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Neighborhood Organization Matching Grant Program

Grants to Santa Monica, California Nonprofit Neighborhood
Organizations to Promote Membership

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City of Santa Monica

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03/30/20 5:30 PM PST


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Grants of up to $4,000 to Santa Monica, California nonprofit neighborhood organizations to assist with membership recruiting activities and improve communication with local residents. Funding is intended to support a broad range of projects, such as advertising, newsletters, neighborhood surveys, computer purchases, database development, and workshop training programs.

The Neighborhood Organization Matching Grant Program is designed to support projects and activities to further communication and build membership from within the neighborhood the organization represents. Creativity is encouraged.

Eligible projects and activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Publishing and distributing a newsletter or meeting announcements.
  • Purchasing ads announcing meetings and events.
  • Hiring a student intern to coordinate mailings.
  • Purchasing a computer for use in preparing written materials or maintaining a website so long as the computer is used consistent with the terms of the grant, including the restrictions on the use of funds.
  • Installing/maintaining a phone/fax/Internet connection dedicated to organization business.
  • Implementing or participating in an event aimed at improving communication and increasing membership.
  • Conducting a neighborhood interest survey.
  • Developing an organization database.
  • Participating in workshops or training programs to help the organization’s leadership develop community organizing and outreach skills and strategies. 

The intent of this program is to allow neighborhood organizations flexibility in using the matching funds for communication and membership-building purposes, without heavy city oversight or intrusion into organization affairs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 141658

Estimated Size of Grant:

The City of Santa Monica is accepting proposals for up to $4,000 in funding.

Term of Contract:

City funds may only be used for expenses incurred between July 1, 2019 and June 15, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to be considered for funding, applicants must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:
- Represent a commonly recognized neighborhood within Santa Monica;
- Possess tax-exempt status as a nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)(3) or Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Service Code or Section 23701(d) or 23701(f) of the California State Franchise Tax Code;
- Have an active board of directors or officers, selected in accordance with association bylaws, who meet regularly, with meetings open to the public;
- Hold at least one general membership meeting annually;
- Maintain a membership list of at least 50 active members (residing at separate addresses) or 10 percent of eligible households within the neighborhood boundaries as defined in the bylaws, whichever is less.

As long as an organization uses the funds for the purpose(s) stated in the application, only the following restrictions shall apply:

No City funds shall be used by the participating neighborhood organizations for projects or activities involving political campaigns, candidate endorsements, or ballot measures.

No City funds shall be paid to individual organization members, their relatives or business associates, except as a reimbursement for a product or service purchased with personal funds.
- Example of eligible grant expense: The secretary of the organization uses a personal credit card to pay for copies and is reimbursed from the organization.
- Example of ineligible grant expense: The secretary of the organization is a graphic designer and is paid for design services provided to the organization.

No City funds shall be spent on alcoholic beverages.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must complete and submit the application and required attachments no later than 5:30 p.m. PST on March 30, 2020.

Should applications be considered incomplete, organizations will be given an opportunity to provide the missing information. Should the City Manager’s Office have concerns about the eligibility of a proposed project, the concerns will be discussed with the applicant organization to determine jointly how the project or activity might be modified to meet the mission of the program.

Neighborhood groups must provide a 50% match to the grant funds with cash or in-kind services.

Contact Information:

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

Submit the application form and attachments to the City Manager's Office:

City of Santa Monica
Attention: Neighborhood Organization Liaison
1685 Main Street, Room 209
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-8411

For questions about the grant program, contact:

Office of Communications
Attention: Neighborhood Organization Liaison
(310) 458- 8257

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