Community Service Programs

Human Services

Community Service Programs

Community Services

Community Services, a division of the Department of Community Development, administers and coordinates the County’s Human Services Delivery Network.   This network brings together nonprofit service providers, community-based organizations, churches, citizens, private sector and other local governments to address the issues related to Fulton County residents.

 

Community Services

Community SERVICE PROGRAM-FAQ

Q. What are the general requirements for the Request for Proposal (RFP) process for the Community Services Program?

  • The maximum Community Services funding award for each agency and proposal is $100,000.
  • The minimum Community Services funding award for each agency and proposal is $25,000.
  • The maximum amount of funds allowed for administrative purposes is 5%.
  • An agency may only submit one CSP RFP per funding cycle.
  • Community Services funds must be used to support Fulton County residents only.
  • All programs must be accessible to all Fulton County residents regardless of their ability to pay.
  • Agency must be able to report the Fulton County Commission District in which all program participants reside.
  • The proposed project must take place in a facility that is accessible under Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines. For more information or technical assistance, call the Fulton County Office of Diversity and Civil Rights Compliance (DCRC), 404-612-7390.
  • All contracts will operate between January 1 and December 31 of the funding years indicated in the RFP.
  • Vendors that are awarded Community Services Program funding will be required to submit a current Certificate or Declaration of Insurance, with Fulton County listed as certificate holder.
  • Vendors that are awarded Community Services Program funding will be required to submit a Georgia Security and Immigration Contractor Affidavit and Agreement during the contract process, and as applicable a Georgia Security and Immigration
  • Subcontractor Affidavit. 

Q. What are the characteristics of Community Services Programs that have historically been funded?

  • Results-Driven: program focuses on improving the conditions and well-being of participants with a tracking system in place to measure the program’s impact.
  • Evidence-based Practice: program has a significant level of measurable, and quality data showing positive outcomes.
  • Innovative: program addresses gaps in current systems, tests new approaches, or uses creative strategies to address unmet needs.
  • Collaborative: agency partners with one or more organizations to achieve mutual intended outcomes. Two or more local communities/non-profits working in support of a single or collaborative project.
  • Systemic Approach: program engages in policy analysis and action that enables us to identify and influence the key root causes of issues negatively impacting Fulton County’s residents.

Q. What are the Eligibility Requirements for a Request for Proposal?

  • Letter from the Internal Revenue Service - Letter from the Internal Revenue Service recognizing the agency/applicant as tax exempt and non- profit, under Section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Agency and 501 (c) 3 status must be in existence for at least one (1) year.

  • Certificate of Existence from the Georgia Secretary of State- Submit a copy of the agency’s Certificate of Existence document downloaded from the Georgia Secretary of State. The document includes the Business name, type, status, and year of last annual registration, etc. (i.e. ABC Inc.; Domestic Nonprofit Corporation; Active/Compliance; 2018) “Each business entity registered or filed with the Office of Secretary of State is required to file an annual registration. Entity annual registrations are due by April 1of each year, but may be filed as early as January 1.”
  •  List of Agency Board Members - A list of all active agency board members.
  • Agency/Program organizational chart - Agency/Program organizational chart indicating all major components of agency/program.
  • Agency/program audit -Submit a copy of the agency/program audit conducted by a Certified Public Accountant. Eligible audits must be for fiscal year review periods between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2017 and must contain at least one full year (12 months) of financial records within the review periods. This must be a full, signed audit that includes an Independent Auditor’s Report expressing an opinion regarding all pertinent material aspects of the agency's finances. (Independent is defined as a third party auditor submitting a report on the auditing agency’s letterhead.) Note: Financial Statements or Reports ARE NOT considered full audits and will not be accepted.
  • Recent agency/program financial statements- Submit a recent copy of the agency/program financial statements containing at least one full year (12 months) of financial records between January 1, 2016 and August 31, 2018.
  • CSP Funding Parameters- Requested funding amount falls within the defined funding parameters: request is at or above the minimum $25,000 threshold per agency and proposal, and below the maximum $100,000 threshold per agency and proposal. Note: The maximum amount of HCD-CSP funds allowed for administrative purposes is 5% of funds awarded, which is inclusive of direct and indirect charges for administration of the grant.

