Welcome to the Submittable page for City of Akron, Office of Integrated Development (OID). OID uses this page to collect applications for various programs. Only active applications will appear for submission. 

Guidelines

Please read the guidelines and requirements in full.

The City of Akron has created a free Temporary Summer Patio program to help food serving establishments maintain social distancing of their customers.  Non-food serving establishments are also welcome to apply to provide open space. 

While the City will not be closing streets for this permit, businesses are welcome to utilize sidewalks, alleyways, public parking lots, or street parking spaces for their temporary patio. The proposed location MUST be adjacent to the property.

Applicants must still comply with the following State and Federal Requirements. 

  

Note: In order to comply with social distancing requirements, tables will need to be spaced greater than 6 feet apart to allow for at least 6 feet of distance between guests while seated.

Timeline

Application Period: May 3, 2021 - Oct 29,  2021

Application Review: Rolling Review period.  Estimated wait period 1 week after submission. Turn around times may be delayed as Public Health officials are working COVID-19 Vaccination sites in addition to regular duties. 

Permits Expire: November 30, 2021 at 11:59pm


Site Plan Requirements

Clearly specify in the site plan what area is existing patio space (if any) and the proposed temporary expansion. 

  • Location and dimensions of the patio
  • Location of all entrance/ exits to patio and establishment
  • May not obstruct emergency exits or fire standpipes
  • Include Fencing clearances in the site plan (if applicable)
  • All clearance measurements inside the patio space are taken from when patrons are seated.
  • Allow for at least 6 feet of distance between guests while seated.
  • Note the location and distance to all right‐of‐way objects (e.g. street lights, street trees, mail boxes, catch basins, curb)
  • Show all tables and chairs as to how they will be arranged with in the patio space
  • Show location of ADA accessible seating; five percent( 5%) or a minimum of one (1) table
  • All seating may not consist of “high” or “bar stool” height tables and chairs.
  • Show location of all other equipment that will be located with in the patio space

Fence Requirements

Fencing is only required by the state if you intend to serve alcohol in your temporary patio. The state has made adjustments to fencing requirements for the temporary portion of your patio. 

 Temporary or removable items may be used to define the expanded premises.  These may include planters, snow fencing, etc.  The goal is to limit ingress and egress (people leaving or entering with alcohol) but still remain compliant with any fire code requirements that may exist.  If the expanded area will be streets or alleys that are shared by multiple permit holders, the Division will require some sort of identifier be used by each permit holder to identify its tables (certain table cloths, temporary signage by the tables, etc.).


Awning Requirements

  • Permanent structures must meet Ohio Building Code requirements (Obtain separate permit from Summit County Department of Building Standards 330‐630‐7280)
  • Cannot over hang past the patio area
  • Enclosures, side flaps, or temporary/permanent banners are not allowed

Insurance Requirements

The applicant must submit a copy of their insurance policy naming City of Akron as insured for $1,000,000.00 

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CDC Support Program:  2022 - GENERAL APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Answer the questions in the space provided for each question; keep your answers brief and to the point.  If necessary, you may include additional information in the Attachments section.

2.  Label all attachments.

3.  To provide the reviewers of your application with a better understanding of the target area of the project, you may attach photographs, maps or other visual aids.  These may be included with the application.

4. If a question does not appear to apply to your proposal, “Not Applicable” or “N/A” is a legitimate answer.

5.   If you have questions about completing the application, please contact Darin Chambers of the Long Range Planning Division at (330) 375-2090, x 6476.


FOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS:  For housing projects (8 units or more) OR retail/commercial projects. Please include the following:

In addition to the required supplementary application documents, include:

1) Detailed construction estimate(s) for the proposed work (including permitting fees)

2) Detailed project budget

3) Drawings of the improvements to be completed (if available)

4) Proof of financial ability and

5) Photos of the building in jpeg format (please, no PDFs)



Federal Regulations and Compliance:  All projects whose total costs are in excess of $2,000 must be prepared to comply with the Federal Davis Bacon rules, including prevailing wage requirements. Guidance will be provided to awardees to assist with this process.

