Non-Profit A-GUIDE

Funding Framework

The CRA cannot possibly fund the immense task of redevelopment on its own and must therefore structure its programs to act as catalysts for redevelopment efforts by individual residents and businesses within the CRA and to leverage investment by private enterprise. With limited resources available for redevelopment efforts, the Agency must allocate funding to projects and programs that will provide the most benefit for the dollars expended. To assure the CRA is receiving the intended results from its projects and programs it is important that funding decisions are based on expectations of specific, measurable outcomes. Also, since the implementation of a few strategically placed well-funded programs may have a much greater impact on the overall area than many inadequately funded ones, programs must be evaluated in the context of the agency’s overall goals, and implemented accordingly.

 

The CRA’s funding activities must align with the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Plan. Toward that end, the CRA has developed the A-GUIDE: Achieving Goals Using Impact Driven Evaluation, a methodology for verifying alignment and effectiveness of the programs and activities it supports.

Needs & Priorities

The CRA provides funding to address “Overall Needs” within the Community Redevelopment Area as defined in the Community Redevelopment Plan. Different from the specific needs identified within the various sub-areas of the Community Redevelopment Area, the following “Overall Needs” are area wide in scope and encompass some of the more serious problems that are prevalent throughout the area and contribute to the overall state of decline. These needs, which are described in more detail in Section II of the CRA Plan, are listed below.

 

  • Removal of Slum and Blight
  • Land Use
  • Economic Development
  • Affordable Housing
  • Downtown Housing
  • Infrastructure
  • Recreation & Cultural Facilities

 

While the CRA and City are the primary entities responsible for implementing the Redevelopment Plan, several of the Overall Needs identified in the plan can more effectively be addressed through partnerships with other organizations. Three areas in particular – Affordable Housing, Recreation and Cultural Facilities, and Economic/Business Development – have the potential to realize better results through strategic alliances between the CRA and nonprofits that have a demonstrated capacity to address those needs.

Funding Categories for FY 2016

 

  • Affordable Housing
  • Recreation & Cultural Facilities
  • Economic/Business Development

 

Eligibility for Funding

 

Organizations meeting the following criteria are eligible to apply for Nonprofit Partner funding:

 

  • Mission consistent with the mission of the CRA
  • Classified as tax-exempt under IRS 501(c)(3)
  • In good standing with the State of Florida
  • Housed in City- or CRA-owned facilities located in the CRA district
  • Serves residents of the CRA district and/or visitors that come to the district to participate in funded programs, projects, and events
  • Demonstrated commitment by Board of Directors to purpose and accountability for CRA funds

 

Funding Cycle, Fiscal Year 2016

 

CRA support for Nonprofit Partners will be allocated in an annual cycle, with specific dates and instructions published prior to the beginning of each cycle. Dates for Fiscal Year 2016-17 are as follows:

 

  • May 25, 2016                                                           Application Available on-line
  • June 22, 2016                                                          Funding applications due
  • June 23 – 24, 2016                                                 Feedback on incomplete applications and opportunity for applicants to respond
  • July 2016                                                                  Funding Evaluation Committee review of applications
  • July 28, 2016 & Aug 25, 2016 (if necessary)      Applicant organization presentations to CRA Board
  • September 2016                                                      Funding decisions by CRA Board

 

The CRA has the right to adjust the dated as necessary. All applicants would be notified of any changes.

 

In addition, from time to time the CRA may offer special funding initiatives for community partners to provide services in response to emerging/changing community needs and resources.

 

For more information, please call Finance & Operations Director Lori Hayward or Contract Manager Yuberca Pena at the CRA office, (561) 276-8640. A copy of the A-GUIDE application and supporting documents may be downloaded below (PDF files).