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Human Services Agency Funding

Last Modified: October 16, 2013

The City of Raleigh awards grants annually to nonprofit organizations that provide services to Raleigh residents who belong to five targeted groups: the elderly, youth, persons with handicaps or disabilities, substance abusers and homeless individuals.

To qualify for a grant, an applicant must be a private nonprofit organization with headquarters in the City of Raleigh. An applicant must have at least one year of recent experience in the delivery of services, maintain 501(c) (3) tax-exempt status and demonstrate sensitivity to the special needs of its clientele.

Grants are awarded on a fiscal-year basis. The Raleigh Human Relations Commission makes recommendations to the Raleigh City Council on which applications to approve.

Here are the steps that the City of Raleigh follows in receiving, reviewing and approving grant applications:

1. Nonprofits interested in receiving grants submit applications to the Volunteer and Human Services Division of the Community Services Department each fall.

2. The applications are reviewed by a subcommittee consisting of five members of the Human Relations Commission and one representative each from the City of Raleigh Substance Abuse Advisory Commission, Wake County Human Services, the nonprofit community and United Way of the Greater Triangle.

3. The subcommittee submits its recommendations to the full Human Relations Commission. The Commission considers and discusses the subcommittee's recommendations, then forwards its recommendations to the city manager.

4. The city manager submits the Commission's recommendations to the City Council for final action as part of its budget approval. Grant applicants receive notification of the City Council's decision.

5. The Volunteer and Human Services Division ensures that grant recipients perform the services for which they received funding.

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