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Human and Social Services Grant

Approximately $400,000 is allocated from both the General Fund and funds available through the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Future funding is not guaranteed through previous awards, as all submittals are evaluated on an equal basis. 

This program has a two-year funding cycle. Second year contracts are pro-rated based on the available funding, provided prior year contractual requirements have been met.

Application Process - A Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and Request for Proposal (RFP) will be issued detailing the funding priorities for the biennium, which are based on the most recently published Human Service Statement of Need (PDF). Technical assistance is available during the RFP window. Those interested in being placed on a mailing list for the RFP may contact the Community Development Division.

Funding and Eligibility - Funding must be used to deliver human services to a minimum of 51% low - and very-low income individuals (see the City of Bellingham Income Table - PDF).

Both new and existing services can be funded if the applicant demonstrates the appropriate experience and capacity. Applicants must comply with the financial and administrative requirements of OMB Circulars A-110, A-122, and A-133, as applicable. Applicants must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Funding Priorities - Although priorities vary from year to year, depending on current community needs, past priorities have included:

Evaluation - Proposal evaluation criteria are announced in each Request for Proposals. Past examples of evaluation criteria include the extent to which the application serves low income beneficiaries, provides case management services and proposes appropriate, measurable outcomes.

Reporting Forms:

Reporting Instructions (PDF) Quarterly Performance Report (PDF)
Invoice and Activity Report (PDF) ADA Yearly Progress Report (PDF)

Additional Funding Agencies

If you are a nonprofit agency seeking funding assistance from other funders, here are four agencies that might be able to assist:

For more information on either of these programs, contact David Stalheim, Block Grant Programs Manager at 360-778-8300 or

M 9/9/2015

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