COMMUNITY ACTION GRANT PROGRAM

IN ACCORDANCE WITH RESOLUTION 24-07:

The Community Action Grant Committee Meetings have been placed on hold  until the Third Quarter of 2024, Application Period Opens July 29-August 27, 2024.

Purpose 

The City of Bethel has established a Community Action Grant (CAG) Program to allow community organizations and individuals to request financial support from the City for civic programs or events that contribute to the health, welfare and overall lives of the residents of Bethel, especially its most vulnerable populations.

The purpose of the grant program is to advance and enhance the community’s opportunities, sustainability, and wellbeing. The City encourages projects and programs with components that foster community wellness, directly impact the community’s vulnerable populations and/or provide civic engagement of Bethel residents and project beneficiaries.

Funding

The City Council has certain statutory and fiscal limitations on the aggregate amount of municipal funds it can set aside for donations to community projects. The amount of grant awards available to disseminate on behalf of all the applicants is dictated by the amount which is set aside by the City Council during the annual budget preparaion process. The Council has committed to budget an amount equal to 20% of the revenue generated from the alcohol tax to health, public safety, and social services that offset the effects of alcohol in the community.

The amounts contributed shall be accounted for in the Community Action Grant Fund, a special revenue fund. Annual distributions to grantees from the Community Action Grant Fund cannot exceed the available resources of the Fund or other limits established by City Council.

Funding Exclusions  

Indirect costs that are not traceable to a program, product, or activity; application of an indirect rate to cover overhead costs;

• In-kind donations, including gift cards;

• Nationally-sponsored organizations(such as, but not limited to, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Children's Miracle Network and United Way);

• Memberships, including association/chamber memberships;

• Organizations that deny service, membership or other involvement on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, age national origin, ancestry, citizenship, veteran, disability or any other protected status;

• Organizations whose programming or policies may portray the City of Bethel in a negative light;

• Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns;

• Projects that send products or people to foreign countries or on domestic travel;

• Registration fees;

• Projects or programs that sponsor, endorse or provide in-kind services for any programs or events that will or may promote tobacco or marijuana products, gambling, sexually related products or services, the sale or manufacturing of firearms or weapons, or products or services that are contrary to the interest of public health, safety or welfare;

• Requests made on behalf of another organization or by an unauthorized representative of the recipient organization; • Scholarships and/or the payment of tuition, room, board, other expenses for college/university/vocational school or conference/training attendance;

• Third-party giving, including funds that are re-allocated to fiscally sponsored organizations;

• Tickets for contests, raffles, prizes or any games of chance or skill.

Application Process

Applicants must submit the CAG application packet to cag@cityofbethel.net on or before the deadline. Late submissions will not be accepted. Incomplete submissions will be given a due date to provide missing items. If the due date is not met, the proposal will be rejected. Applications will not be carried over from one quarter to the next.

The application packet must include:

• Community Action Grant Cover Page

• Community Action Grant Project Summary

• If applicable, verification of the organization’s or fiscal agency’s tax exempt status.

• If applicable, current and prior-year operating budgets, including expenses and revenues, sources of revenue received and those pending, to include in-kind;

• If applicable, most recent annual financial statement (audited, if available);

• List of key project/program staff members responsible for overseeing and carrying out the grant and a one-paragraph resume for each one.