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About the CommUNITY Fund
Eligibility Requirements
How to Apply
Frequently Asked Questions
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Who is in charge of the CommUNITY Fund?
The Vernon CommUNITY Fund was established and is annually funded by the Vernon City Council. The Grant Committee, consisting of seven(7) individuals, makes all decisions relative to the award of grants. Grant Committee members are appointed through the nomination and application process outlined in Vernon City Ordinance number

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How often can an organization apply for funding?
Grant requests will be retained for a period of twelve months after submission. Grant requests not approved in the within the first three months will automatically be forwarded for consideration during the next round of approvals. New proposals can be submitted once a year.

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Can an organization that is not a governmental agency or 501(c)(3) certified still apply for a grant?
No. The Vernon CommUNITY Fund only provides grants to governmental agencies or organizations that are 501(c)(3) certified.

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Can an organization without a 990 or an audit still apply for funding?
Organizations with annual budgets less than $125,000 can submit financial documents authenticated and signed by a Certified Public Accountant. Annual Income and Expense statement; documentation of revenue and sources; along with bank statements will be accepted. Organizations required to file form 990 by the IRS must submit the most recent documents submitted to the IRS.

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What happens after an organization receives a grant award?
Prior to receiving grant funds, organizations will submit a grant agreement letter signed by the Executive Director or Chair of the Board of Directors. The Grant Agreement Letter outlines all conditions for accepting the grant including the reports required. Grant reports will request an updated budget and contain questions such as:

CommUNITY Fund grantees should also be prepared to host site visits from the Grant Committee and its associated partners.

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What if a grant cannot be completed in the projected time period?
If more time is needed to finish the activities outlined in the proposal a request for a no-cost extension must be submitted at least 30 days prior to grant ending date. No-cost extensions of up to four months are permissible.

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Is it possible to talk to someone about grant ideas and procedures?
Applicant Information Sessions will be conducted in person and via webinar in the near future. Send contact information to: vernoncommunityfund@ci.vernon.ca.us to receive announcements about these sessions and other public events related to VCF.

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