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, the 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 approves a budget for the Community Grant Program from the 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 a 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 one staff from the County Manager's Office. During Fiscal Year 2020-2021 the community grant committee recommended updating the policy and procedures, to include program forms, to improve the expectations and consistency of the program.
Programs/Organizations Built into the Budget
Various programs/organizations providing services that result in cost savings for Douglas County was 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), and Tahoe Douglas Bomb Squad
How are the funds awarded?
A committee is assembled each year that evaluates all applications in accordance with 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 comments. 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 application through one of the following links. 

2021-2022 Grant Application Form - Click Here

The following documents are required to be attached to the application: 
organizational chart
most recent Federal Income Tax Return
most recent balance sheet
the organization’s budget
completed copy of the Assurances Signature document

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.

FY20-21 Recommendation Report

What is the timeline to apply?
September 17, 2021 – October 15, 2021 – Applications are available for all organizations that wish to apply for funding for Fiscal Year 2021-2022.

October 15, 2021 – Application deadline (11:59 PM)

October 18-19, 2021 – Grant Committee to set up an interview time and location with each applicant (or upon receipt of application)

October 25-29, 2021 – Grant Committee to review applications and interview applicants in preparation for grant recommendations to be presented to the Audit Committee and Board of County Commissioners

November 1-5, 2021 – Present recommendations to the Audit Committee for review and recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners

November 18, 2021 – Present recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners for approval

*The timeline was updated after the 9/2/21 BOCC meeting was canceled due to the Caldor Fire.

Community Grant Forms

Assurances Form
Financial Claim Form
Notice of Funding Availability
Project Change Request Form
Grant Report Form
Rating Sheet (COMING SOON!)

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?
Phone:           (775) 782-9821
Email:             [email protected]