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Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find a list of commonly asked questions regarding the current Community Services/Mental Health Substance Use Disorder/Community Mobilization application process. For additional information, click here.

What is the period of the Community Services grant?  

Community Services grants will be a two-year allocation, for the 2015-2016 biennium, starting January 1, 2015 ending December 31, 2016.


 What is the period of the Community Development Block Grant and Emergency Solutions Grant? 


Community Development Block Grant and Emergency Solutions Grant will be a two-year allocation, for the 2016-2017 biennium, starting July 1, 2016 ending June, 2017. Contracts for CDBG and ESG funded projects will be for one year. The second year of funding will be contingent on program performance and funding availability.


What priority do I apply under?

Unfortunately, we cannot advise you regarding what Funding Priority your program should apply under.  Read through the Funding Priorities, Service Categories, and Goals to determine which application to complete. Programs that meet more than one priority should select the best fit (based on services delivered) and apply under that area. Can we apply for more than one funding source?Yes, programs may apply for more than one source of funding (i.e. Community Services, MH/SUD, or Community Mobilization, CDBG and ESG) Programs must submit a separate application for each funding source. Programs applying for Community Services and CDBG funding may only apply under one funding priority (e.g. a program cannot apply under Prepare Children and Youth for Success and Meets Basic Needs of Tacoma Residents or in the case of CDBG a program cannot apply for both Housing Stabilization Services and Economic Stabilization Services). Who decides which programs get funded?The Human Services Commission is a citizen panel that reads and scores each application in most funding processes. Programs applying under ESG are reviewed by a citizen review panel.   The Human Services Commission also makes funding recommendations to City Council for approval.When will we know if we will receive funding?For the current CDBG/ESG funding process, we are estimating that you will know the results of the process by mid May, 2016.How do I answer questions that do not relate to my selected service category?If the question does not relate to your selected service category or selected goal, answer “N/A.”  All fields require a text response.

Should the proposed service outputs for 2015-2016 reflect one-year goals or two-year goals?
Outputs should reflect one-year (annual) goals.  For example, “unduplicated number of Tacoma residents served” should identify the total number of City clients that will be served during the first year of the contract (January to December 2015).
Are the budget forms based on one year or two years?
All of the program budget forms are based on two years to match the length of the contract period.  Current expenses and revenues should reflect the 2015-2016 biennium (July 2015 to June 2016), and proposed expenses and revenues should reflect the 2016-2017 biennium (July 2016 to June 2017).  The only budget form that is not based on two years is the agency revenue form.  This form should reflect the total agency budget for the organization’s current fiscal year.  The organization’s fiscal period is agency-specific. It is not determined by the City. 

I have completed my first draft of the Grant Application; can I get feedback on what has been completed so far?

If there is an area where you need assistance clarifying a question, we are happy to do that.  However, we do not review applications for completion.  It is up to the agency to ensure they have completed all of the correct areas.