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Application Process

The MSA Grant application process is available to all eligible nonprofit and local government agencies seeking funding for programs to provide health-related services to residents of Napa County.

Pre-application scores were released on December 18, 2013. Agencies that were invited to submit a full application may do so until the full application deadline at 5:00 p.m. on January 31, 2014.

For more information, please see the materials below or contact:

Ben King, Staff Services Analyst


Fiscal Year 2014-2015 MSA Grant Application Materials

General Information

Key Dates 

Application Process

Application Guidance

Examples of high-scoring pre-applications from fiscal year 2013-2014


Pre-Application Form

Pre-Application Rating Criteria

Full Application

Full Application Form

Full Application Rating Criteria

Full Application Line-Item Budget Format

Full Application Logic Model Example


We will post any generally applicable questions that we receive from applicants - and corresponding answers - here. Questions not pertaining to the full application phase have been archived.

Q: One of our reviewers has questioned whether the pre-application content needs to be repeated in the full application. We interpreted the following from the "Application Process" to mean we could reference the pre-application in the full application narrative: "c) Content – the full application will consist of the following:

i) Staff will keep the pre-application on hand to inform the review panel’s evaluation of the full application."

Should we restate pre-application information in the full application?

A: Responses to the nine full application rating criteria should address those criteria as directly as possible. Although there is no rule saying that you can’t reference the pre-application in the full application, generally speaking, if there is information that is important to the raters’ understanding of the full application (even if it was stated in the pre-application), it is advisable to re-state it in the full application.

Q: Full application criterion #6 references “diversity dimensions”. We would like to know specifically what dimensions (demographics) must be met and fulfilled.

A: The MSA grant raters tend to look for evidence that applicants understand and have planned their proposed programs to address diversity dimensions that are likely to be found in the target population. In other words, in order to effectively provide services to your target population, what special needs must be taken into account and how will the proposed program address them? Examples could include language barriers, access to transportation, disabilities, cultural norms, etc. The raters don’t look for any particular dimensions/demographics across all MSA applications because each target population is presumably unique.

Q: In full application criterion #4, can you clarify what “increase capacity” means?

  Can it mean provision of more services to our target group, or does it mean providing more training opportunities for our providers and staff?
A: Raters will probably interpret the criterion as meaning both – how will the grant and project increase the capacity of your agency’s providers and staff to provide evidence-based services to your clients, now and in the future? 

Q: Is overhead an allowable cost in MSA project budgets? If so, is there a limit on the amount of overhead that an agency can apply for?

A: Yes, overhead is allowable. There is no strict limit on the amount of overhead that an agency can apply for; however, overhead should reasonably pertain to the particular project for which an agency is applying.