What specifically is the “2 to 1” match?
  • For the purposes of this grant a “2 to 1” match is required. The total of all forms of match must equal at least 50% of the grant amount requested from the City. This means that for every dollar granted by the City of Pensacola, the applicant will be required to supply fifty cents of match to the project. The match may be accomplished with a combination of any one or more of the following: cash, donated materials or services, or volunteer labor. The match must meet the minimum requirement, be secured, and ready to be expended. Volunteer Labor: (a) We give credit for “Volunteer labor” at a value of $20 per hour. (b) If a professional (such as an electrician or a carpenter) donates “volunteer labor”, you may calculate the value of this labor by using the hourly rate normally paid for this service. (Remember- your volunteer hours will not be accepted by vendors as payment for goods or services. The combined total of your grant and cash match must cover your project’s cash costs. (From Form “A”). In-kind donations: We give credit for donated professional services, materials or supplies at their “reasonable and customary” rates. Professionals who donate their services as part of the match cannot also receive compensation from the award money. This is intended to ensure that persons hired to provide services or skilled labor are selected on the basis of their qualifications, experience or fees, not on their willingness or ability to donate services. Cash: Must be deposited with the City before the project may begin. Examples: The cash cost of the project may be covered by a variety of combinations including the following: Let’s say the total cash needed for the applicant’s proposed project is $9,000. If approved, the City could award a cash grant of $6,000 and the applicant could “match” that award with $3,000 in cash (i.e. a “1 to 2” match). -or- The applicant association could request that the City award a cash grant of $7,500, and provide a cash match (or secure a donation in services or materials) of $1,500 plus provide 112.5 hours (multiplied by $20/hour, valued at $2,250) of volunteer labor to the project for a total match of $3,750. -or- The applicant association could request that the City award a $9,000 cash grant, with the association providing 225 hours (multiplied by $20/hour, valued at $4,500) of volunteer labor to the project. -or- Other combination of “match” equaling half the total amount of the requested grant. *PLEASE NOTE: Vendors and contractors will not accept volunteer hours as payment but will require actual cash. Your association must be sure all cash costs to be incurred for the project are covered (even if you do not have a cash match). a.The amount and type of match must be appropriate to the needs of the project. b.The proposed match must be spent during the implementation/construction of the project. (Costs incurred prior to an award or after the contract has ended will not be eligible as a match). c.On-going maintenance (or volunteer hour match) following the contract period will not be eligible. d.At least 25% of the association’s match must come from the association itself (as opposed to other funding sources (such as community partners or non-member businesses). e.Partner match must not only be pledged, but also secured. Secured means that the donor has specifically valued and described the contribution, and has signed the “Letter of Intent” (Form E) to confirm the commitment. f.Be sure to include fees for any required permits, and liability insurance * for signs or structures to be placed in the public right-of-way in your total project cost calculations. g.Activities that are NOT eligible as a “match” include: -Time spent preparing the PNC Matching Grant Application -Time spent fund raising -Assistance from City staff or funds from other City departments h.Your association will be responsible for keeping track of all volunteer hours donated for your project. i.A neighborhood organization, in carrying out a PNC project, must make a good faith effort to ensure they are in compliance with the American Disabilities Act. This Act extends the same civil rights protection to persons with disabilities which have already been granted on the basis of race, color, religion, sex and national origin.

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1. What types of projects are possible?
2. What are some examples of improvements that WOULD or WOULD NOT be considered “eligible”?
3. How does the grant process work?
4. What are the basic requirements for the grant?
5. What specifically is the “2 to 1” match?
6. What is the process for vendor payments?
7. How often may a neighborhood apply for funding?