Q. What deems an RFP Ineligible?

Proposals will be DEEMED INELIGIBLE for the following reasons:

  • Proposal’s funding request exceeds $100,000 CSP max, and/or exceeds 5% Administrative max. Includes direct and indirect charges for administration of the grant.
  • Construction projects, renovations, repairs, remodeling of existing buildings, or land acquisitions will not be funded (This does not apply for the Senior Home Modification projects, or renovations/repairs).
  • Agencies whose activities are restricted to its membership.
  • College / University projects which are not open to the public and do not serve a significant (50%) non-student population.
  • Government agencies; Agencies that serve as funding sources to 501(c) 3 organizations.
  • Projects of a religious nature.
  • Scholarships to public / private educational institutions.
  • Deficit Reduction.
  • Capital expenditures (resources not completely consumed during the contract year i.e. computers, construction, vehicles, cell phones, etc.). Program materials that may be pertinent to the scope of services of a funded program and that aid in grantee meeting contracted program outcomes are excluded from capital expenditure definition (i.e. children's story books, educational materials, games, puzzles, and flash cards).

Q.How is the Request for Proposals Evaluated and Scored?

Review Process and Evaluation Criteria:

The review and scoring of CSP proposals consists of four (4) components:

  • Eligibility Review
  • Internal and External Evaluation Committee Review
  • Funding Allocation Protocol
  • Final Review and action by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners

Eligibility Review is the initial screening phase of the submitted Community Services Proposals. The eligibility review is initiated by the Purchasing Department who ensures the proper and timely submission of the proposals by the deadline. The eligibility review continues with the Department of Community Development who ensures that the proposals include the required information as outlined in the RFP.

The Community Services Evaluation Committee is comprised of twenty (20) committee members, of which ten (10) are internal county staff and ten (10) are external “subject matter experts”. Additional reviewers are activated should the number of proposals submitted exceeds the capacity of the CSP Evaluation Committee. Fulton County Department Directors/Division Managers, whose program(s) align with the five CSP Service Categories (Children and Youth Services, Disabilities, Economic Stability/Poverty, Homelessness, and Senior Services) assign staff to serve as internal committee members and recommend “subject matter experts” to serve as external reviewers. External reviewers complete a questionnaire outlining their areas of skills and expertise, and are required to complete a confidentiality agreement, and a conflict of interest agreement prior to review of proposals. Proposals will be categorized based on the primary service category indicated by the vendor. Each proposal will receive two (2) reviews and two (2) scores to minimize any potential bias from a single reviewer.

Q. When does a Request for Proposal begin and end?

The CSP award runs from January 1st to December 31st of the funding year.

Q. How does one apply for the Community Service Program?

To apply, you must first register as a user via the WebGrants Portal. Once you are registered you will then have access to apply via the online Request For Proposal.

Q. Who do we contact for additional information about Requests for Proposals?

For more information, please email us at hsd.applications@fultoncountyga.gov



Summer Youth Internship Program (SYIP)- FAQ

Q. Do I qualify for the Summer Youth Internship Program if I attend college out of state but have a primary residence in Fulton County?

A. Yes, as long as your primary residence is located within one of the designated Fulton County zip codes listed for the Summer Youth Internship program.

Q. Do I qualify for the Summer Youth Internship Program if I attend one of the schools listed but do not live in any of the zip codes listed?

A. Yes. As long as you either attend a listed school OR live in one of the Fulton County zip codes listed, you are qualified to apply for the Summer Youth Internship Program.

Q. May I participate in the Summer Youth Internship Program if I am not able to participate until a week after the program starts?

A. No. Interns selected to participate in the Summer Youth Internship Program must be available to work from June 12, 2019 through July 16, 2019.

Q. I have a relative that works for Fulton County Government, if accepted into the Summer Youth Internship Program may I be assigned to her work site?

A. No. While we do accept interns into the Summer Youth Internship Program who have relatives that work for Fulton County, it is against our policy to place interns in the same department as their relatives.

