How hard and fast is the audit requirement, especially for smaller nonprofits? Do you have recommendations of where to get an audit?
A financial review is required if a full audit is not available. A nonprofit’s Board members may be a good resource for contacts with experience or background in accounting, who can provide a basic financial review, pro bono or at low cost.
Is there an appeals process? What discretion does the County Board have in evaluating applications and offering awards?
There is no formal appeals process because this NOFA process has been rigorously designed to maximize access, transparency, and accountability. The County Board will not be evaluating or scoring applications. Applications that are evaluated, scored and identified for award by the review panel, will be presented to the County Board for its final approval. The County Board has the discretion to expand funding to make additional awards beyond those presented, in the order in which they were rank scored by the review panel.
Can proposals focus on other forms of equity beyond racial equity, such as gender or disability?
Yes. While the primary area is racial equity, the County considers all forms of inequities.
How will small organizations compete with those who can afford professional grant writers?
Technical assistance sessions will be offered to help mitigate the inequitable benefit or deficit that some organizations may have. The application process has been designed to maximize the various ways grant proposals can be submitted without the use of a professional grant writer. This includes audio submissions.
If the applications are looked at as need statements, what about the needs that aren’t funded? Is the County going to be tracking those at all?
This NOFA is not designed to be a needs assessment. The basis of this NOFA is that nonprofit organizations closest to and in the community, are best situated to understand needs to be filled. As the NOFA is evaluated over time, trends in programs, projects and organizations funded will be reported to the County Board.
Is there an ability to provide feedback on the application process?
Yes. The County will be looking for feedback from those who are engaged with the process more broadly, including but not limited to applicants, reviewers, the BIPOC leadership Group, and the internal NOFA development team.
How long should the application take?
This NOFA was designed to be streamlined and accessible for all applicants, regardless of their prior grant submission experience. While the amount of time for any individual organization may vary, the NOFA application has been designed to be completed within up to 15 hours to minimize the burden on applicants.
Are we parsing out different services to spread the funding across the service areas?
No. There are no categories or groupings of service areas being considered under this NOFA. All applications will be considered together based on their responses to the NOFA in demonstrating community and human service needs, for either general operations or a program or project to meet that need, up to the amount of funding available for grant awards.
What will be the structure of the technical assistance sessions (where will community/TA sessions be hosted)? In person, virtual, central location, etc.?
The sessions will be a combination of in-person at multiple locations in Arlington, hybrid, and virtual. The sessions will be recorded so they will be available afterwards. Details available here.
How long will data/applications be maintained?
Information received will be stored and maintained consistent with the County’s retention policies.
NEW: Will this be offered in future years?
Future funding is dependent on allocation of funds.