Grant Competition: Frequently Asked Questions
What is the theme of this year's competition?
The theme of this year's competition is Affordable Housing for Seniors
; funding will seek to create new units of safe, clean, physically accessible housing for older persons (aged 55 and over). Access to clean, safe affordable housing throughout the TD Bank footprint is a challenge to thousands of low- and moderate-income senior citizens who cannot afford a place to live. With the leading edge of the baby boom reaching retirement age (65 and over population projected to climb to 73 million by 2030 – an increase of 33 million in just twenty years) and many retires unable to recover from the economic malaise in place since the Great Recession, the need for safe, clean, physically accessible, affordable housing is expected to sharply increase. High housing costs force a third of those aged 50 and over and 70% of those aged 80 and over to spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing that may or may not fit their needs. In many cases the existing units of affordable housing are in need of upkeep, maintenance and energy efficiency upgrades. This year's competition seeks to focus on initiatives that will provide Affordable Housing for Seniors
through the creation of these new sustainable rental units that provide safe, affordable, accessible housing for today and tomorrow's senior citizens.
Applications for funding must focus on:
- Preservation/Rehabilitation/Creation of safe, affordable, viable affordable housing units– This may include the redesign, reconfiguration and or re-use of existing space in affordable housing properties to create increased quality and quantity of affordable housing units for senior citizens. Upgrades to systems, structure, and efficiency of properties to preserve and prolong their use will be considered.
- Focus on Senior Citizens – Housing units, programs and services that cater to the unique needs of Senior Citizens in urban, suburban, and rural communities will be viewed favourably. This may include but is not limited to access to health and medical services, public transportation, shopping, recreational facilities as well as on site services (elder care, community rooms, etc) that would be attractive to senior citizens and their families.
- Utilization of abandoned properties to create new units of affordable housing– In urban, suburban and rural areas, the utilization of underused or abandoned properties to provide permanent or interim housing for low- and moderate-income individuals provides a tremendous opportunity to reverse neighbourhood and community decline.
All initiatives should include a sustainable energy efficiency component which will be considered in the scoring of applications.
What is the total dollar amount of grants to be awarded as part of the competition and how are they allocated by TD Bank, N.A. metro market area?
The TD Charitable Foundation will award 25 grants totaling $2.5 million in the 2015 Housing for Everyone
grant competition. Twenty-five grants of $100,000 will be awarded to the best grant competition applications received companywide. Funds will be allocated by TD Bank, N.A. metro market area. See the grant breakout by TD Bank, N.A. metro market area
My organization is based outside of the TD Bank, N.A. metro market areas. May I still apply for a grant as part of the competition?
No. Unfortunately if your organization is based, and provides services, outside of the TD Bank, N.A. metro market areas, you are not eligible to apply for a grant as part of the Housing for Everyone grant competition. If your organization is based outside of a TD Bank, N. A. metro market area, but provides services within a metro market area, you may be eligible to submit an application for the competition.
Must I submit my proposal using the online grant competition application?
Yes. Due to the anticipated large number of participants for this grant competition, paper applications will not be accepted. In order to be considered for this year's Housing for Everyone grant competition, all proposals must be submitted electronically.
May I advocate for my proposal in person?
Unfortunately, due to the high volume of requests, individual meetings with applicants are not possible.
May I contact a foundation representative to review my application before submission?
No. Given the time required to meet with all potential applicants and the limited foundation resources, application reviews are not possible.
What is the deadline to submit a grant competition application?
Grant applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, September 4, 2015. In fairness to all applicants, late and or incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants are responsible for allowing enough time when submitting their application to insure its timely submission.
When are funding decisions made?
Final funding decisions will be made by the TD Charitable Foundation Board. Notifications of awards will be made by mid November 2015.
Who will review my grant application and make the final funding decision?
All applications will be reviewed by a panel of judges representing TD Bank, N.A. metro market areas. The judges have been selected based on their expertise in affordable housing development and financing. The recommendations of the panel will then be presented to the TD Charitable Foundation's Board for final review and approval.
How will proposals for the competition be evaluated?
A panel of judges will evaluate all Housing for Everyone
grant competition applications. They will examine each application for the following:
- Viability of organization
- Collaborative efforts with other community groups
- Impact and sustainability of initiative proposed for funding as it relates to this year's theme
- Track record of leadership in achieving results
Do I apply for a grant award of a specific dollar amount?
No. Awards will be made on the merits of the applications received. Grant applications that support the most meaningful initiatives to benefit low- and moderate-income families or individuals will receive one of the $100,000 grant awards based on the content of the application.
The funding requirements for my project do not total $100,000. Am I still eligible to apply?
