All project applicants should be aware of the following policies regarding funding through the WaterWorks Grant Program. If funded, your grant agreement will include details of requirements which may include updates to some of the information here; the grant agreement language will supersede any differences.
This requirement can be waived for community-based organizations that work primarily with low-income or under-represented groups by completing the related question on the application.
- Billing rates, or fully burdened rates, should be your customary rates or rates which reflect full cost of the project to your organization. If you use billing rates you may not include overhead costs in your budget.
- Line item overhead rates should be reasonable and reflect some or all of the full cost of the project to your organization. If you include overhead rates in your grant request, you must use actual salary and benefit costs in your budget.
However, an organization that plans or recruits volunteers for a work party or a business that donates materials and helps with outreach, could be considered partnerships—where both parties take an active role in the project. Partner roles and activities should be clearly identified in the grant agreement.
In certain cases, advances of a portion of the funds can be made upon request and at the discretion of the County. Twenty percent of the award will be held back until a close-out verifies compliance with terms and conditions of the agreement.