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2019-2020 Community Action Partnership of Staunton, Augusta, and Waynesboro (CAPSAW) Grants

Grants to Virginia Nonprofits and Agencies to
Promote Employment and Economic Security

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Community Action Partnership of Staunton, Augusta, and Waynesboro (CAPSAW)

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01/19/18 Midnight Receipt


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to over $30,000 to Virginia nonprofit organizations and local government agencies to promote stable employment and economic security in the Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro and Augusta County. Emphasis is placed on programs and services benefitting low-income households.

CAPSAW partners with programs focused on increasing opportunity and the capacity of the local region to attain improved social and economic security. Support is also provided to those that enhance existing efforts to develop services where none currently exist. Reducing poverty and increasing self-sufficiency is a daunting task. Success depends on engagement and innovation within a structured approach supported by various sectors of the community.

CAPSAW’s strategic objectives represent the foundation and supports of a financial security framework. Applications should address barriers to economic security identified in the CAPSAW Community Needs Assessment. Proposed programs/services must principally benefit low-income individuals and families.

The Community Action Partnership of Staunton, Augusta, and Waynesboro (CAPSAW) is issuing this Request for Proposals to solicit applications for funding made available through the Federal Community Services Block Grants (CSBG), State Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Grant (TANF), local funding provided by Augusta County, the City of Staunton, and the City of Waynesboro and other funding sources as they are available.


CAPSAW is required to conduct a Community Needs Assessment in accordance with agency planning efforts every three years. The most recent report was issued in FY 15, updated in FY 17 and is available on the CAPSAW website. Work is currently underway to complete a new community needs assessment with a report expected in FY 18.

This report represents CAPSAW’s assessment of the needs and resources for low and moderate income residents, social/human service providers, stakeholders and the wider community. The 2016 – 2020 Strategic Plan is also available on the website and was developed based on the Community Needs Assessment report. CAPSAW will only consider funding applications that are consistent with those documents. Other eligibility requirements can be found below. Eligible programs must provide at least one service as described on Attachment: Proposed Services and Outcomes. Successful applications will include projections for multiple outcomes.

Proposed programs/services must principally benefit low and moderate income individuals and families in Staunton, Waynesboro and/or Augusta County. The income limits for Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) funding are included within the application. Partner agencies will receive updated current year income limits when they are released and are required to follow them.

If an application is submitted by faith based organizations, outreach efforts and service delivery must be conducted regardless of program beneficiary faith affiliation. Programs and services may not be marketed or offered exclusively to members of the sponsoring organization’s religious affiliation or denomination.

Activities must be delivered from a location that is accessible to all potential beneficiaries or an alternative means of service delivery to people with disabilities must be identified.

It is important to note that funded programs must principally benefit people whose income is at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Index. The index is Appendix 1 of the application document. Agencies receiving these funds must retain documentation demonstrating that the funds were for human service provision to eligible households. In some cases eligibility is extended to residents at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Index. CAPSAW staff will discuss this funding stream with selected applicants only. Open beneficiary programs that cannot accurately and realistically demonstrate demographic and income data of clientele served are not appropriate for this funding stream.

Proposed Employment Services:

Skills Training and Opportunities for Experience
-Vocational Training
-On the Job and other Work Experience
-Youth Summer Work Placements
-Self-Employment/Skills Training
-Job readiness Training

Career Counseling:

Job Search:
-Resume Development
-Interview Skills Training
-Job Referrals
-Job Placements
-Pre-employment physicals, background checks, etc.

Post-Employment Supports:
-Interaction with employers

Employment Supplies
-Employment Supplies

Use of Funds:

Reimbursable costs include staff salaries, utilities, project supplies and other resources used within the contract period. Specific regulations are outlined in Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 2 CFR part 225 (formerly OMB Circular A-87 Cost Principles for State, Local and Indian Tribal Governments).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 138456

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual awards range from $5,000 to over $30,000.

Funding levels are anticipated to be reduced for this application cycle due to anticipated cuts at the federal level.

Term of Contract:

Contracts will be awarded for one year, beginning July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. Year two contracts for July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020 will be negotiated in the spring of 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility is limited to organizations able to demonstrate proof of nonprofit status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, AND to departments of local government organizations either located in or currently operating programs within the City of Staunton, City of Waynesboro, and/or Augusta County.

Open beneficiary programs that cannot accurately and realistically demonstrate demographic and income data of the clientele served will not be considered for this funding stream.

Any entity employed by or under contract with an organization represented on the CAPSAW board, or vice versa, may apply for funding; however, such applications may not be reviewed or discussed by that CAPSAW board member. Similarly, any agency involved at the executive level of CAPSAW cannot discuss or participate in the review of an application submitted by their agency.

Improvements to structures, mortgage payments, debt repayment, fundraising and other non-program related expenses are not allowable.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Training on this grant application will be held at the United Way, 24 Idlewood Blvd., Staunton on November 8th at 10:00 AM.

Pre-Application Information:

Between $195,000 and $330,000 total have been awarded in previous cycles.

There is no match requirement; however, CAPSAW funds cannot be used as a match for other federal grants.

All proposals must be received via email no later than midnight on Friday, January 19, 2018.

This is a reimbursement based grant, meaning that approved funds will be provided to contracted agencies after expenses have been incurred.

-October 23, 2017: Request for Proposals is issued
-November 8, 2017: Application Training 10:00 AM
-January 19, 2018: Deadline for receipt of proposals

Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 2 CFR part 225:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia: Augusta County, the City of Staunton, and the City of Waynesboro