Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement Grant
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.
The pre-application process for fiscal year 2014-2015 grants began on Oct. 11, 2013. Pre-applications are due on Nov. 8, 2013.
For more information, please see the materials below or contact:
Ben King, Staff Services Analyst
Fiscal Year 2014-2015 MSA Grant Application Materials
Examples of high-scoring pre-applications from fiscal year 2013-2014
Pre-Application Rating Criteria
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.
Q: Can we submit logic models as part of the pre-application? If not, can we submit one as part of the full application?
A: Although it wouldn’t count against you, it probably would not be worth your while to submit a logic model as part of the pre-application. Since it’s not a component that’s required or suggested, we probably would not ask the raters to review any logic models during the pre-app phase. Logic models are an optional part of the full application, however, so you’re welcome to submit one at that stage.
Q: Where do we insert the narrative supporting the pre-application - in the "Project Purpose" portion of the pre-app or as an attachment?
A: The narrative can be submitted as an attachment – ideally written in MS Word and saved as a PDF. The “Project Purpose” box on the cover sheet should just be a really short blurb.
Q: In full application criterion #4, can 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.
Q: According to the application instructions we received at the informational meeting, the county will be awarding “up to approximately $266,000 can be let for new multi-year contracts in the FY 2014-2015 grant cycle….” Does this mean that we can apply for a multi-year contract with a total funding of $266,000? Or is that $266,000 the amount for all new multi-year contracts combined?
A: Technically, an organization could apply for a multi-year contract with total funding of $266,000 per year. However, in order to receive that amount of multi-year funding, a full application would need to be the top-ranked application requesting multi-year funding. This is due to the procedure that the MSA Grant rating panel uses to recommend funding: they sort the full applications according to overall score and then begin assigning funding according to each application’s rank until the available funding is exhausted. So, if a $266,000 multi-year funding request ranked above the point at which funding is exhausted, but not in first place, it would most likely be recommended for partial funding.
Q: Even though we are not located in Napa County, we provide services for Napa County residents. In this regard, will we qualify for the grant money?
A: To be eligible, nonprofits do not need to be based in Napa County. However, minimum qualification (g) on the pre-application form states: “Substantially all funding awarded must be used for the provision of services to residents of Napa County.” So, a nonprofit would be eligible to apply as long as the particular program or services it would be funding through an MSA grant would target and benefit Napa County residents specifically.
Q: Is one agency able to apply for more than one grant? Is this frowned upon, or will each application be rated upon its own merit?
A: Single agencies may apply for more than one grant – each application is rated on its own merit.