The local allocations process is getting underway, and Local Allocations Committee members are preparing to review funding applications from our partner agencies for programs and services that address one or more areas of need or opportunity identified our 2020 Strategic Priorities. By ensuring that allocations are aligned strategically, we and our partners are best able to serve and strengthen our community.
The committee will review over 50 separate applications reflecting programs and services in six funding envelopes (categories of services to be supported): Social Services, Jewish Education, Seniors, Community Building, Youth, and Arts and Culture. In June, Federation’s Board of Directors will receive the Local Allocations Committee’s funding recommendations for review and approval.
To ensure agency accountability and to maintain an accurate record of how they use distributed funds, all funded agencies submit a program evaluation demonstrating how the funds have been spent and how their projected program outcomes have been met. Agencies’ final reports are included as part of the application process at the start of the next new cycle.
During each funding cycle, the 13-member Local Allocations Committee receives new applications for funding for distribution to over 25 of our partner agencies serving the Greater Vancouver Jewish community. Our goal is to provide stable and predictable funding to enable agencies to plan and budget appropriately, so funding is allocated for a two-year period. The funds agencies receive in the second year is dependent on the campaign results and their evaluation outcomes.
As the committee begins the allocations process, it will also address a further need that was identified in our 2020 Strategic Priorities: to increase the number of opportunities for more flexible, targeted funding through Community Engagement Grants and the Inspiring Inclusion Grants. These grants not only support existing organizations’ abilities to introduce new program ideas but also enable informal and grassroots organizations to undertake small programs in response to new and emerging community needs.
The Local Allocations Committee is made up of a broad cross-section of community members who bring their knowledge of the community along with their business or professional expertise. This year we are excited to announce that we have seven new members joining the committee, reflecting both the geographic and demographic diversity of our community.
For more information about the allocations process, visit our website.