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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, June 5, 2008
Dwight Edwards, Community Housing Program Coordinator, 360- 709-3003

Applications Sought for Homeless Grant Program

OLYMPIA -- Non-profit organizations that serve homeless or formerly homeless households are invited to apply for a special grant program. The Thurston County HOME Consortium anticipates awarding up to $200,000 from the Homeless Housing Program (RCW 36.22.179) for operations and maintenance (O&M) support to organizations struggling to maintain current level services. Funding is NOT intended to support program enhancements, such as paying for new staffing or personnel positions.

Funding priority will be given to applicants that meet the following conditions:

  • Demonstration of critical need for the funds
  • Maintenance of essential core services and program capacity
  • Method of sustaining operating revenues beyond this grant

Applications will be scored on a competitive and comparative basis with other applications, and rated using a point scale of a maximum of 90 points. Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • PROJECT NEED:  How compelling is the project/program need? (30 points)
  • OPERATING AND MAINTENANCE NEED: How critical are the funds needed to maintain current level services? (30 points)
  • FINANCIAL and ADMINISTRATIVE CAPACITY: How well does the organization leverage other O&M funding sources? How effective is the organizational plan for meeting future funding gaps? Does the organization have sufficient administrative capacity to effectively manage the program/project (30 points)

The submission deadline for proposals is 4:30 Monday, July 7, 2008. Applicants should submit one original, four copies, and an electronic version of the application to:

Thurston County
Office of Program and Budget Development
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
Olympia , WA .  98502-6054
Attention:  Dwight Edwards
Community Housing Program Coordinator

Funding decisions and awards will be announced in August


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3