The Inyo County Community Project Sponsorship Program is accepting grant applications for the
2020 Yearly Competitive Grants. The grants will be available for events and projects sponsored by local non-profit groups that will be taking place in Inyo County during 2020. Up to $34,000 is available in the 2020 Competitive Grant cycle. The deadline for submitting applications, either on paper or digitally, is Wednesday,Feb. 19, 2020.
The Competitive Grants can be used to fund a variety of projects, programs or events. In general, the CPSP program is focused on helping local organizations promote activities and programs that bring visitors to the area, and also supports events and programs that enhance the cultural and recreational quality of life of the county’s residents. For example, last year CPSP grants were used to help sponsor the Lone Pine Film Festival, Mule Days, Music in the Courtyard in Lone Pine, the First Friday Markets in Bishop and other events.
The grant program was recently revised by the Inyo County Board of Supervisors. The application, approval and payment processes were streamlined and simplified. The changes were made in an effort to make the program less cumbersome for groups and organizations applying for the CPSP grants. The changes will also simplify the payment of grant funds to the grant recipients.
The funding allocated for the Competitive Grants in 2020 was increased by the Board of Supervisors by about$13,000, to a total of $34,000.
The Program Guidelines, Grant Application, Rating Criteria and Final Report Template can be reviewed, or downloaded by going online to the Inyo County website, www.inyocounty.us. The CPSP documents are located in the Administration section under Community Project Competitive Grants.
To be considered for funding the completed Grant Application (submitted on paper or digitally), with an
original signature, and other supplemental documentation must be received by the Office of the County
Administrator by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. No postmarks will be accepted. Grant applications being mailed should be sent to: Office of the County Administrator, Attn: Community Project Sponsorship Program, P.O. Drawer N, Independence, CA 93526. If hand delivering, deliver to: Office of the County Administrator, 224 N. Edwards Street, Independence, CA, (760) 878-0292. Digital grant applications, which still need original signatures, may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grant applications will be reviewed for completeness and eligibility and then forwarded to a Review Panel for evaluation, ranking and suggested funding levels. The County Administrative Officer will consider the Review Panel’s funding recommendations and make a final decision on the specific grant awards at the end of February.
The CPSP program includes three separate types of grants: Fishing Promotion, which funds local fishing
derbies and other promotional events and projects during the Fishing Season; Line Item Grants which fund well-established, ongoing promotional efforts or events; and Competitive Grants.
Organizations or groups with questions about the grant guidelines, the application process or the program in general can call 760-878-0258 for more information.