March 17, 2017

Climate & Cultural Resilience Grant FAQs

The March 31 deadline for Enterprise Community Partners’ Climate & Cultural Resilience grants is approaching soon. We know you have a lot of great ideas for how you might use this grant to work with residents, artists, and designers to create more resilient communities. As you work your way through the application, we know you might have some questions.

Below are some of our FAQs for those currently working on the application or thinking about applying.

If you’re looking for even more information, you can check out the recording of our webinar with prospective grantees. Also please refer to our grants page and the full RFP. And if you still have questions, you are always welcome to contact us at design@enterprisecommunity.org.

How do I know if my organization is eligible for this grant?

Is your organization…

  • A registered nonprofit (501 c3)?
  • Engaged in community development activities (which may include housing and economic development) primarily within an identified geographic area of operation?
  • Governed by a board of directors composed of community residents, business and civic leaders?
  • Primarily committed to the improvement of the physical, economic or social environment of its geographic area of operation by addressing one or more critical problems of the area, with particular attention to the needs of persons of low income?

If you answered “yes” to all of these, then you are most likely an eligible CDC.  Appendix A of the RFP has more details to confirm that you are eligible. In the application you will be asked to submit documentation verifying 501(c)(3) status and local representation on the board to confirm that the organization meets the eligibility requirements.

Still in doubt? Email us and we can help you out.

I am a small grassroots organization without a fiscal sponsor. Can I still apply for this grant?

It sounds like you’re not an eligible organization to be the primary applicant, but you might be a great partner for a local CDC to work with. Your neighborhood CDC may be glad to partner on this to benefit from your time, good ideas, expertise and relationships in helping them execute a successful climate and cultural resilience project.  

Can I apply with partners?  What is the difference between a consultant and partner?

Yes, we love to see partnerships because they and they will be reviewed favorably. Just make sure that the primary applicant is an eligible organization, and that the proposed budget follows the eligible cost requirements.  

What if we don’t have an actual project, but we think this is important in our community?

If you want to propose a creative, culture-driven, participatory planning process, that counts as a project! Just be sure to explain what the climate resilience context is and how the project will use local participation, arts, culture, and creativity to build cultural resilience.

Can we propose a project that addresses cultural resilience and NOT climate resilience, or vice versa?

This grant program is designed to make the connection between cultural and climate resilience, and we know that many organizations will propose projects addressing both. Those are the types of projects we will be seeking to fund.  

Do projects need to include arts spaces as well as disaster preparedness activities?­  

As long as the project is addressing a climate resilience challenge, it does not have to be explicitly disaster preparedness. For example, a project that addresses drought or sea level rise may be more focused on addressing a chronic issue rather than a disaster or emergency event, and either would be fine.  Additionally, dedicated physical arts space is not the only tool that can be proposed to address cultural resilience and is in itself not a requirement of your project. For example, an event, planning process, or festival that builds local connections are all acceptable activities.

What will I need to do, and by when, to meet the match requirement?  

We do understand match is confusing. The Section 4 program, which Enterprise is using to fund $50,000 of each grant, requires that Enterprise raise matching funds from private sources for every dollar of Section 4 funds spent. Requested match from grantees is typically at 3:1 so to match the $50,000 portion of the Section 4 budget, Enterprise requests that grantees provide $150,000 in matching private funds.

When you submit your application, it is not a requirement that you document or already have the match funding. However, because we are using Section 4 dollars to fund these grants, you will eventually have to show that your program has the matching funding. If you have it now and can show that, that is great because we do like to see it, but we won’t be requiring it at the time of application. We don’t want to discourage organizations from applying who may not have all their match accounted for yet, but we also don’t want to give a grant to an organization that is not capable of providing the match in the future.

Our intention is to collect match documentation along with the other documents required for grant agreement execution. In some cases, match may be collected at a later date, but that will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Match is not a requirement of grant funding.

If I want to use consultants for this grant, do I have to already have completed the RFP process? Or can that be part of the activities I do during the grant period? What if I already hired a consultant to work on an earlier phase of this project, and I want to keep working with them if I get this grant?

To comply with federal funding requirements, we must demonstrate that an RFP process was used to select consultants, but the timing is flexible as to when that process is completed, whether it has already taken place or will take place in the future. In some circumstances, we also understand that an RFP may not be feasible, and in those cases consultants may be selected in a non-competitive sole source process. In all circumstances, we ask that the process is documented and shared with us.