Q. Do I automatically get the Summer Youth Internship job once I apply?

A. No. Applications are processed on a first-come first-served basis. Applicants will be contacted and invited in for an interview at which time all of the required documents must be turned in to the program facilitators. After completing the interview process, applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the Summer Youth Internship program and will be required to attend a group orientation prior to beginning his/her work assignments.

Q. Does my parents’ income affect my chances to get a paid internship with the Summer Youth Internship Program?

A. No, income is not part of the qualifying criteria for acceptance into the Summer Youth Internship Program.

Q. If I participated in the Summer Youth Internship Program last year, will I automatically qualify to participate this year?

A. No, you must still apply for the Summer Youth Internship program each year.

Q. Who do we contact for additional information?

A. For more information about the Summer Youth Internship Program, please contact us at summeryouthinternshipprogram@fultoncountyga.gov 


Fulton County Youth Commission (FCYC)- FAQ

Q. What is the Fulton County Youth Commission (FCYC)?

A. The FCYC is a leadership program for high school students in Fulton County, Georgia, whose primary purpose is to advocate for children and youth issues. The program empowers participants to become involved in the local government process as it pertains to youth related legislation, policies and programming.

Q. Who is eligible to apply for the Fulton County Youth Commission?

A. Applicants must attend a Fulton County School, Atlanta Public School, Private or Charter School within Fulton County. Applicants must also be Fulton County residents.

Q. What is the age/grade requirement for the Youth Commission?

A. Applicants must be a high school freshmen, sophomores, or juniors enrolled in a high school within Fulton County lines. Applicants going into their senior year of high school during the start of the program term are not eligible to apply.

Q. How many Youth Commissioners are typically on the Youth Commission?

A. The program typically appoints 31 Youth Commissioners throughout Fulton County. There are a total of 5 Youth Commissioners per commission district and one youth commissioner that serves the county at-large.

Q. What is the time commitment for participation in the Fulton County Youth Commission?

A.Youth Commissioners volunteer an average of 20 hours per month for planning meetings and community projects and over 120 hours on an annual basis

Q. Who do we contact for additional information about the Fulton County Youth Commission?

A. Please contact Reginald Crossley at reginald.crossley@fultoncountyga.gov

My Brothers keeper fulton county (MBKFC) - FAQ

Q. What is the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK)?

A. My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK) is an initiative of the Obama Foundation that focuses on building safe and supportive communities for boys and young men of color where they feel valued and have clear pathways to opportunity. MBK addresses persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. Through this initiative, cities, towns, businesses, and foundations connect young people to mentoring, support networks, and the skills they need to find a good job or go to college and work their way into the middle class.

Q. What are six national milestones that the MBK alliance seeks to address?

A. There are six national milestones that the MBK alliance seeks to address: 1. Entering school ready to learn;  2. Reading at grade level by third grade; 3. Graduating from high school ready for college and career;  4. Completing post-secondary education or training; 5. Successfully entering the workforce; and 6. Reducing violence and providing a second chance.

Q. What is the My Brother’s Keeper Fulton County Taskforce (MBKFC)?

A. The My Brother’s Keeper Fulton County Task Force (“MBKFC”) was established by Board Action on October 15, 2014 (Agenda Item No. 14-0861) to align with the Obama Foundation’s efforts to educate and save the lives of children with a focus on Fulton County.  For more information on the My Brother’s Keeper Fulton County Taskforce, contact the Youth and Community Services Division at 404-613-7944

Q. What is the My Brother’s Keeper Fulton County (MBKFC) Competitive Application?

A. The MBKFC competitive application provides funding for projects that aim to have a direct and justifiable impact on boys and men of color in communities throughout Fulton County. The objective is to ensure the social, economic, health and environmental well-being for boys and young men of color.  The 2019 MBKFC competitive application was released on July 15, 2019 and closed August 12, 2019. The Fulton County Board of Commissioners approved the allocation of $100,000 in funding to 14 non-profit agencies (Agenda item#19-0738).   Future funding MBKFC funding opportunities will be determined by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.  

Q. Who is the contact for additional information about My Brother’s Keeper Fulton County (MBKFC)?

A. Please contact the Youth and Community Services Division at 404-613-7944