Lee County Homeless Coalition 2017 Community Grant Application

Note: RFP is Now Closed for 2017

The Lee County Homeless Coalition was reorganized in 2004 under the umbrella of the Lee County Department of Human Services with the intent to develop a broader base of support and at some time operate again as an independent agency. Thanks to support from the community, that goal was achieved in 2009, and the Coalition was recognized as an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Download the full application here.

The mission of the Coalition is “to advocate, educate, and promote awareness of issues and obstacles facing homeless individuals in Lee County through community collaboration, planning, and implementing solutions.” The Lee County Homeless Coalition is a non-profit advocacy group made up of community and faith-based service providers, local businesses, people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, and other advocates committed to ending homelessness.

Members of the Lee County Homeless Coalition are individuals or organizations that are committed to advocating, educating and promoting awareness of issues and obstacles facing the homeless in Lee County through community collaboration, planning and implementing solutions.

This grant opportunity is available only to members of the Lee County Homeless Coalition. The Coalition works with individuals and agencies to identify potential gaps within our local continuum of homeless care. We recognize that our provider agencies are being stretched to capacity and working harder than ever to deliver effective services often with diminishing funding.  The purpose of this grant is to assist member agencies fulfill their mission and serve those who are homeless.

The Lee County Homeless Coalition plans to make available a total of $20,000 to member agencies with a maximum award amount of $5,000 per application/entity. The Lee County Homeless Coalition reserves the right to modify the grant amount and number of award recipients based on the number and quality of the proposals received.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Must be a member of the Lee County Homeless Coalition
  • Must be a not for profit 501C3 or other eligible not for profit organization
  • Agency must provide direct services to clients
  • Services must benefit residents of Lee County
  • Agency must have a non-discrimination policy
  • No Grant Funds may be used to pay for civil or criminal penalties or fines.
  • Lee County Homeless Coalition reserves the right to deny applicants which have previously received grant funds the Lee County Homeless Coalition and have not complied with the terms of the grant contract.

REVIEW & SELECTION PROCESS

Each proposal will be reviewed by the Lee County Homeless Coalition Board. Proposals will be reviewed using an evaluation tool. No additional information will be accepted after the stated proposal deadline of September 15, 2017.  The written proposal and supporting documentation will be the sole basis for review.  Awards will be announced no later than October 2, 2017.  Upon receipt of an award, the recipient will be required to enter into a contract with the Lee County Homeless Coalition.

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

Recipients will be required to file a report at the end of one year. Agencies should use the State of Florida’s definition of homeless to determine who qualifies as a homeless individual for purposes of this grant. Funds not documented must be returned.

AGAIN, PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS NOTICE OF FUNDING IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO MEMBER NONPROFIT AGENCIES OR OTHER ELIGIBLE NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS. FOR INFORMATION ABOUT BECOMING A MEMBER AGENCY, PLEASE VISIT WWW.LEEHOMELESS.ORG/MEMBERSHIP.

Applications MUST be emailed to the Lee County Homeless Coalition office to arrive no later than 5 PM on September 15, 2017. The Lee County Homeless Coalition will not notify applicants of receipt of applications. All grant questions should be directed to Janet Bartos, Executive Director of the Coalition at [email protected] or (239) 322-6600. Email the completed application along with required documentation to [email protected]. Hard copies will not be accepted.

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