Below, please find the questions and answers from the applicant technical assistance call that was held on October 15, 2019.
Can you provide any insight from the DVPF Funding Advisory Committee about what they are looking to see out of proposals? Are they looking to fund new projects? For those who have been funded in the past, do they want to see those projects continued?
The Funding Advisory Committee is an independent body that makes decisions on awards. It is made up of representatives from the RICADV’s Board of Directors, the RI Department of Health, the RI Department of Human Services, the RI Office of the Attorney General, and the RI Office of the General Treasurer.
Past DVPF grant recipients should lift up any findings or results from their previously funded work that help frame the successes of their projects and make a case for the funding to be continued.
I would also point your attention to a new section of the RFP entitled Empowerment Approach. This new criteria applies to both Implementation Projects (page 7) and Community Micro-grants (page 9). The committee will be looking at how well proposals align to this new criteria.
The RFP includes two types of grants, Implementation Projects and Community Micro-grants. What are your thoughts on organizations applying for each type of grant at the same time for similar projects, to increase the chances of being funded?
There are no restrictions on applying for each type of grant at the same time. Simultaneous applications for Implementation Projects and Community Micro-grants by the same organization or individual are permitted.
For Community Micro-grant proposals, the RFP states that short-term projects must supplement or enhance an existing program. Can you provide an example?
Community Micro-grants, which are short-term projects ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, cannot be used as start-up funding due to the time and resources necessary to plan and implement new standalone programs.
An example of a past Community Micro-grant that supplemented or enhanced an existing program is a local pastor partnering with Progreso Latino to conduct a film series for Spanish-speaking Latino community members. This project built on the organization’s existing activities and related strategies in the community. The infrastructure for the program and network of community members already being in place made it possible to plan and implement the film series in a short amount of time.
If an individual who is a leader in the community and has an interest in improving conditions in the community but isn’t part of an organization, is it possible for that person to apply for DVPF grants?
Yes, individuals can apply for DVPF grants by partnering with a local fiscal agent, which must be an established 501(c)(3) organization that has been operating for at least 2 years.
Can applicants format the Work Plan in a table due to the page limit?
Yes, as long as proposals do not exceed the page limit, applicants can use tables to organize and present information.
For the section on Empowerment Approach, should applicants be referencing the Work Plan and the specific project in the proposal, or referencing their broader organizational work and program models, demonstrating that this approach is consistent in all that they do? Or should applicants do both?
The Empowerment Approach section pertains to the specific project outlined in the proposal. This section is new to the RFP this year, so the more information applicants can provide, the better the Funding Advisory Committee will be able to understand how the proposal meets this criteria. Applicants are welcome to describe the empowerment approach of both the specific project in the proposal and their organization as a whole.
I only see a template for the proposed budget. Am I missing a template for the grant narrative? How many pages total is the RFP?
The RFP is 12 pages total, and the proposed budget template appears on the last page. There is no formal template provided for the grant narrative. In their proposals, applicants should respond to each section of the RFP, respective to the type of DVPF grant they are applying for, and adhere to the formatting guidelines and page limit.
As we continue to review the RFP and look into the resources and materials linked therein, can we reach out to you with additional questions?
Yes, please feel free to contact me with questions at email@example.com or 401-467-9940. Depending on the question, there may be limitations to the kind of information I can provide, and we may post the question and answer to this page of our website for transparency purposes.