Section 3 compliance is required for any construction project over $200,000.

 

Request for Bids FOR CONSTRUCTION WORK (non-housing projects):  Following final approval by the City Of Akron, the applicant will be responsible for securing bids for all work to be completed under the CDC support project.  Prospective bidders should be provided a copy of the approved design details/construction drawings, detailed construction specifications and contract conditions (i.e., current prevailing wage rate determination; insurance coverage requirements; licensing requirements, etc.).  A minimum of two bids is advised for all work to be completed as part of the proposed CDC project.  Bids should be broken down in line item detail in accordance with the approved construction specifications.


Note:  The selected contractor(s) are required to maintain a business license with the City of Akron or Summit County, as well as insurance coverage in the type and amounts deemed necessary by the City.  Additionally, selected contractors must comply with Federal requirements and restrictions related to fair labor standards, equal opportunity employment, conflict of interest and certain environmental protection issues.  


The following is a general summary of the information contained in the body of the application:

Community Development Corporations (CDCs) are nonprofit, community-based organizations focused on revitalizing the areas in which they are located, typically low-income, under-served neighborhoods that have experienced significant disinvestment. While they are most commonly celebrated for developing affordable housing, they are usually involved in a range of initiatives critical to community health such as economic development, sanitation, streetscaping, and neighborhood planning projects, and oftentimes even provide education and social services to neighborhood residents.

CDCs play a critical role in building community wealth for several key reasons:

  • They anchor capital in communities by developing residential and commercial property, ranging from affordable housing to shopping centers and even businesses.


  • At least one-third of a CDC’s board is typically composed of community residents, allowing for the possibility of direct, grass-roots participation in decision-making.


  • CDCs work to enhance community conditions oftentimes involves neighborhood organizing, a process critical for empowering residents and gaining political power.


  • What is a CDC?

           1.  Defining  Community Development:  Engagement, Planning, Creative Placemaking, Greenspace and trail connectivity

           2.  CDC Focus for Request for Proposal (RFP):  Housing development; Neighborhood level economic development (e.g., Great Streets Program)


SPECIFIC FORM INSTRUCTIONS

Section A:  Community Development Corporation Information

1. Name of Agency.  Name of the community development corporation submitting the application and responsible for the project(s).

2. Agency Mailing Address.  Address for primary agency responsible for project.

3. Project/Program Address/Location.  Address or location of where the project/program will take place.

4. Agency Director.  Name of Agency Executive Director, Chief Executive Office (CEO) or President.

5-7. Contact Person, Phone Number, E-Mail Address.  Information regarding the person responsible for completing the application; who can answer all pertinent questions; and who is officially designated as the CDBG contact.

8.  Organization Founded.  Please provide the date that your organization was founded.

9.  Tax ID Number.  The nine-digit tax number that is used by your agency.

10.  DUNS (Dun and Bradstreet Number).  Consult http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform for more information.

11.  SAM (System for Award Management number).  Visit SAM.gov to register (https://www.sam.gov).  Please note that registration in SAM.gov is FREE!  Please do not go through third-party links to register or update your agency’s registration in SAM.gov.  

12.  Project Name.  Please provide official name of project.

13.  Project Location.  Specify the neighborhood served by your project.   For more information consult the City of Akron website Neighborhood Profiles page at https://goo.gl/7wuAaM.

14. Total Project Cost.  Provide the total expense of your CDC’s project (including all other funding sources)

15. Funds Requested.  Your CDC Support request.  Provide the total amount of your CDC Support request in dollars. $100,000 maximum.

16. Percentage of Project Cost to be Funded by Award.  Of all funding sources, what percent is funded with requested dollars? To calculate, divide the requested amount by the total value of all funding sources. The maximum percentage of total project costs that can be funded is 50%.

