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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a City of Tacoma Make a Splash grant?

You can find the application online or request one to be mailed to you, email Makeasplash@cityoftacoma.org or call (253) 502-2122. Print the application and either mail (Attn: Sandi Holdener, City of Tacoma, 326 East D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421-1801), or email makeasplash@cityoftacoma.org. Applications will be accepted beginning April 22, 2016, and are due by May 20, 2016. Applications postmarked after May 20 will not be accepted.

 

When will Make a Splash grants be awarded?

Grants are typically awarded by August of the award year. Reimbursable expenditures can be made between receipt of the executed contract and August 31 of the following year.

 

How can I get help in developing my project idea or filling out the Make a Splash application?

Can I as an individual apply for and receive grant funds?

Yes. However, as an individual be aware that the money you receive must be claimed on your yearly taxes. The City suggests partnering with a 501(c) (3) nonprofit group or other fiscal agent and have them accept the money on your behalf.

 

How many applications can I or my organization submit?

The City encourages everyone to apply with as many projects/events as they would like, however, individuals, groups or organizations may not win more than two in each grant cycle.

 

What can grant money be spent on?

Grant money can be applied toward costs that are identified in the approved project budget. This includes transportation and materials. Up to 10 percent of the grant may be spent on food. Grant money can cover up to 20 percent of personnel or labor costs for project/event development, oversight and coordination. The grants cannot fund construction labor or digital cameras, video cameras or other electronic equipment.

 

What happens when I am awarded a Make a Splash grant? How soon can I expect the money?

You will be notified by email or mail about the grant award, and you will receive a City of Tacoma Statement of Services (SOS) contract to sign and W-9 for tax purposes. It is important that these forms are filled out accurately and completely with your social security number (if you are an individual) or your Tax ID number (if you’re a group/business/organization) as well as the correct mailing address. Once a contract is signed by the grantee, the contract is routed for City signature.  Monies should not be spent until a fully executed contract is returned to the grantee.

 

The grants are funded in a pay as you go format. As you complete the work, you or your organization will invoice the City (with a Make a Splash grant invoice) for grant-related expenses and will get reimbursed up to the allotted amount of your Make a Splash grant. This may take up to 30 days.

 

For more information about the Make a Splash environmental grant program, please contact Sandi Holdener, City of Tacoma Environmental Services, (253) 502-2122, or makeasplash@cityoftacoma.org.

 

The Make a Splash program is supported by user fees from the City's Surface Water Management utility.