Community Service Funding Grants

City of Temecula Announces $2.2M Million in Grants to Nonprofit Organizations that Provide Services to Temecula Residents

TEMECULA, CA – In a vote that won unanimous approval by the Temecula City Council, $2.2 million in City funding will be allocated to support eligible nonprofit charitable programs that benefit Temecula residents.

Temecula Mayor Matt Rahn states, "The City of Temecula is infusing an unprecedented amount into the community; it is the highest total sum ever made available by the City to nonprofit organizations during any year in Temecula's history -- and we'll do this two years in a row." Mayor Rahn adds, "These grants will come as a relief at a critical time now when inflationary concerns are an issue."

The City's annual nonprofit organization grant program entitled Community Service Funding has historically awarded up to $5,000 per nonprofit organization, for a total of $100,000 budgeted annually. This Fiscal Year, beginning July 1, 2022, and next Fiscal Year, beginning July 1, 2023, the program will be revitalized as Community Service Funding - Reinvestment in Temecula and the budgeted amount will be increased by $1 million to $1.1 million each year, for a total of $2.2 million over two years. The program will be administered by the City Manager's Office and eligible nonprofit organizations are invited to apply for a grant up to $50,000 each year to fund services or programs that serve Temecula residents.  

City Manager Aaron Adams states, "Grant funds are not anticipated to be used for large capital projects, such as building improvements, but rather to pay for expenses associated with charitable goods and services that specifically benefit those who live in Temecula."  Adams adds, "Local nonprofits that struggled to fundraise during past COVID-19 closures will be allowed to submit for some costs incurred throughout the pandemic beginning March 20, 2020."

The  grant application will be made available on July 1, 2022, 5pm, at TemeculaCA.gov/grants. The deadline to submit is Monday, September 12, 2022.  For questions about this grant, contact Betsy Lowrey, Assistant to the City Manager, at Betsy.Lowrey@TemeculaCA.gov.

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EACH FISCAL YEAR, THE CITY OF TEMECULA COMMUNITY SERVICE FUNDING GRANT APPLICATION BECOMES AVAILABLE IN JULY, AND IS DUE MID-SEPTEMBER.  AWARDS ARE TYPICALLY ANNOUNCED IN NOVEMBER.  AS NOTED ABOVE, FOR FY2022-2023 (AND FY23-24), THE PROGRAM WILL BE TITLED "COMMUNITY SERVICE FUNDING-REINVESTMENT IN TEMECULA".

COMMUNITY SERVICE FUNDING - REINVESTMENT IN TEMECULA

The City of Temecula allocates funds in its Operating Budget for community service program(s) (“Project/Program”) within the City of Temecula.

Purpose

The purpose of this Policy and Application is to establish processing and evaluation criteria for funding requests received from community-based organizations that provide community service programs to Temecula residents. Each fiscal year, the City of Temecula may allocate funds toward the Community Service Funding Grant Program (“Community Service Funding”) to serve as a funding resource to nonprofit organizations that provide programs or services which benefit Temecula residents. For FY22-23, the allocated amount has been increased as approved by the Temecula City Council on March 8, 2022. 

The City's annual nonprofit organization grant program entitled Community Service Funding has historically awarded up to $5,000 per nonprofit organization, for a total of $100,000 budgeted annually. This Fiscal Year, beginning July 1, 2022, and next Fiscal Year, beginning July 1, 2023, the program will be revitalized as Community Service Funding - Reinvestment in Temecula and the budgeted amount will be increased by $1 million to $1.1 million each year, for a total of $2.2 million over two years. The program will be administered by the City Manager's Office and eligible nonprofit organizations are invited to apply for a grant up to $50,000 each year to fund services or programs that serve Temecula residents. Grant funds are not anticipated to be used for large capital projects, such as building improvements, but rather to pay for expenses associated with charitable goods and services that specifically benefit those who live in Temecula.

General Policy

This policy provides a statement of guidelines and criteria for distributing Community Service Funding grants. Community Service Funding is intended to augment the efforts of nonprofit organizations to benefit residents, neighborhoods and communities in Temecula. It is the City's policy to have a program that can channel requests through an application review, thereby ensuring that all requests are evaluated consistently to enter into agreements for specific measurable services and to ensure that recipients are held accountable for providing the agreed upon services within the specified time frame. 

Funding Philosophy

Requests for funding received from organizations will be considered during a specified period. Due to limited resources, not all requests can be funded.  It is not the City’s intention to fund each request received but rather to evaluate each proposal and provide funding to those organizations which most effectively serve the needs and improves the well-being of the residents of Temecula.

Special consideration is given to proposals that replace or enhance services the City is responsible for providing. The City also puts a higher priority on Projects/Programs that have broad community appeal.

The City Council encourages a goal of self-sufficiency for all local organizations. The City Council supports providing grants to organizations that have demonstrated their effectiveness in raising funds and volunteer services for their programs within the community. The Council discourages an over-reliance on City financial assistance to maintain such programs on an ongoing basis. Therefore, all organizations requesting funds from the City should continue efforts to develop stable private funding sources.