No. If the funding requirements of your initiative do not total $100,000 you are not eligible to apply for a Housing for Everyone grant. However, you may be eligible for a discretionary grant from the TD Charitable Foundation.
If I receive a grant may I re-allocate my award at a later date?
No. Awards may not be utilized for any other purpose than those outlined in the submission of the original grant competition application. Grant competition applications are judged relative to the merits of all other applications submitted by the deadline and scoring is based on the initial submission.
When must the funds, if awarded, be put into place for our initiative?
If your organization were to be awarded a grant as part of the 2015 Housing for Everyone Grant Competition, the TD Charitable Foundation's expectation is that those funds would be put into place during the competition cycle (by June 30, 2016).
If my organization is awarded a grant as part of the 2015 Housing for Everyone grant competition, are there reporting requirements?
Yes. The Foundation will require that you provide a narrative and financial report by June 30, 2016 on how your organization has utilized the funding relative to the initiative outlined in your application. Should you be awarded a grant, a template for reporting back to the Foundation will accompany your grant acknowledgement letter. In addition, we will make site visits during the grant year.
Can I submit multiple grant competition applications?
No. You may make one application to the TD Charitable Foundation for funding as part of the 2015 Housing for Everyone grant competition. Additional applications will not be reviewed.
My organization provides affordable housing in more than one TD Bank, N.A. metro market area. May we apply in each metro market area where we have properties?
No. If your organization provides affordable housing in more than one TD Bank, N.A. metro market area, you should submit a proposal in the metro market area where your project will have the most significant impact.
My organization was awarded a grant already during this calendar year by the TD Charitable Foundation. Are we eligible to apply for a grant as part of the 2015 Housing for Everyone grant competition?
Yes. Organizations that have received funding through any of the TD Charitable Foundation's other pools of grant funds during the current calendar year are eligible to apply for a grant as part of the Housing for Everyone grant competition.
My organization was awarded a grant in the 2014 Housing for Everyone Grant Competition. Are we eligible to apply for a grant as part of the 2015 Housing for Everyone Grant Competition?
Yes. Previous winners of grants in the Housing for Everyone grant competition are all eligible to apply for grants as part of this year's competition.
My organization's 501(c)(3) number is new, and I can't get through the eligibility quiz. Can you help me?
The Foundation can only make grants to eligible 501(c)(3) organizations. If you have recently received your determination letter from the IRS, you may not yet be in the IRS database with which we match potential applicants. Please e-mail a scanned copy of the newly issued 501(c)(3) determination letter to US-CharitableGiving@TD.com
. The Foundation staff will give you further instructions on how to proceed with the grant competition application.
My non-profit organization is new. Am I eligible to apply for a grant as part of the competition?
Non-profit organizations are eligible to apply if they have a valid 501(c)(3) determination letter from the IRS and if they have audited financial statements.
My organization does not have audited financial statements available. Can I forward other financial information as a substitute?
No. Unfortunately we require audited financial statements for the Housing for Everyone grant competition. Please note that accountant's reviews of non-audited compilations are not acceptable.
My organization does not have all of the required documents that you ask for on your website. Am I still able to apply for a grant?
No. Unfortunately the documentation we ask for is required to submit an application. In fairness to all applicants, incomplete applications will not be considered.
Which file formats are acceptable for the required documents?
All required documents must be in either PDF format or Word format. The minimum font size for the detailed project proposal must be 10 point. Excel files will not be accepted. Audited financial statements, where possible, should be scanned and condensed into a single document.
Should the pictures of the building for which we are applying for the grant be provided as a separate file?
No. The required pictures of the building (one of the front of the primary building and the others related to the anticipated capital improvements) should be embedded within the four-page detailed project proposal. You should not upload separate files for the pictures as they will not be considered as part of the application.
How will I know that my grant request has been received?
Shortly after submitting your application, you will receive an e-mail notification confirming we have received it. Due to the anticipated large number of grant competition applications, we are unable to provide a telephone confirmation for individual requests.
Should I print a copy of my grant competition application?
Yes. A link is provided at the top of the application. We recommend that you print and keep a copy of the application for your own records. However, we ask that you do not send it to us as this may lead to duplicate records
When I try to open the application, I receive an error message stating, "My browser is not configured to accept cookies." Why?
If you receive this error message, please contact a member of your organization's technology staff. You may need to adjust your computer's settings in order to access the application.
Can I copy and paste information from a Word document into one of the grant application's text boxes?
Yes. You can copy information from an existing Word document and paste it into the appropriate text box in the application.
I still have questions. Who do I contact?
Please contact US-CharitableGiving@TD.com
. Include "Housing for Everyone" in the subject line.