Cam­bridge to of­fer Hu­man Ser­vices Grant pro­gram

Dorchester Star - - News -

CAM­BRIDGE — As part of its pro­posed FY18 bud­get, the City of Cam­bridge will award $25,000 to non-profit and gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions through­out the city us­ing its Hu­man Ser­vice Grant pro­gram.

Ap­pli­ca­tions will be made avail­able on­line at choose­cam­, at the Depart­ment of Pub­lic works, 1025 Washington Street, or at City Hall, 410 Academy Street.

An ori­en­ta­tion meet­ing will be held on Wed­nes­day, May 10 in the Pub­lic Safety Build­ing Train­ing room, 8 Washington Street, from 2 to 3 p.m., to answer ques­tions and to as­sist ap­pli­cants in fill­ing out the re­quired form. Com­pleted ap­pli­ca­tions will be due Fri­day, May 26, and grants will be awarded in July.

The se­lec­tion com­mit­tee will be made up of one per­son from each of the five elec­tion dis­tricts in Cam­bridge, as well as one at-large res­i­dent nom­i­nated by Mayor Vic­to­ria Jack­son-Stan­ley.

Grantees are re­quired to be in good stand­ing with the IRS and State of Mary­land, and will need to re­port on the com­ple­tion of their project no later than March 30, 2018. Or­ga­ni­za­tions which are not non-profit are urged to part­ner with an or­ga­ni­za­tion with non-profit or char­i­ta­ble sta­tus.

The se­lec­tion com­mit­tee will have four con­sid­er­a­tions, and score pro­grams based on the fol­low­ing:

Need for Ser­vices (25 points): How much is the pro­gram needed in the com­mu­nity, and does it ad­dress one of the City Coun­cil’s ten­ta­tive coun­cil goals – hous­ing, early child­hood devel­op­ment, ed­u­ca­tion or em­ploy­ment?

Strength of Plan (25 points): Is the pro­gram de­signed to have a pos­i­tive im­pact, and are staff qual­i­fied to de­liver the pro­gram ef­fec­tively? Is the pro­gram cost ef­fec­tive and is there a clear way to mea­sure re­sults?

Or­ga­ni­za­tional Strength (25 points): Is the pro­gram a col­labora­tive ef­fort be­tween more than one or­ga­ni­za­tion, and is there ad­e­quate ad­min­is­tra­tive ca­pac­ity to pro­vide the pro­gram? Does the or­ga­ni­za­tion have a track record of com­plet­ing ser­vices, and are there any match­ing funds avail­able?

Di­ver­sity (25 points): Does the pro­gram reach un­der­served and eth­ni­cally di­verse peo­ple through­out the en­tire city? Does the pro­gram have a track record of reach­ing a wide range of peo­ple?

For more information about the Hu­man Ser­vices Grant process, please con­tact Larry See­berger at City Hall, (410) 228-4020.

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