17. Attachments.  Please include the following items in an attachment:

    a.  IRS Tax Exempt Confirmation letter (501(c)(3))

    b.  Most recent code of regulations.  (Also known s your agency's Bylaws.)

    c.  Proof of incorporation from Secretary of State (CERTIFICATE ONLY)

    d.  Current organization chart with names of staff members

    e.  List of current Board of Directors and terms of office

    f.  A map of the neighborhood(s) served with defined boundaries.  (For more information consult the City of Akron website Neighborhood Profiles page at https://goo.gl/7wuAaM.)

    g.  For all 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations: a copy of the organization’s most recently submitted audit is preferred.  However, please provide a copy of your most recent tax return, at a minimum

     h.  Organization mission statement

SECTION B:  PROJECT ELIGIBILITY

1. Federal regulations require that all CDBG projects meet one of three national objectives to qualify for funding. This project/program meets at least ONE of the HUD national objectives listed below (please check all that apply)

Select at least one of the national objectives to be eligible to receive funding.

2. Select the statements that describe how this project meets one of the previously listed National Objectives.

Select at least one of the statements to be eligible to receive funding.

3. 2022 Eligibility

Indicate if your project impacts a Great Streets Akron district or is related to the goals of Planning to Grow Akron or Planning to Grow Akron 2.0.

4. Project Category

Select one of the listed categories that best fits your organization’s funding request.

SECTION C:  CDC DESCRIPTION

1. What types of services does your CDC provide?

Describe all types of services provided by your CDC, even those that do not necessarily require funding.  Be as specific as possible. Please describe the activities you want to pay for with the grant funds and those that you anticipate could be paid for with other funding.

2.  Self-explanatory.

3.  Self-explanatory.

4. Who is the primary population served?

Which individuals, neighborhoods, or business does the CDC benefit?  Please be as specific as possible. Additionally, if a more specific group will be served by your CDC’s project, please make this clear in your answer.

5.  GOALS and OBJECTIVES

Please note that goals represent the outcome you intend to achieve whereas objectives represent the actions that help you achieve a goal.

6.  What is the target area served by your CDC?

This helps to pinpoint the program’s location and is helpful in identifying who will benefit from the CDC; e.g., a limited clientele, such as homeless or elderly, or clientele in a limited area that can be identified through census tracts and block groups.  Provide a map attachment showing the boundaries.  Please note that a maximum of one CDC per neighborhood will be awarded funding. For more information consult the City of Akron website Neighborhood Profiles page at https://goo.gl/7wuAaM

5. How does your CDC plan to reduce the need for future grant funding?

Will your CDC always need grant funding for this project/program or will you be able to reduce the need in the future?  If the reviewers do not recommend that you receive the total amount requested, will you still be able to do the proposed project/program?

SECTION D:  PROJECT MEASUREMENT

1. How many people/households will be served by this project?

Briefly explain the activities you plan to undertake with this funding opportunity.

2. Of the total number of people in Question 1, how many of these are low- to moderate income (LMI)?

The City of Akron prefers that at least 51% of clients served be low-to moderate income (LMI) as described in HUD housing guidelines. Please indicate the number LMI persons you expect to be served by your CDC.  You must also be able to document income levels and race/ethnicity of persons being served.

Under the limited clientele category, 51% of the beneficiaries have to be low-to moderate income. The following chart shows the 2021 income limits for extremely low-to-moderate income persons:

Income Guidlines 


3. What is the projected outcome of this program/project? (How will the outcome benefit the total number of persons in Question 1?)

Briefly explain the expected outcomes of your project(s).  The outcomes describe the benefits that result from your activities or outputs and how well they met the user needs. For example: 20 children will learn to read, 7 seniors will access legal help.

4. What procedures will be put into effect to create, compile and maintain data to track performance measurement for this program/project?

How will you manage the collection of data needed to measure the performance of the project?  Will you keep daily/weekly reports, use a specific form or program to track data, etc?

SECTION E:  PROJECT BUDGET

The Project Budget allows you to itemize the expenses related to your project(s). This section allows the reviewers to determine the key areas that will be targeted by the funding.

Project/Program Title:

Fill in Project Title.

