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Please refer to this page for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Award Information

What can the award be used for?

Types of programs funded

Joint Application


Live Q & A Session Recording


Question: Do applicants need to reside in Harris County?

Answer: Must be Harris County-based and provide services in Harris County. Refer to page 5, Section D. a.

Question: If someone from our organization served on the selection but was not a part of the interview for the organization that was actually selected as the intermediary does that negate our eligibility to apply?

Answer: If an individual from your organization served on the evaluation selection committee, the organization cannot apply for a sub-grant.

Question: Is the grant limited to the zip codes that were listed?

Answer: The grants are not limited to zip codes listed, but we are encouraging organizations that serve those areas to apply

Question: We are located in another county but serve youth in Harris county - are we eligible to apply?

Answer: Organizations applying must be Harris County based.

Question: Is this grant open to fiscally sponsored agencies?

Answer: Yes, fiscally sponsored agencies can apply.

Question: Can you give examples of where letters of support can come from?

Answer: The letters of support can come from any organization who can attest to your work and supports your application. Community members, pastors, 

Question: Are newly established organizations ineligible for this RFP?

Answer: No, we encourage any organization at any stage of their organizational development

Question: Can an organization headquartered in another County (not Harris County), but provides programs and services in Harris County apply for a Reinvestment Fund grant?

Answer: Yes. The applicant must demonstrate a history of, and currently be providing programs and services in Harris County.

Question: Can government agencies apply?

Answer: No. Only non-profit organizations can apply. 

Question: If a program is awaiting approval of 501 (c) 3 status from the IRS, are they eligible to apply for this grant and being considered?

Answer: Yes, organizations that have a 501(c)3 or if they don't have a 501 (c)3 but operating as a nonprofit are eligible to apply.

Award information 

Question: Will this be a onetime seed for start-up?

Answer: Grantees may request up to ¼ of the grant award amount upfront. Refer to page 8, E.g.

Question: What is the wait time for approval, and time before allocation?

Answer: Anticipated notice of award is November 1, 2022. No granting will occur until the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been executed and all required information is received. Grants will be awarded on a cost-reimbursement basis. Grantees may request up to ¼ of the grant award amount upfront after a signed MOU. Refer to page 6, E. c. and Page 8, E. g.

​Question: How many applicants will be chosen and what is the max amount of funding?

Answer: The estimated number of awards is 4-6 organizations. Refer to Page 6, E. b.

Question: Would a non 501c3 organization need to have a fiscal sponsor or is it not necessary?

Answer: It is not necessary. 

Question: Can the initial work be the development of the project and then services start later?

Answer: Yes, you will need to layout the timeline as to how the program will be implemented and demonstrate your intent, objectives, etc.

Question: Up to how many youth participants are we expected to serve per year if we are awarded the grant?

Answer: We do not provide the target number of youth you will serve, this is something that you will provide in your application. 

Question: If our organization is awarded, will Change Happens be providing the evaluation tool?

Answer: Yes, Change Happens will provide shared metrics that we will be expecting from all sub grantees. However, these metrics will be based on the goals and objectives of the program and youth well being markers. We are still awaiting these metrics and are not able to share it out yet.

Question: Is there a limit to the amount we can request for funding? Is there an agency size minimum or budget minimum?

Answer: You should request the amount of funding for activities that you outlined in the application, so there is not a limit.

What can the award for be used for?

Question: Is grant only for facility/program purposes or does it encompass program cost as well if there is no facility?

Answer: Refer to Page 5, D. b. for prohibited use of award funds.

Question: If the project is new, when does the work need to begin?

Answer: We are looking at November 1 as the date to inform our grantees and to start once the MOU is executed. Contracts are expected to be drawn out and executed by November 15th. 

Question: Are their any budget restrictions? What can’t be included for this grant?

Answer: Please refer to pages 22 onwards on the RFP

Question: What constitutes 'Direct Services' to beneficiaries? Specifically, how are beneficiaries defined in this stipulation?

Answer: Examples of direct client services include to provide food, transportation, utility and rental/housing, and other services to the client. The beneficiaries include your client’s/ the target population you plan to serve.

Question: Can funding be used for staff/salaries?

Answer: Funding can be used for staff, salaries, etc. Please include all information in the budget section.


Types of programs funded?

Question: What type of programs will be chosen?

Answer: The Fund will build sustainable capacity in direct service, community-based organizations that provide supportive services that help youth navigate and mitigate involvement in the justice system. Refer to Page 2, 1.B.

Joint Applications

Question: If applying with another organization and one of them is the "primary" organization, do both have to be a 501c3? And, can the "secondary" be a non-profit, while the "primary" is not?

Answer: You can be a non-profit with a 501 (c) 3 or without a 501 (c) 3 to apply.

Question: Are both organizations required to submit responses to all of the questions, or is only the "primary" (the 501c3) responsible?

Answer: Organizations can collaborate to apply for funding. Only one application is required for the collaborative. One organization should act as the lead (“primary”) organization. Applicants that are collaborative, and will use the strengths of each participating group, should identify all member organizations and the experience, roles, and responsibilities of each under the grant application. Proposals must designate a lead agency or organization that will serve as the recipient organization. Applications from collaboratives will be considered on their strengths and merits in the same manner as proposals from individual organizations. All collaborative organizations must meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the Request for Proposals (RFP):

  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education.

  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education.

  • Faith-based organizations.

  • The ability to engage in virtual collaborations on platforms like Zoom or Microsoft Teams and in-person meetings and trainings

  • Must be Harris County base.

Question: Can your collaborators also have letters of support submitted in addition to the letters the lead will submit?

Answer: Yes, but only 2 letters of support are required. 


Question: Can both organizations submit their organization budget as an attachment? Would they need to submit any other attachments if two organizations are represented?

Answer: The lead organization will submit one application collaboratively. One budget for the project should be submitted with the application. The budget should include participating group organization(s) and include the cost of the project activities to be undertaken by the collaborative group (subrecipients) and included in the line-item budget, e.g., “Subrecipient/Contractual Costs” and the budget narrative. The attachments outlined in the RFP are for the lead organization and required to be submitted with the proposal.

Question: Should the budget submitted be for the 2-year period or for just 1 year?

Answer: According to Pg 11 of the RFP, Applicants must include a yearly breakdown of costs, for each line item, according to a 12-month period. Hence, a one year period is sufficient.

Question: If our FY22 operating budget was over $500k do we need to submit audited financial statements?  We have a financial review, but do not yet have audited financials.

Answer: You would not need audited financial statements since you have yet to have a financial review. Please include this in your application.


Question: If we are emailing our response, and the file size is too big, can we send a link to a one drive folder?

Answer: Yes. 

Question: Are there any conditions where an audit is necessary?

Answer: if you have an audit then you should submit it I of if you don't meet those conditions or you don't have an audit statement then it's not applicable to you but you should give some discussion on why it's not applicable

Question: Can one of the supporting letters be from our Board Members?

Answer: We suggest that you have a letter of support from someone that is not tied with the organization, but has a relationship with the organization and knows of  and supports the work that you do.

Question: Are support letters a necessary part of the application?

Answer: Letters of support are a required part of the application. 

Question: Can we do both email and drop off?

Answer: Yes. 

Question: To whom should our supporters address the letters of support to?

Answer: Letters of support should be addressed to Youth Justice Reinvestment Fund or Change Happens. 

All other questions, please refer to Live Recording


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