The Guam Economic Development Authority (GEDA) is pleased to announce its inaugural Qualifying Certificate Community Contribution (QCCC) Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2020. GEDA invites not-for-profit organizations or government of Guam agencies to submit an application for grant funding that will support our local community through eligible projects and/or programs.

Through community contributions funded by its Qualifying Certificate (“QC”) Program, GEDA intends to give back to the local community through an objective, criteria-based scoring process. Below you will find the QCCC Program Information, Application Criteria, and the Grant Process. There is a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section as well. Please direct all other questions to qcgrants@investguam.com.

WHO MAY APPLY / ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION

  • Applicants must be registered not-for-profit organizations (NPOs) or government of Guam departments or agencies.
  • Ineligible applicants include: individuals; for profit organizations and profit-making enterprises of NPOs; private operating foundations; fraternal, military, service clubs, or similar organizations whose principle activity is for the benefit of its members; and programs that directly benefit members of the Board or Staff of GEDA or their families to the second (2nd) degree of consanguinity.
  • Priority will be assigned to organizations that were not funded in any two prior grant cycles.

PROGRAM AREAS OF INTEREST

  • Project must fall within one of the following seven (7) categories:
    1. Health Care (priority to the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority and the Department of Public Health and Social Services)
    2. Public Safety
    3. Higher Education
    4. Cultural Preservation
    5. Tourist Attractions and/or Projects
    6. Sports Tourism (to invest in sports facilities on the island)
    7. Economic Development with a priority on the promotion of industry and small business
  • Project should:
    1. Address a fundamental need in one of the seven (7) categories; and
    2. Show how it will improve the quality of life for the people in our community.

CONDITIONS & REQUIREMENTS

  • Project must be able to be completed within twelve (12) months after the grant is awarded or disbursed funds must be returned, and remaining funds will be forfeited and remain with the grant program.
  • GEDA requires any government of Guam grantee to conform to the government of Guam procurement law (Chapter 5, Division 1, Title 5 of the Guam Code Annotated).
  • Non-government of Guam grantees must, at a minimum, obtain three (3) vendor quotes for items to be purchased over $15,000.
  • Grantee must publicly acknowledge the Qualifying Certificate contributor and GEDA.
  • GEDA does not require cost-sharing by grantees but highly encourages such cost-sharing plans to be included in its application, if any.
  • The GEDA reserves the right to include additional conditions and requirements, including but not limited to progress and financial reports.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR GRANT APPLICATION

  • There are three ways to submit the Grant Application and supporting materials:
    1. Website (preferred)

      www.investguam.com/qc-grants

    2. Email

      qcgrants@investguam.com

    3. Deliver
    4. Guam Economic Development Authority
      590 South Marine Corps. Drive
      Suite 511, ITC Building
      Tamuning, Guam

APPLICATION INFORMATION (5 PTS)

  • Date; Date of application submitted
  • Organization; Legal name of the organization submitting the proposal
  • Year Founded; If applicable
  • Address; The organization's main address
  • Tax ID number/certification; If a nonprofit, copy of  your 501 (c)(3) certificate, by-laws, and most recently filed Form 990
  • President/Executive Director
  • Point of ContactPrimary organization contact
  • Phone/Email
  • Mission Statement
  • Current Annual Operating Budget

INTRODUCTION & PROJECT OVERVIEW/SUMMARY (25 PTS)

This criterion provides an overview of the proposed project
  • Project TitleTitle of the project, program or organization for which funding is requested.
  • Project DirectorThe person responsible for the project for which funding is requested.
  • Project Director Contact Information; (Phone/Email)
  • Total Project BudgetRepresents how much the project will cost and how the money will be used. If the proposed project includes other funding, identify all sources and amounts.
  • Amount Requested From QCCC ProgramThe portion of the total budget for which the QC grant funding is being requested.
  • Project DatesBeginning and end dates of the project
  • Program Goals; The goal statement should broadly describe the result(s) or what is intended to accomplish with the project relative to the target program area of interest and summarizes the activities planned to achieve the project goal.
  • Expected Outcome(s) of the Project
  • Project Location
  • Project DescriptionThis more detailed description should include information such as data that helps you know the project needs; key tasks, activities, action steps & dates (a project timeline or task chart may be attached).

NEED FOR ASSISTANCE (20 PTS)

This criterion should indicate the relationship between the need, the proposed project, as well as a relationship to the organization's mission.
  • Need for Assistance/Quality of LifeAddress the fundamental need in one of the seven (7) program areas of interest and how the project will improve the quality of life for the people in our community.
    1. Health Care (priority to the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority and the Department of Public Health and Social Services)
    2. Public Safety
    3. Higher Education
    4. Cultural Preservation
    5. Tourist Attractions and/or Projects
    6. Sports Tourism (to invest in sports facilities on the island)
    7. Economic Development with a priority on the promotion of industry and small business
  • Applicant's Long-range GoalsPlease provide a brief statement of the organization (if any) or project's mission and a concise summary of its long-range goals.

PROJECT APPROACH (10 PTS)

This criterion should indicate the applicant's project strategy to include:
  • Partnership PlanningCommunity collaboration if applicable, to help achieve the result
  • Implementation Planning
  • Accessibility to the General Public

ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY (20 PTS)

This criterion should indicate if the applicant/organization has staff with the necessary knowledge, skills, and expertise to successfully manage the project and funds if awarded:
  • Applicant Organization and Cooperating Partner Organizations
  • Applicant Organizational Structure
  • Project Staff Biographies and Position Descriptions
  • Identify and justify the Hiring of Employees of the Proposed Projects
  • Program Management Capacity
  • Fiscal Management Capacity
  • Partnership Agreements, Letter of Commitment, etc.

PROJECT IMPACT & EVALUATION (20 PTS)

This criterion should indicate an impact statement and an evaluation process to determine successful outcomes
  • Expected Project Impact
  • Evaluation & Monitoring Process

I. NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY

  • The GEDA will issue a Notice of Funding Availability as Qualifying Certificate Community Contribution funds become available. This begins the QCCC Grant Program process.

II. APPLICATION FORM

  • The application must be completed with supporting documentation and submitted by the grant deadline before introduction to the Board of Directors. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of this form as well as required supporting documents.

III. GEDA STAFF REVIEW

  • The application is initially screened by GEDA staff for thoroughness and prepared for review by the Grant Evaluation Committee.

IV. GRANT EVALUATION COMMITTEE

  • The committee is made up of a minimum of one member of the GEDA board, but no more than three, the GEDA CEO/Administrator, the GEDA Deputy Administrator, at least one manager from GEDA, and at least one community member. The application will be reviewed and recommended for approval or disapproval to the GEDA Board.

V. GEDA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Each application recommended by the Grant Evaluation Committee is introduced at the board meeting.

VI. NOTICE OF ACTION

  • Applicants are informed of the GEDA Board's decision and, when a proposal is disapproved, the applicant is notified and provided with a rationale for the disapproval.

VII. GRANT COMPLIANCE MONITORING

  • The GEDA Compliance Division will monitor the awarded grant funds disbursement process and grant project schedule to ensure QCCC Grant Program funds are used as intended.