Project/Program Expenses:

This table should be filled in completely and reflect all costs related to the project. The first column should detail the items that would be paid for with CDC funding.  The second column should reflect funding that is anticipated from other sources.  The third column should list the entire budget for the project. Keep in mind that a dollar for dollar match is required.

Billing Procedures: Funds will be distributed on a reimbursement basis for expenses incurred in accordance with the contract's goals and objectives.  Billings for anticipated expenses may be included by special arrangement.  Billing schedules may vary for projects, but will generally be either monthly or quarterly. No advances will be given.

Eligible reimbursements are based on items in your approved project budget.

Any costs incurred before the effective date of the contract or after the termination date of the contract will not be covered by the grant. Matching funds must be expended within the period of the grant agreement.

Monitoring and Reporting: Monthly progress reports and a short final report evaluating the success of the project are required as a condition of receiving reimbursement under the contract.  Monthly reports must be submitted in order to be reimbursed project expenses.

City staff will periodically conduct on-site monitoring of each project.  This will include observing project activities and a review of files and financial records.  Any deficiencies or required corrective actions will be noted in a formal letter to the grant recipient.

SECTION F:  Certifications

Provide the necessary signature from one of the following ONLY:  Agency Executive Director, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or President.

APPENDIX I:  INDEX OF ATTACHMENTS

Number and name all attachments, list them in the index of attachments and make sure all of the references to the application are correct. Attachments should only be included if they answer the questions posed in the application. In addition to the required attachments, include only those attachments that are needed to understand the project.

GREAT STREETS AKRON MATCHING FAÇADE GRANT PROGRAM GUIDELINES

NOTE: These federal funds REQUIRE historic coordination for buildings over 50 years and for buildings in a historic district (Aster Ave, Kenmore Blvd).  If funds are approved, businesses with historic designation MUST work with architect specializing in historic renovation AND accept their recommendations.

Notes about Federal Funds

· This program is funded with Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As such, the program is subject to federal regulation and review by federal.

· Please note: businesses are qualified at the federal level based on household earnings of the census block in which they are located. Businesses in the Wallhaven and Ellet districts do not qualify for the Matching Façade Grant.

Program Eligibility and Application

· Owners of business property in specified Great Streets areas are eligible to apply for financial assistance under this program. Preference is given to established businesses. All applicants must be pre-qualified by the City to receive assistance according to Federal guidelines.  Applications will be ranked based on pre-determined criteria provided on page 16 of this packet. It is not guaranteed that all applicants will receive assistance.

· Property owners must be current on taxes OR have been making faithful payments for six months prior to applying. Property owners must continue to make faithful payments and/or stay current on taxes until the project is completed.

· Project eligibility must be confirmed by the Office of Integrated Development. Application forms may be obtained online at www.greatstreetsakron.com, or from the Office of Integrated Development Staff at (330) 375-2355.

· A DUNS number (Dun & Bradstreet) is required for use of federal funds. The application takes only a few minutes to fill out, and you should be assigned a DUNS number within 30 days, or as soon as 48 hours. Go online to www.dnb.com to apply. If awarded a grant, you MUST submit a DUNS number BEFORE your contract can proceed.

· After receipt of an application and confirmation of a possible grant award, a representative of the Office of Integrated Development will contact the applicant. The representative will meet with eligible applicants to review their property, offer recommendations for building and site improvements, and assist the applicant through the review process.

Matching Grants for Façade and Site Improvements

· Matching grants from the City are available only for exterior improvements and/or site improvements. Eligible items include façade renovation, brick and masonry cleaning, installation of new doors and windows, signage improvements, outdoor lighting, outdoor security cameras, roofing, paving and landscaping of on-site parking areas and architectural fees. HVAC and building additions do not generally qualify for assistance.

· Proposed improvements will be reviewed for compliance with building and zoning code standards, including hard surfacing and landscape screening of parking areas.

· Grants must be matched dollar-for-dollar by private funds. Applicants must provide proof of financial means for their share of project funding to the City prior to the start of construction. Architectural fees may be used as part of private matching share.

