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Grant Proposal Period:

What is the deadline to submit a proposal for the Community INNOVATION Grant?

The deadline to submit a proposal was Friday, April 14 at 5pm.

When will the Community INNOVATION Grant applicants be notified of award decisions?

Applicants will be notified by June 30, 2023.

Is assistance available for completing the Community INNOVATION Grant proposal application, budget and W-9 requirements?

The Community INNOVATION Grant is a competitive grant program. Due to the competitive nature of the grant process, thread cannot provide assistance surrounding the project specifics or completing the application.

For technical assistance, the following resources are available:

Can the same organization/community/partnership submit multiple grant proposals for different projects and be awarded multiple grants?

There are two grant opportunities: IMPROVE Child Care grant and the Community INNOVATION grant. Applicants are encouraged to apply for the grant program that best fits the project’s goals, scope and budget, and the grant eligibility guidelines.

If there are multiple goals within the proposed project, please include them together in one project proposal. This is a competitive grant, and proposals will be measured against all received applications within the funds available. Projects may be funded fully, partially, or declined based on the review process.

How many Community INNOVATION Grants will be awarded?

The number of grants awarded will depend on the submitted proposals.

What is the total amount of funding available for the IMPROVE Child Care Grant and the Community INNOVATION Grant programs?

Approximately $8 million will be awarded between two grant programs.

Will there be any effort to make sure some level of funding gets allocated throughout the entire state, including rural communities?

Yes, the intent of the Community INNOVATION Grant is to support the needs of communities across Alaska, including rural and remote communities.

What is a community partnership?

For the purpose of this grant, a community is defined as a regional area, a group of individuals, a group that represents a combined need in the child care sector, or child care adjacent services. Partnership refers to multiple groups within a community who intend to work together on a project.

For rural programs, does community mean the borough/village or can it be regional partnerships?

It can be both borough/village or regional partnerships.

Is a resolution required for tribal entities proposing a project that serves a regional area across several tribes/communities?

No, a tribal resolution is not needed. Documentation of eligibility is required for the lead/fiscal sponsor agency/organization.

Can a nonprofit licensed child care center, or school district apply for the Community INNOVATION Grant with the plan to support the community? If not, can they apply as the fiscal sponsor/lead business in partnership with a closed (due to COVID) child care entity to support reopening?

Eligible applicants include: nonprofits, government entities, federally recognized tribes, private businesses with a State of Alaska business license in good standing. School districts count as a government agency.

If more than one entity in a community is interested in applying, collaborative partnerships are encouraged.

The application states that an applicant can request an extended timeline. What does that mean?

All awarded projects are expected to be completed by June 30, 2025. If the project requires an extended timeline please include the proposed completion date in the proposal, as well as an explanation for the proposed change. All proposed extended timelines will have to be approved.

If the applicant is unable to submit a proposal by the application deadline, will another grant opportunity be available in the near future?

At this time, no other grant opportunities are planned.

How are grants evaluated and scored?
  • Project proposals will be reviewed, evaluated and awarded based on the following criteria for the Community INNOVATION Grant:
    • Project Design: Key activities are clearly described; methodology is very effective
    • Community Impact & Partnerships: Need is extremely significant; has clearly identified system change; data is compelling and valid; planning includes clearly identified or existing community partnerships
    • Project Timeline & Outcomes: Method of measurement(s) is clearly described; degree of change is particularly significant; number served is very high; project timeline is extremely logical and appropriate for project scope
    • Sustainability: Has excellent plan for sustainability after funding ends
    • Project Budget: Has very clearly described and appropriate cost for its scope
  • This is a competitive grant, and proposals will be measured against all received applications within the funds available. During the scoring process, emphasis will be placed on the Project Design criteria and Community Impact & Partnership criteria. Projects may be funded fully, partially, or declined based on the review process.
What types of projects are allowed?