Eligibility

To be eligible for funding, organizations:

Must be:

  • Tax exempt
  • A Nonprofit with 501(c)(3) status form
  • Providing a project/program/service that benefits the general community of Temecula residents



Cannot include as part of the funding request:

  • Salaries
  • Scholarships to high school or college students
  • Debt

Guidelines

By law, all Community Service Funding may only be spent for a public purpose for the City of Temecula and must comply with all applicable laws. The program or service recommended for funding must be a social welfare program which benefits the general community of Temecula residents, including promotion of the City. Funds can only be granted to tax exempt IRS 501(c)(3) corporations. Expenditures which will involve a mass mailing cannot violate the Political Reform Act regulations involving mass mailings. The City Council authorizes the City Manager to make administrative modifications to the Community Service Funding Grant Program and Application to assist with maintaining proper compliance with applicable laws. 

The Project/Program should benefit the general community of Temecula residents.

Community Service Funding-REINVESTMENT IN TEMECULA grant shall not exceed $50,000 per organization per fiscal year.

Grant funds are not anticipated to be used for large capital projects, such as building improvements, but rather to pay for expenses associated with charitable goods and services that specifically benefit those who live in Temecula.


Procedure

All eligible entities shall complete an application for Community Service Funding. Any nonprofit agency/organization located or providing services in the City of Temecula may apply for Community Service Funding. The Application must include a full explanation about the proposed use of the money and include a budget of the Project/Program. The Application shall be submitted to the City, who will review the Application for completeness. Applying for funds does not ensure that the request will be granted. Funding for the City’s Community Service Funding Grant Program is limited and some applications, while worthy, will not be funded due to the limited resources.

Community Service Funding is limited to organizations that have completed the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) process to become a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization. Formal nonprofit status must be up-to-date and submitted as requested on the Application. Applicants must be in good standing.  Nonprofit organizations may apply for funding only if the Project/Program serves a public purpose and follows the laws governing use of public funds. 

Contents

The contents of the Application shall be completed in full. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Organization’s:

  • name
  • mission/objective
  • history (date of incorporation)
  • financial information
  • a signed acknowledgment by recipient and authorized signature of what is required of them
  • up-to-date compliance documentation for previous Community Service Funding grants award(s) if not previously submitted




Project/Program/Service:

  • description
  • physical address
  • budget
  • benefit
  • areas served
  • population served

Applicants who sign the Application enter into a written agreement with the City that specifies the responsibilities of the organization with respect to the use of the Community Service Funding grant; stipulating that the expenses will be documented and the organization must provide a full accounting of expenditures to substantiate that City funds were spent appropriately. Additional records may be requested by the City to ensure the funds were (or will be) used appropriately. Once approved, the Community Service Funding award will be processed by City staff.

Compliance

As follow-up to Community Service Funding, each awarded entity shall submit proper back up documentation to substantiate that funds were spent appropriately. This includes invoices/receipts, a narrative that explains each expenditure including how it specifically benefitted Temecula residents, and a schedule of the Project/Program’s revenues/expenditures.

If your organization is awarded a Community Service Funding Grant - REINVESTMENT IN TEMECULA in FY2022-2023 by the City of Temecula, all grant funds received must be expended anytime on or between March 20, 2020 and June 30, 2024. In addition, all grant funds must be substantiated with proper back-up documentation. Failure to provide proper documentation may jeopardize any funding. City of Temecula reserves the right to conduct an audit and/or require additional back-up information to substantiate how funds received from the City were spent. If the funds are not spent in accordance with the approved/awarded application, the organization may not receive and/or will be required to return said amount of funds to the City. To substantiate that grant funds from the City are spent appropriately, proper back-up documentation including the table below with accompanying receipts/invoices, must be submitted to the City. See COMPLIANCE REPORT in the application for specific requirements. 

To the extent possible, it is strongly encouraged that all purchases made to support projects/programs that are funded by this grant be made at retail/businesses located within the City of Temecula to support our local businesses and economy.

Criteria

In making funding determinations, the City considers the following criteria:

  1. Is the organization currently nonprofit?
  2. Does the organization provide a service to the overall community of Temecula?
  3. Will the organization use the City of Temecula Community Service Funding Grant for the benefit of the citizens of Temecula? 
  4. Is the size and make-up of the organization equipped to provide the Project/Program to the overall community?
  5. What is the public reaction to the group?
  6. Does the organization have a high quality level of fiscal management?
  7. Is the group well organized to ensure longevity in the City of Temecula?
  8. Is there evidence of satisfactory service provided to the City's citizens?
  9. Is the organization free from discrimination based on race, color, creed, nationality, sex, marital status, disability, religion, or political affiliation?
  10. Does the organization require attendance or participation in any political, religious or social activity?
  11. Can the organization provide financial statements (prepared using an appropriate method of accounting) to demonstrate sound financial management?
  12. Can the organization provide a budget demonstrating its cost-effectiveness?
  13. Does the organization make its services available to all?
  14. Does the organization possess ongoing program evaluation tools?

Timeline

  • Friday, July 1, 2022 - Applications are available at City Hall and on the City’s website at: http://temeculaca.gov/grants
  • Monday, September 12, 2022 - Deadline for submitting applications.
  • November 2022 - Award recipients will be announced.

Application                                                 

Print and/or download the Application.

Fillable application also available here

Submit the application to:
City of Temecula, Community Service Funding-REINVESTMENT IN TEMECULA
Attn: City Manager’s Office
41000 Main Street, Temecula, CA 92590

Questions

Stacey.Brown@TemeculaCA.gov (951) 694-6413
Betsy.Lowrey@TemeculaCA.gov (951) 693-3959