· Grant funds will be disbursed only AFTER the City has verified the completion of work, and final paid invoices have been submitted. Please note these are REIMBURSEMENT grant funds for completed work.

· Project improvement costs are eligible for payment only if completed AFTER approval by the Office of Integrated Development and subject to the dates specified within the signed contract between the City and the recipient.

· Maximum grant is $30,000.

· Grants are awarded by building, rather than address or parcel. This means a strip mall/plaza would be eligible for one grant; an owner with multiple separate structures on the same parcel would be able to apply for each structure.

· Since these façade improvement grants are public funds, participants will be expected to get at least three bids for their project. This allows for some assurance that the project pricing is competitive and that there is an opportunity to support local businesses.

· As stated above, two or more official construction bids are encouraged before the application goes to final approval. For this purpose, preliminary construction estimates from a licensed contractor are strongly encouraged with your application. This puts the scope of the project in context to the applicant and speeds up the final approval phase. It is highly recommended that an applicant begin collecting construction bids once they receive a preliminary approval letter.

· The selected contractor(s) are required to maintain a business license with Summit County, as well as, insurance coverage in the type and amounts deemed necessary by the City. Additionally, selected contractors must comply with Federal requirements and restrictions related to fair labor standards, equal opportunity employment, conflict of interest and certain environmental protection issues.

· ALL contractors must be registered in the SAM’s.

· All required permits for renovation activities will be verified for each project and must be submitted with invoices. If permits are not obtained prior to renovation activities, invoices will not be paid. For information on required permits, please contact the Summit County Building Department at 330-630-7280.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications released – Rolling

Applications due – Rolling

Preliminary Approval Letters – As awarded

Site Visits – As scheduled

Application Review: Varies (See Below)

Application Review Process:

· After site visits, buildings 50yrs or older OR buildings residing in a historic districts (Kenmore Blvd, Aster Ave), applications will be sent for review by an architect specializing in historic renovation. Projects in historic districts must be approved by historic architect.

· Once final construction bids and proof of matching funds are received, application is then sent to committee for final review. We cannot move forward with processing your application if finalized bids are not submitted.

· The duration of this process varies. The more complete your application is when submitted, the more expedited the process (ie. Including a detailed scope of the project, all supplementary documentation, all construction bids, and visual architectural renderings (highly encouraged).

· Once approved by the review committee, a contract will be prepared and sent for signature. None of the work outlined in your application should begin before you have signed a contract.  This is to your benefit, as receipts submitted outside the timeline of the contract may be delayed or denied.

· A DUNS number (Dun & Bradstreet) MUST be submitted before your contract can proceed.

· Grant awardees must submit a copy of their certificate of insurance, with the city of Akron added on as an additional insured, including additional insured endorsement for commercial general liability.

· Upon receipt of your signed contract, you will be notified that your contractors may secure permits and begin work.

Payment upon receipt of invoices: The City makes payment upon receipt of invoices and successful completion of work. You may submit invoices as work is completed; you do not have to wait until the entire project is complete. Ten percent is withheld on each payment until the overall project is completely finished. Checks are usually issued 2-4 weeks after invoices are received if a contract is in place.

PROJECT SUGGESTIONS AND OTHER NOTES

Our committee often encounters business owners who want to do something but they aren’t quite sure what to do. Here are some best practices, things we like to see, and comments we typically make when reviewing applications. If you are still uncertain about what you would like to do, please contact Mark Greer at mark.greer@akronohio.gov, 330-375-2355.

· Improved lighting to all sides of the building and parking lots (lighting side streets and side/back alleys serve to improve safety and increase walkability)

· Install awnings over doors and windows

· Install outdoor security cameras

· Install outdoor patio seating

· Adding green space/planters.

· Invest in signage (see signage guidelines for more details.)

· Mural installation on exposed wall

· Installing large storefront windows/opening closed off windows

· Landscaping improvements

· Power washing building façade

· Creating landscaping in large parking lots/landscaping edge to parking lot

· Beautifying the rear and sides of the building especially where there is access to alleys and parking lots.

