County Commissioners may grant or donate monies to a non-profit organization created for religious, charitable, or educational purposes, or to a government entity, for any purpose which will provide a substantial benefit to the inhabitants of the County. These grants must be awarded by resolution.

To qualify for funding an organization is required to submit a completed application to Douglas County with the following:
* Organization information (i.e. history, mission, geographical area served)
* Organization’s financial information (i.e. availability of alternate funding, financial statements)
* Information regarding the program/project the requested funding will be used for
* The results achieved from any prior year’s grant funding that was received (if applicable)

How Community Grants are Funded

General Fund 
During the budget process the Board of County Commissioners approve a budget for the Community Grant Program from available one-time, adjusted opening fund balance, resulting from prior fiscal year savings. As such, funds may increase, decrease or be eliminated based on available financial resources.

Social Services Indigent Fund
Social Services funds include dedicated tax rate which must be awarded to benefit the County’s indigent population. During the budget process, a portion of these funds is budgeted for the Community Grant Program.

How the Program has Evolved

Community Grant Committee
During Fiscal Year 2015-16, the community grant committee was assembled to review applications and provide a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners. The grant committee consists of one social services staff, one finance staff and two Douglas County staff volunteers.

Programs/Organizations Built into the Budget
Various programs/organizations providing services which result in cost savings for Douglas County were built into the budget and are awarded funds annually.

Agencies incorporated into the County budget
÷Carson Valley Reforestation and Beautification Foundation
÷Carson Valley Arts Council
÷Douglas County Historical Society
÷Friends of Dangberg Ranch
÷Nevada Tahoe Conservation District
÷Douglas County Ski Program (Ski Bus)
÷Tahoe Douglas Bomb Squad

How are the funds awarded?
A committee is assembled each year that evaluates all applications in accordance to the assigned criteria. Any grant awards are allocated based on available funding for that fiscal year. The committee presents its recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners, where the recommendations are considered by the Board and the public is able to provide comment. Once a final consensus is reached, a resolution is presented as passed.

How do you apply?
The grant submission application period is open from July-September each year. If your community organization is interested in applying, please access the online application located at the following link. 

Please note that the application will need to be completed in one sitting. The Google Form will automatically save as you go through the questions but if you navigate away from the browser, your information may be lost. Keep your browser open to save your work. Click here for a copy of the grant questions to review in preparation for completing the online form.

2020-2021 Grant Application Link

To qualify for funding, an organization is required to submit a complete online application to Douglas County by 11:59 PM, September 30, 2020. Applications that are incomplete or received after the due date will not be considered.

The following documents are required to be uploaded to the online application as a PDF: organizational chart, most recent Federal Income Tax Return, most recent balance sheet, the organization’s budget, and a completed copy of the Assurances Signature document

For more information, please refer to the Notice of Funding Availability.

Applicants are required to thoroughly review this website along with 
Douglas County Policy 100.08 Community Grants Program and the Douglas County FY2021-22 Strategic Plan before submitting their application.

What is the timeline to apply?
September 3, 2020 – September 30, 2020 – Applications are available for all organizations that wish to apply for funding for Fiscal Year 2020. 

September 30, 2020 – 
Application deadline 

October 5-9, 2020 – Grant Committee to set up interview time and location with each applicant (or upon receipt of application) 

October 12-16, 2020 – Grant Committee to review applications and interview applicants 

October 19-23, 2020 – Grant Committee to review applications and interview notes in preparation for grant recommendations to be presented to the Board of County Commissioners 

October 26-30, 2020 – Submit Community Grant recommendations for the November 19, 2020 Board meeting 

November 19, 2020 – Present recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners for approval 

December 3, 2020 – Present Resolutions for funding to the Board of County Commissioners for approval 

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?
Phone:           (775) 782-9821