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2019 Community Technology Grant

Grants to Multnomah County, Oregon Nonprofits, IHEs,
Libraries, and Agencies for Public Technology Resources

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission (MHCRC)

Conf. Date:

10/23/18

Deadline Date:

12/06/18

Description:

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Grants to Multnomah County, Oregon nonprofits, IHEs, libraries, and local agencies to employ technology resources for the benefit of the local community. Funding is intended for projects that address the needs of the public, particularly underserved members of the community.

Proposed projects must fulfill all of the following requirements to be considered for funding:

- Utilize community access cable system technology or the Institutional Network in order to support project goals and objectives. Cable system technology supported by this grant includes use of the community access channels or the Institutional Network (I-Net). The community access channels reach all homes, schools, businesses and other organizations that subscribe to cable TV service. Local organizations and agencies submit video programming to be carried on these community channels. The I-Net is a fiber-based, distribution network that provides data connectivity for public education, local government, public libraries and court facilities throughout Multnomah County. If you would like more information about the I-Net, please contact the Community Technology Grant Program Manager.

- Address at least one of the four public benefit areas identified for the grant program.
- Disparities: A proposed project in this area focuses on reducing disparities for an underserved community. The proposed project should target underserved communities specifically and/or reach out to underserved groups within a broader community. Underserved refers to individuals and communities that are subject to barriers that limit or prevent their access to services, information, communication tools and/or training. These barriers may be technological, geographic, economic, physical, linguistic and/or cultural. Disparities should be evidenced by qualitative data.
- Community Involvement: A proposed project in this area focuses on supporting and encouraging improved community involvement in issues of importance to a community. The project should enable a broad range of community residents and organizations to, for example, communicate, share information, promote community economic development, decide livability issues or participate in civic activities.
- Cost Reduction: A proposed project in this area focuses on providing not-for-profit or public services or functions less expensively. Through use of the cable system technology, the applicant should be able to demonstrate how the project results in direct cost reduction or cost avoidance. This may entail services or functions that are internal or external to an organization or agency.
- Service Delivery: A proposed project in this area focuses on improving the delivery or increasing the effectiveness of public or non-profit services to the general public or to targeted individuals, groups or organizations. Service delivery improvements could include quality, effectiveness and/or accessibility of the service. The project may focus on services that are internal or external to an organization.

- Have only capital costs included for funding from this grant program.
- Grant funds can only support project capital costs for goods or services whose useful life can be expected to exceed one year. Project capital costs which may be funded by grant funds include services, products, equipment or other resources whose useful life can be expected to exceed one year. For example, this could include video or data equipment; computer software or hardware; consultants, contractual services or personnel costs to design, install or test the capital project; consultants, tuition fees or personnel time to provide initial training on use of a new technology; indirect costs that directly support the capital project; building renovation; internal network wiring in facilities; and cable or I-Net infrastructure and connections are all eligible capital costs.

- Contain a commitment to contribute funding for at least 50 percent of the total project budget from sources other than this grant program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184713

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$700,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposed projects must fulfill all the following minimum requirements to be considered in the Pre-Application process:
- Applicant must be a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, college, university, public library or governmental unit located within Multnomah County.
- Serve residents within Multnomah County, OR.
- Use the community access channels to distribute video programming on the cable system or use the Institutional Network in order to support project goals and objectives.
- Address at least one of the four public benefit areas identified for the grant program.
- Have only capital costs included for funding from grant funds.
- Commit to providing matching resources for at least 50 percent of the total project budget from resources other than this grant program.

The MHCRC does not accept Pre-Applications from Kx12 public school districts or individual schools. The public school districts within the MHCRC’s service area receive community grants through a separate MHCRC funding initiative focused on student achievement and education outcomes (TechSmart Initiative).

Pre-Application Information:

Completed Pre-Applications are due December 6, 2018.

MHCRC staff is available to consult on Pre-Applications or project ideas. Staff highly recommends any consultation request be received at least one week prior to the Pre-Application deadline. MHCRC staff may not be able to respond adequately to requests received within one week of the deadline. Please contact Rebecca Gibbons, Community Technology Grant Program Manager.

Applicant matching funds must provide a minimum of 50 percent (50%) of the total project cost. Allowable costs which qualify as matching funds include almost all project costs. For example, project management and other personnel, fringe benefits, indirect costs that support the project, travel, costs of professional services, project evaluation costs, training costs, equipment maintenance or insurance, or I-Net usage fees could qualify as matching funds. Matching funds may be in the form of cash or in-kind donations. Example: if the cost of implementing your project totals $100,000 then you may request funding for capital costs related to the project up to $50,000.

January 2019: The MHCRC will decide, based on the Pre-Applications received, which applicants to invite to apply for 2018 grant funding. Staff will then work with each invited applicant to clarify all elements of the proposed project and to finalize a grant application and contract during Spring 2019. A list of awards granted will be published by September 1, 2019.

Eligibility Requirements:
http://www.mhcrc.org/community-grants/applying-for-a-grant-heres-how-to-get-started/

Application Instructions:
http://www.mhcrc.org/community-grants/apply-online/

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:
https://www.mhcrccommunitygrants.org/index.do

If you are having trouble accessing the online Pre-Application, please contact Lexi Meek at lmeek@mhcrc.org or 503.823.3659.

If you have questions about a project plan, please contact Rebecca Gibbons at rgibbons@mhcrc.org or 503.823.5515.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon: Multnomah County