Other things to note:

· Coordinating with neighbors on shared parking, landscaping, signage, awnings, lighting, etc., helps create a cohesive look and feel to the neighborhood and can reduce costs if choosing the same company/contractor.

· Parking lot repairs, roof repairs, and other general maintenance work should typically not be the ONLY improvements done. Projects with these repairs should also include an improvement to the façade of the business (see above list for suggestions).

Visit the resources section of our website Greatstreetsakron.com for additional resources, design guide and reference documents.

What is Akron's Residential CRA Tax Abatement Program?

  • The abatement allows owners to pay taxes solely on the pre-improvement assessed value of their residential property for 15 years after improvements are completed. Property owners will not be required to pay property taxes on any increase in value that resulted from renovation or new construction on the property for a period of 15 years.
  • The abatement stays with the property for the 15-year duration of the abatement. If it is sold during the 15-year period of the abatement, the new owner continues to receive the abatement. 
  • At the end of the 15 years of abatement the property will be taxed at its total post-improvement assessed value. 

What types of improvements qualify? 

Major Improvements that MAY qualify homeowner for tax abatement. 

  • Building a new porch
  • Remodel a basement/attic into living space
  • New additions to an existing structure
  • Install a sunroom
  • New construction
  • Gut and renovate a home or apartment building
  • Build or enlarge a garage
  • Install indoor fireplace
  • Install new additional bathroom

Are there any restrictions? 

  • Appropriate building permits must be issues to qualify for the tax abatement. Certificates of Occupancy or final inspections signed PRIOR TO APRIL 24, 2017 WILL NOT qualify for the property abatement.
  • The property must be located in the City of Akron and identified on the Summit County Fiscal Office Auditor property card as being located within the City of Akron.
  • Property Taxes and assessments cannot be delinquent.
  • The property must be appropriately maintained or the tax exemption may be revoked.
  • Only residential structures are eligible of the abatement. For mixed-use structures, only the residential portion will be eligible.
  • Property must meet City of Akron zoning requirements.
  • A minimum of $5,000 investment in renovation or construction is required to apply.
  • Per Ohio Revised Code Section 3735.67, if the housing structure qualifies as a historic structure, the appropriateness of the remodeling must be certified, in writing, by an authorized person or organization prior to issuance of the abatement. 

What are the steps in the process?

Step 1 - The developer or owner must pull a building permit with the Summit County Building Department located at 1030 E, Tallmadge Ave. #3, Akron, OH 44310

Step 2 - Upon pulling a permit, provide a copy of the permit and complete the City of Akron Community Reinvestment Tax Abatement - Residential Application. The application can be summited online or mail to:        

                   City of Akron Tax Abatement

                   Department of Planning and Urban Development

                   Long Range Planning

                   166 S. High Street, Room 401

                   Akron, OH 44308

Step 3 - The City of Akron Department of Planning and Urban Development reviews the applications for completeness. If the Application and supporting documentation meet the requirements, the application will be processed for tax abatement. The application will be forwarded to the County Auditor's Office.

Step 4 - The Summit County Auditor will conduct a field inspection and verify the new construction/rehabilitation. Value (if appropriate) will be added to the property. Tax adjustments will be made accordingly. 

The tax abatement program does NOT guarantee abatement for county periodic reassessments. The abatement is only for the increase in assessed property tax value triggered by the current remodeling or new construction improvements.


For more information about the City of Akron's Community Reinvestment Area Tax Abatement Program or download a copy of the application visit our website: 

 https://www.akronohio.gov/cms/ResidentialTaxAbatement/



Overall Theme:  Align Community Services Program with the four pillars of Social Determinants of Health priorities: Economic Stability, Education/Health Care, Community and Social Engagement.

Infant Mortality

Eligible applications must support projects/programs that increase access to education as it relates to infant mortality for expectant mothers, mothers of newborns and infants.  

