Matching Grant Contribution
The Neighborhood Association Matching Grant program is awarded on a merit basis and per capita basis. For every dollar requested from the Matching Grant Program, the neighborhood must match the value of the amount requested.
The following items can qualify for matching funds:
- Donated professional services
- Donated materials or supplies
- Volunteer labor
The following are some basic requirements for developing a neighborhood match package:
- The value of the neighborhood’s match must equal or exceed the amount requested from the Matching Grant Program.
- The amount and type of match must be appropriate to the needs of the project.
- Proposed match must be expended during the life of the grant neither prior to an award nor after the project’s contract has ended.
- Assistance from City staff or funds from elsewhere in the City cannot be counted as a match contribution.
- Time spent preparing the grant application or fundraising cannot be counted as a match contribution.
- At least 25% of the neighborhood’s match must come from the neighborhood itself, as opposed to other funders, the School District, or other public/government entity.
- All volunteer labor is valued at $23.56 an hour.
- Professional services, if needed for the project, are valued at the “reasonable and customary rate.”
- The neighborhood match must be specifically described on the Neighborhood Match Log and signed by the neighborhood chair or president.
- Neighborhood Association meeting preparation or attendance (including planning and agenda preparation) cannot be counted as a match contribution.
- City meeting attendance (e.g., Council, boards and commissions, public outreach) cannot be counted as a match contribution.