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Nonprofit Agencies Process & Policy

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FOR FY 2021.


In February of 2018, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners approved a recommendation from the Nonprofit Task Force to direct staff to revise the allocation process to address the Board of Commissioner’ top needs identified in the Chatham Community Assessment with a collaborative effort. The first step in that process was to adopt a Request for Proposal (RFP) for services approach in FY 2020. The County Human Services Collaborative Impact Team (CIT) Nonprofit Subcommittee has determined the program and services being solicited must address the Board of Commissioner’s goal and the Chatham Community Assessment identified priorities.  

FY 2021 Human Services Nonprofit Funding Priorities

Board of Commissioner’s goal for the FY 2021 Nonprofit Allocation Process is to provide social services and support that seek to minimize the impact to those in poverty and stabilize families and individuals in the county.

For FY 2021, the county is soliciting request for proposals (RFP) for programs or services that support the four outcomes within the Board of Commissioners goal:

  • Access to safe, affordable and stable housing
  • Low/moderate income adults move towards self-sufficiency and financial stability (includes food access)
  • Improved outcomes for children/youth living in poverty
  • Improved access to comprehensive health care

Eligible Applicants

All agencies that apply for Human Services Nonprofit Funding must have been in operation for at least three (3) year prior to being considered for a grant award. Additionally, agencies that submit applications must have 501c3 status and provide a copy of the letter from the IRS confirming this status.

For a complete list of eligibility requirements, see the Nonprofit Funding Policy.

Please not that there have been a few changes to the eligibility requirements for the FY21 Application.

  • Agencies no longer have to submit NC Articles of Incorporation or Financial Reserves Policy
  • In lieu of agencies submitting Conflict of Interest and Non-Discrimination Statements, they are required to complete and sign the Chatham Count Disclosure of Potential Conflict of Interest and Non-Discrimination Clause form

FY 2021 Application Process

A kick-off webinar for the FY21 Application Process was held on Monday, February 3rd. The webinar reviewed the funding priorities, provided an overview of the application, notable changes to the application, certification requirements, expectations for budgets and performance measurements, and evaluation criteria. Watch a Recording of the Webinar HERE and/or download the Webinar PowerPoint Slides with notes HERE

The application will open on Chatham County’s grant software, Foundant, also on February 3rd, 2020. Organizations are required to apply online through Foundant. Access the application HERE.

United Way of Chatham County will continue to administer this process for the county in FY 2021

If you have any other questions about the application or would like to discuss your proposal, please reach out to Hilary Pollan, Chatham County Community Partner Analyst, by email ( or phone (919-545-8408). 

Hilary will also be providing in-person and virtual-office hours during the application cycle. Sign up for office hours using THIS form.

Important Dates

FY 2021 Application Opens and Webinar Kick Off        February 3rd, 2020

Office Hours with Community Partners Analyst             February 10th – 28th, 2020

Application Deadline                                                      March 6th, 2020

Program and Service Funding Announcement              May and June 2020 (During Budget Process)

Evaluation Criteria

New for the FY21 funding cycle, we will be sharing our evaluation criteria to increase transparency in this funding process. Download the FY21 evaluation criteria HERE.


Click here to view the existing policy, updated December 2019.


Each year Chatham County Parks and Recreation also awards small grants to local nonprofit agencies to support recreation opportunities in the county. For more details, click HERE


In August of 2018, the County Manager appointed a Nonprofit Advisory Committee.  This is a working committee and members were appointed for a two-year term. They will work with agencies throughout the year to ensure that they have the competencies and resources needed for the future and to serve as a liaison between the agencies and the Nonprofit Subcommittee of the Human Services CIT.

  • Dianne Birch
  • Sadie McLaurin
  • Mark Molitor



If you have any questions, please contact:

Hilary Pollan, Community Partners Analyst – Chatham County Manager’s Office

Email: Phone: 919-545-8408


Page Last Update February 2020