The Full Term First Birthday Strategic Plan identified concerns regarding “the unacceptable rate of mortality for black babies and poor health outcomes of black women.”  Furthermore, infant mortality is linked “with social determinants of health and their inequitable impact on women and babies of color.  Social determinants of health are factors in an individual’s social, economic and physical environment that affect infant mortality.”  

The Community Services Program should focus on the Full Term First Birthday Strategic Plan as it relates to “engagement, education and equip residents to support and promote healthy full-term pregnancies and safe sleep for babies.”  Additionally, proposed programs should seek to:

1. Promote a healthy active lifestyle
2. Promote self-care
3. Educate and promote breastfeeding
4. Promote birth-spacing
5. Educate and promote safe sleep practices
6. Reduce premature births and infant mortality among African-American infants, specifically; and all infants

Public Safety and the Judicial System
Eligible applicants in this area must focus on projects/programs that directly support the strategic priorities of the City of Akron Youth Violence Prevention Plan and focus on the neighborhood as the unit of change.  

Eligible grants must prioritize Akron youth ages 15-24 – the key demographic in the Plan.  Grants must directly align with one of the eight “Strategic Approaches” outlined in the Plan.

Conversations within the community clearly show that residents would like to see “neighborhood safety” prioritized so that “everyone from all neighborhoods feels safe.”  Proposals should be strategic and impactful, focusing on youth.  Respondents seemed to gravitate towards youth violence or the exposure of youth to violence in a big way.  The youth themselves reported wanting to not just be safe but “feel safe” in their neighborhoods.   


Financial Empowerment Centers

Eligible proposals must focus on working with Akron’s low income residents to provide guidance and assistance with managing finances, reducing debt, increasing savings, establishing and building credit, and access to safe and affordable mainstream banking.

Eligible grants must prioritize financial stability and services while at the same time integrating with other social services including housing, foreclosure prevention services, workforce development, and prisoner re-entry.  Please reference Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund Approach.

Information and Referral
Eligible proposals must focus on providing information and referrals to Akron residents related to health, human and social service organizations.  

Eligible proposals must have the ability to refer residents in need to agencies that have the skills and have been vetted to provide services on an as-needed basis based on the caller’s need.  Provide information and referrals to where callers can access assistance.


Grantees MUST complete a final report detailing the results of the project/program and outcomes achieved.  


GENERAL APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Responses to questions should be between 250-500 words; no more than two pages in length and double-spaced.  If necessary, you may include additional information in the Attachments section at the end of each section.

2. Label and reference attachments appropriately.  There is space for extra attachments at the end of each section.

3. To provide the reviewers of your application with a better understanding of the target area of the project, you may attach photographs, maps or other visual aids.  These may be included with the application as attachments at the end of each section.

4.  If a question does not appear to apply to your proposal, “Not Applicable” or “N/A” is a legitimate answer.

5.  If you have questions about completing the application, please contact Darin Chambers in the Long Range Planning Division office at (330) 375-2090 x6476.

6. Download the Certifications page here.  Please print this form, have the appropriate parties* sign, and upload in Section 6 of the application.  This form is required to evaluate your application.

(*Appropriate parties are comprised of the following only:  Executive Director, President or Chief Executive Officer)


Notes:

Billing Procedures:  Funds will be distributed on a reimbursement basis for expenses incurred in accordance with the contract's goals and objectives.  Billings for anticipated expenses may be included by special arrangement.  Billing schedules may vary for projects but will generally be either monthly or quarterly.  No advances will be given.

Eligible reimbursements are based on items in your approved project budget.

Any costs incurred before the effective date of the contract or after the termination date of the contract will not be covered by the grant. Matching funds must be expended within the period of the grant agreement.

Monitoring and Reporting:  Monthly progress reports and a short final report evaluating the success of the project are required as a condition of receiving reimbursement under the contract.  Monthly reports must be submitted in order to be reimbursed project expenses.

City staff will periodically conduct on-site monitoring of each project.  This will include observing project activities and a review of files and financial records.  Any deficiencies or required corrective actions will be noted in a formal letter to the grant recipient.

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