Board of County Commissioners
Leon County, Florida
This agenda item seeks Board acceptance of the status report on the County’s efforts to maximize leveraging opportunities to attain federal and state grant funding for
Option #1: Accept the FY 2009-2010 Third Quarter County Grant Program Quarterly Leveraging Status Report.
Report and Discussion
Traditionally, the County has aggressively sought state and federal grant funding to support County projects and initiatives and has achieved considerable success in leveraging County dollars. Recent events however, including the ongoing economic recession and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a $787 billion stimulus package, have given the county the opportunity to maximize grant revenues.
These activities are primarily the responsibility of the Grants Program Coordinator (Coordinator), supported by the development of “Quick Response Teams” to bring additional County personnel to the process. Currently the Coordinator, along with these teams are exploring and pursuing federal, state and private sector grant funding and reimbursement opportunities in furthering
In addition, the Coordinator is assigned to represent the County in the Community Human Services Partnership (CHSP), the mechanism utilized by the County, City of
To keep the Board fully apprised of the success of the County’s grant funding leveraging efforts, the following reports are submitted to the Commission covering the third quarter of the 2009/2010 fiscal year:
· Table 1 - Grants Leveraging Report (Attachment #1). This report shows a cumulative total for the current fiscal year and displays the project name, the County dollars required match the grant, the grant dollars allocated to the project, and comments relating to the grant such as funding source. The County starting the third quarter with a total of $11.3 million in grant funding, consisting of $208,862 in County matching funds and $11,275,643 in grant funds, for a leveraging ratio of 1:54. At the end of the third quarter, there was a total of $21,688,737 in grant funding consisting of $233,862 in County matching funds and $21,688,737 in grant funding with for a leveraging ratio of 1:92. The extremely high ratio of County dollars to grant dollars is unusual and based upon unmatched stimulus funding, the inclusion of capacity fees in the analysis and the large Disaster Recovery received in April 2010. This table will be updated each quarter to document the addition of new grant funding.
· Table 2 - Grants Received Report (Attachment #2). This report shows grants that have been received during the reporting period, the name of the project, the amount of the grant and comments relating to the grant. The current Grants Received Report shows one grant was received in the Third quarter, with a value of $10,179,232. Table 2 will be updated on a quarterly basis, showing a cumulative total at the end of the fiscal year.
· Table 3 - Grants Researched/Submitted Report (Attachment #2). This report reflects the grants that have been either researched or researched and submitted. For the second quarter of the current fiscal year, two applications have been submitted.
A second major responsibility of the Grants Program Coordinator is to represent the County in the CHSP program and manage the commitments to specific social service agencies funded through this process. The CHSP program has been utilized to distribute social service funding in
The funding allocation process for the 2010/2011 fiscal year started in October 2009, with CHSP staff, consisting of County, City of
Once received, the applications were distributed to the Citizen Review Teams (CRTs) during their March volunteer training sessions. The 2010-2011 review of the applications by the CRTs started
It is important to note that funding through the CHSP process is considered to be funding from all three partners, regardless of the specific contractual obligation. CHSP staff has attempted to streamline contractual and reporting requirements by utilizing the minimum number of agreements necessary, as opposed to requiring each agency to execute an agreement with each of the funding agencies. Additionally, it should be noted that, during the pursuit of grants conducted by the Coordinator, funding opportunities for social service agencies are often noted. The Coordinator notifies the appropriate agency within the community to give them the opportunity to bring additional resources into
1. Accept the FY 2009-2010 Third Quarter County Grant Program Quarterly Leveraging Status Report.
2. Do not accept the FY 2009-2010 Third Quarter County Grant Program Quarterly Leveraging Status Report.
3. Board Direction.
1. Table 1 - General Grant Report
2. Table 2 - Grants Received Report and Grants Researched/Submitted Report
3. 2009/2010 CHSP Activities
4. Leon County Sheriff’s Office Grant Activities – Third Quarter