The Grants in Aid Advisory Commission released its recommendations for grant proposals to the Honolulu City Council. The commission was able to recommended funding for 41 of the 134 proposals submitted for a total of approximately $5.13 million, with $1.02 million designated for our District.
Grant proposals were scored by an independent commission on a scale of 1 to 100, with the score being used to determine recommendations for funding.
The Grants in Aid Advisory Commission spent countless hours reviewing proposals and worked hard to ensure grant recommendations were merit-based using fair, transparent and objective criteria.
The recommendations were introduced by resolution (13-173) for approval by the Honolulu City Council.
Mahalo to all the organizations that applied for these competitive grants. Your commitment to our communities serves as a shining example to us all.
The Grants in Aid Fund was created by a charter amendment approved by voters in November 2012. The amendment mandates that half a percent of the City’s general fund be set aside for the fund, intended for qualified non-profit organizations which serve economically and/or socially disadvantaged populations or provide services for public benefit in the areas of arts, culture, economic development, or the environment.
GIA COMMISSION CRITERIA & FUNDING PRIORITIES
1. District priority needs
2. Quality of plan (activities, measures, timeline, budget, etc.)
3. Experience & expertise
4. Plan for sustainability
5. Organization need
• Did the organization receive other funding (City or other)
• Is the organization in good standing with the City
REVIEW AND SELECTION PROCESS
• Applications were received and reviewed by Budget & Fiscal Services
• Received and reviewed by DCS Office of Special Projects (OSP)
• June 28, 2013 proposals provided to Grants-in-Aid Advisory Commission which evaluated the applications in accordance with the criteria set forth in the grant solicitations
• The Commission submitted its recommendations to the City Council on July 31, 2013
• The City Council will now review the recommendations in the August 21, 2013 Budget Committee, before selecting the activities to be funded
• Grant Agreement
• 10% Advance payment and 80% Payment requests based on agreed upon performance objectives
• Quarterly reports (due by 15th day following close of quarter)
• Inspections and Monitoring
• 10% Final payment
• Final report (due within 90 days) & closing