Community Projects Grant

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The annual Community Projects Grant is made available through an agreement between the City and Waste Management to fund community projects and programs that benefit Simi Valley. Annual funding of approximately $150,000 is available through this grant for local 501 (c)(3) non-profit organizations in support of community projects and programs. The funding is disbursed at the recommendation of the Community Projects Grant (CPG) Review Committee (Review Committee) and final discretion of the City Council. Please review the upcoming meeting dates for the CPG Review Committee.   

The application period for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-20 is from February 8 to February 27, 2019. Submitted applications will be made available for public review at multiple public meetings held by the Review Committee on April 23, 2019, and May 8, 2019. All projects must be completed, and all funds expended, by June 30, 2020. Any unspent funding must be returned to the City.  Applications and scopes of work from the prior year are available to review.

For further information about the CPG program's funding eligibility and grant terms, you may contact the Community Services Department at (805) 583-6864. For those applicants needing to obtain or renew their business tax certificate, information on the application process is available online or by phone. 

Community Projects Grant Application Workshop

A voluntary workshop was held on Thursday, February 7, 2019, in the Simi Valley Public Library Community Room. The workshop provided an overview of the application review process and allows applicants to ask questions of City staff.  The presentation materials from the workshop are available as a reference to applicants.


Community Projects Grant Review Committee

The Review Committee reviews funding requests from local 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations for projects and programs serving the community and makes recommendations to the City Council for funding awards. The Review Committee consists of one representative from each of the four Neighborhood Councils, one representative from the Council On Aging, one representative from the Youth Council, one representative from the community, and alternates for each position. Representatives are nominated by their representing committee and are appointed by the City Council. Terms for the representatives end when the City Council awards the annual funding.

April 23, 2019 Review Committee Meeting 

This meeting allows for the Review Committee to receive an orientation by staff and decide how it will evaluate funding requests and the process for formulating its final recommendation. The April 23, 2019 Review Committee meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Smi Valley Senior Center Room 106/107 (3900 Avenida Simi).

May 8, 2019 Review Committee Meeting 

The eligible organizations will be given an opportunity to present their funding requests to the Review Committee on May 8, 2019. Prior to this meeting the Review Committee members will review all funding requests based on the benefits and needs identified in each program or project on an individual basis.

The Review Committee’s recommendations will be presented to the City Council at one of its June 2019 meetings.

The May 8, 2019 Review Committee meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be located at the Simi Valley Senior Center Room 106/107 (3900 Avenida Simi).

E-Notification

Interested organizations are encouraged to sign up for e-notify to receive email information about the grant program including Community Projects Grant Review Committee meetings, variances in meeting dates, and to stay informed regarding current and future CPG updates.

Annual Awards

A total of 34 funding requests were received during the FY 2018-19 funding cycle. All awarded funding for FY 2019-20 must be spent by June 30, 2020. Additional information about the awarded agencies and the amount awarded can be found in the below table.

Awarded Agencies Requested Amount Funded Amount
Area Housing Authority of the County of Ventura $20,000 $10,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County $15,000 $15,000
Free Clinic of Simi Valley $25,000 $15,000
Friends of Simi Valley Explorers 2910 $16,000 $15,000
Long Term Care Services of Ventura County, Inc. $25,000 $15,000
Many Mansions $10,000 $10,000
My Kaleidoscope Project $13,495 $10,000
Simi at the Garden, Inc. $39,902 $15,000
Simi Valley Education Foundation $17,500 $10,000
Simi Valley Family YMCA $15,000 $10,000
The ARC of Ventura County $20,000 $10,000
The Samaritan Center $20,000 $15,000
Total $236,897 $150,000

Questions

For further information about the Community Projects Grant Program, please call (805) 583-6864.

 

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