Non-Profit Financial Assistance Program


Non-Profit Financial Assistance grants available to West Sacramento-based non-profit
organizations for the benefit of the West Sacramento community
Program not funded for 2016/17

What is the West Sacramento Non-Profit Financial Assistance Program?
A program designed to financially assist West Sacramento-based non-profit organizations that have historically provided essential services to the residents of West Sacramento.

What is an essential service?
An essential service is defined as one that contributes to the health care, food, shelter or clothing of an economically disadvantaged population.

Who can apply?

Any non-profit organization that serves the West Sacramento community.

Selection Criteria
Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
    1. Positive and effective relationship with the City of West Sacramento, including Parks & Recreation
    2.
Criticality of service provided to West Sacramento Residents
    3. If the service were to discontinue, would the health or safety of West Sacramento residents be affected?
    4.
Completeness of the application
    5.
Ability of applicant to perform activity as described in the application
    6. Valid IRS 501C 3 status or the equivalent of a non-profit organization

How much can my organization apply for this year?
The program is not funded for the fiscal year 2016/17.  The most recent program was funded in the amount of $30,000, and the funds were available to qualified organizations.  When the program is offered, organizations can request whatever amount is needed.  A spreadsheet will be provided for detailed and itemized purchases.

What is the selection process?
The Parks, Recreation & Intergenerational Services Commission has appointed subcommittee members to review the applications, along with selected staff members of the Parks & Recreation Department.  The subcommittee will make recommendations to the Parks, Recreation & Intergenerational Services Commission, who select the organizations they feel have the greatest need or whose request yields the greatest benefit to the community.  Those selections then go before the City Council for approval.

When are Non-Profit Financial Assistance applications due?
During funded years the applications are due in early October.  No e-mail applications are allowed.  Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than the indicated date, and hand-delivered applications must be turned into the Parks & Recreation office, 1110 West Capitol Ave., 1st Floor, by the close of business at 5 pm on that date.  Applications must be complete, legible if hand-written, include all required documents, and be signed by the organization representative.

When are Non-Profit Financial Assistance awards announced?
Once approved by City Council, Parks & Recreation will notify all applicants by mail of the results, usually in January/February during years when the program is funded.

How do those selected organizations receive their funding?
Those organizations that are awarded Non-Profit Financial Assistance must enter into a contract within 90 days of the date of the letter confirming the funding or the funding will be nullified.  Once the contract is received, the City will issue a check for 80% of the amount awarded.  The additional 20% will be issued once the organization has demonstrated that they spent the funds as promised.

How do I get started?
Application not available - program is not funded for the fiscal year 2016/17.  Please read the information thoroughly to determine if your organization is eligible.

Who do I contact if I have questions?
Send us an e-mail to
parks@cityofwestsacramento.org or call at (916) 617-4627.