Community Grant

What are Community Grants?

Per NRS, the Board of County Commissioners may award grant funding to community organizations for public benefit.
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 funding is requested for
Results achieved with prior year’s grant fund received (if applicable)

When the department applications are open, an application will be posted here.

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 of be eliminated based on fiscal year net result.

Social Services Indigent Fund
Social Services funds include dedicated tax rate which must be awarded to benefit the 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
FY 2015-16 the community grant committee was assembled to review applications and provide a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners.
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 funds awarded?

A committee is assembled each year who evaluate the application and evaluate each application in accordance to the assigned criteria. Funding is allocated based on available funding the organization evaluation. The committee presents their recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners, where the recommendation is assessed by the Board and the public is able to 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 you are interested in applying, please access the application located at the following link: Applicationwithattachments.pdf. Please complete the application and send it back by the specified deadline stated in the application. For more information, please refer to the Notice of Funding Availability located at: 19-20 Notice of Funding Availability.pdf.

What is the timeline to apply?
July 8, 2019 – September 27, 2019 – Applications are available for all organizations that wish to
apply for funding for Fiscal Year 2019. Applications will be available online, County Manager’s office, Treasurer’s
office (Lake and Valley)

September 27, 2019 – Application deadline

September 30 – October 4, 2019 – Grant Committee to set up interview time and location with each
applicant (or upon receipt of application)

October 7 – October 31, 2019 – Grant Committee to review applications and interview applicants

November 1 – November 8, 2019 – Grant Committee to review applications and interview notes in
preparation for grant recommendations to be presented to the Board of County Commissioners

November 8, 2019 – Submit Community Grant recommendations for the November 21, 2019 Board meeting

November 21, 2019 – Present recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners for approval

December 5, 2019 – Presentation and Awards

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?
Vacant , Budget Analyst Senior
Phone: (775) 782-6202