Grant funds received by the City of Richmond support important programs and services that the City provides to the community. These funds allow the City to extend pre-existing services, introduce new initiatives, gain technological advances, and subsidize programmatic staffing.
Grant funds are dispersed throughout the City and impact a variety of efforts, including homeland security, economic development, social services, public safety, recreation, and infrastructure improvement and maintenance, among others. Because grant funding allows the City to leverage local public funds in order to extend and enhance the services it offers to the community, the impact of grant funding upon the community is significant.
Grant Division staff provides technical assistance to all city departments, agencies, and offices by request. Technical assistance includes, but is not limited to the following activities:
- Strategic grant seeking planning
- Funding availability analysis
- Proposal development
- Proposal and application review and editing
- O & R review and assistance
- Grant implementation planning
- Grant administration assistance
It is expected that departments will have gone through the process of project or program development prior to receiving technical grant writing support. Grant staff can assist with the requirements of a fully developed project or program from the standpoint of a competitive grant application, but are not in a position to manufacture a program in order to meet the requirements of an application.
The following standard forms are the most common federal forms required by OMB's grants management circulars that will be encountered when preparing applications directly to federal agencies, although some federal agencies have specialized forms that have been approved by OMB. These standard forms can be downloaded in PDF format by clicking on the links below.
There are a variety of grant writing resources on the Internet that can provide guidance to the novice grant writer. Be mindful that the quality of advice varies greatly from one source to another. Use internet grant resources with some degree of caution. The links below are just a few of the many resources.
The Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (commonly called "Uniform Guidance") was officially implemented in December 2014 by the Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR - now dissolved). The Uniform Guidance – a "government-wide framework for grants management" – is an authoritative set of rules and requirements for Federal awards that synthesizes and supersedes guidance from earlier OMB circulars.*
The reforms that comprise the Uniform Guidance aim to reduce the administrative burden on award recipients and, at the same time, guard against the risk of waste and misuse of Federal funds. Among other things, the OMB's Uniform Guidance does the following:
- Removes previous guidance that is conflicting and establishes standard language;
- Directs the focus of audits on areas that have been identified as at risk for waste, fraud and abuse;
- Lays the groundwork for Federal agencies to standardize the processing of data;
- Clarifies and updates cost reporting guidelines for award recipients.
- America's Children: Key Indicators of Well-Being
- Grants.gov: Federal Grant Opportunities
- Kids Count
- USAgov: Data and Statistics
- Virginia Department of Education: School Quality Profiles
- Virginia Statistics: Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service
- Virginia Schools Free and Reduced Price Lunch Program Statistics