I have questions about what is required to submit a grant and the requirements.
You can find all Grant docs on this website. Under the Grants option you can find the following:
- Grant Process,
- Grant Policy (PDF)
- Grant Application (PDF)
- Grant Exemption Request (PDF)
- Grant Training Presentation (PowerPoint)
- Grants Awarded (last cycle), Grant Recipients – 1974 to Present.
Please review specifically the Grant Policy document as this is the provides the guiding principles of the DBL Grant Process.
Our organization has a negotiated contract with a vendor that guarantees us the lowest price and per the contract we are required to use them for purchases. Our grant request will be for products from this vendor, so we are not able to provide 2 bids.
If 2 bids are not able to be provided with the Grant Application then submit the Grant Exception Request form (found online) to the Grant Chair for the committee to review. If approved, then the Exception Request must be submitted with the Grant Application and will serve as in place of the 2nd bid. If a second bid can not be provided for ANY reason an Exception Request form must be submitted to the committee.
Our organization has received DBL Grants in the past, but we now operate under a new name and our tax-exempt status from the IRS is only 2 years old for the new name. Can we still apply for a DBL grant?
A 501(c)(3) form with the name of the organization which will appear on the Grant Application must show tax exempt status for at least 3 years (Grant Policy). If the organization is new, then you will need to wait until you meet the 3-year requirement. If the organization has just gone through a name change then you can submit an Exception Request form to the committee for consideration given the history.
Our board is not local as we have a large service area however we provide resources in the DBL service area and have offices and staff locally. Will this disqualify us for a DBL Grant?
DBL Grant Policy states that a Grant Recipient must ‘be locally governed, that is, have a governing or advisory board with local representation.” It is advised to submit an Exception Request to the Grant Committee explaining the particulars of your board and service area. This will allow the committee to pre-determine the eligibility.
Our agency is small and does not pay for an annual audit as these can be expensive. Will this impact our Grant eligibility?
For agencies that do not have an annual audit and thus do not have an auditor’s opinion letter then it is expected that either an audit committee or the board is performing regular audit/reviews of financials. A letter from the audit committee or the board should be submitted with the Grant Application that addresses the audit/review process and include a general statement on the organization’s financial health. Without an audit or a letter from the audit committee/board it will be difficult for the committee to consider your application complete.
Our agency provides services to anyone in the community if they attend church services once a month. How will this impact our ability to apply for a DBL Grant?
DBL Grants will not be awarded to organizations that ‘require religious affiliation, specific belief, or participation to receive any of its services”, per our Grant Policy. Please review section IV of the DBL Grant Policy for additional clarification.
I have questions that I can’t find answered online or in the Grant Policy, what should I do next?
Reach out to the DBL Grant Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org for additional help related to grants.