There are minimal funding restrictions as to types of projects allowed. Creativity is encouraged. Due to the federal source of grant funds, project costs are allowable for any activities that are outlined under the CCDBG Act and CCDF regulations, as long as the activities are responding to impacts of COVID-19.

Is the budget range of $100,000 – $2,000,000 per year, until 2025? Are in kind (monetary or non-monetary) or matching funds required?

If awarded, this is a one-time funding source. No match is required, but partnerships are encouraged.

If the proposed project budget is outside of the grant range of $100,000 – $2,000,000, can the applicant still apply?

Yes, projects are expected to likely fall within this range, but may be considered outside the posted range.

Can the grant help cover the cost to purchase an already existing building and then be used to renovate that building?

No, grant funds may not be used for new building/capital projects. Due to the federal source of grant funds, project costs are allowable for any activities that are outlined under the CCDBG Act and CCDF regulations, as long as the activities are responding to impacts of COVID-19.

Can project funding be used to build a facility or add an addition?

No. Major construction is excluded by the funding source. Construction means the erection of a facility that does not currently exist. Federal guidelines are available here.

Major renovation means:

  • Structural changes to the foundation, roof, floor, exterior, or load-bearing walls of a facility or the extension of a facility to increase its floor area.
  • Extensive alteration of a facility such as to significantly change its function and purpose even if such renovation does not include any structural change.

See the minor renovation question below for more information on what is allowable.

What is defined as (minor) renovation?

Minor renovation, including to make programs inclusive for children and family members with disabilities. Minor renovations may also include: Upgrading the kitchen to add safe electrical outlets, fix plumbing fixtures, repainting walls with non-toxic paint, renovating and updating bathrooms (e.g., sink, faucet, toilet, etc.) to ensure age-appropriateness and child safety, replacing cabinets with an adequate storage space for each child’s personal belongings, installing rails and ramps that are accessible to individuals with disabilities, updating a sidewalk to provide a safe pathway for children, building or upgrading a playground, replacing fire sprinklers, carbon monoxide detectors, and smoke detection systems, replacing windows or doors, completing a minor roof repair. Removing non-load bearing walls to create additional space for social distancing.

What information is required for the detailed project budget? Are cost estimates or quotes required?

The project budget should include all the revenue and expenses for the proposed project. Cost estimates or quotes for project work may be submitted with the project budget.

Is there a specific budget narrative or spreadsheet template that needs to be submitted?

No, applicants should submit a detailed budget specific to their project.

If a community has already started to address the child care deficit and has received funding for the work that’s already been completed and on-going, does that need to be included in the budget?

The project budget should be forward facing, and represent the proposed project plan.

What is realize vs. pending funding?

Realize is funding that is secured for the project. Pending is funding that is expected.

Can administrative costs and contingency line items allow for inflation costs? If so, what is the percentage allocation allowed?

Please include a detailed budget listing all revenue and expenses. The budget should represent the project being proposed today. Planning is an eligible cost item.

Can the grant be used to cover salaries of employees working on the proposed project?

A detailed budget of all revenue and expenses is required to apply. It is up to the applicant to identify the project’s revenue and expense categories in the detailed project budget.

What is the percentage allowed for indirect?

There is no federal indirect cost requirement.

May the funds be invested into an endowment account to support the sustainability of programing?

Due to the federal source of grant funds, project costs are allowable for any activities that are outlined under the CCDBG Act and CCDF regulations, as long as the activities are responding to impacts of COVID-19. We encourage applicants to be creative with their submissions.

If awarded, is the Community INNOVATION Grant tax exempt?

No, the Community INNOVATION Grant is not tax exempt. There may be tax implications for your program/organization/partnership if awarded funding. Please consult with the IRS, an accountant, or tax specialist for guidance.

What reporting will be required during the grant period?

Regular reporting will be required. The criteria, format, and frequency have not been fully determined and may be project dependent. This information will be shared with awarded projects.

Can multiple documents be bundled and submitted together on the application?

The application has several required fields. Multiple documents can be bundled together and submitted, but information will need to be submitted in all required fields.