Grants Development

City of Somerville FY22 Budget

Mission Statement

The Grants office is responsible for seeking out and applying for public and private funds in collaboration with City departments to support new and existing programs and projects, thus augmenting the City’s budget; and managing and maximizing the City’s approximately $90 million in pandemic-related and post-pandemic recovery funds. The department’s development work includes identifying and assessing potential funding opportunities; working with City staff to develop and design projects and programs that are viable, achievable, and represent the goals and values established by municipal leadership, our constituents, and community partners; and crafting competitive proposals in partnership with City departments. Pandemic and recovery fund oversight includes strategizing with City leadership on how to best utilize and leverage external funds and prioritize internal and external needs; continually managing and monitoring fund budgets; analyzing and interpreting federal and state grant guidance to ensure compliance with external regulations; and developing and implementing internal mechanisms and protocols to track costs, gather documentation, and meet reporting requirements established by federal and state agencies.

Personal Services Changes

Personal Services are projected up 41% for FY22.

A new Grant Writer position has been added for FY22 to increase the capacity of the division.

The Grants Development Manager Position has been reclassified and retitled to Director of Grants & External Funds.

Changes in salaries are due to negotiated collective bargaining agreements and merit increases based on annual performance reviews.

Ordinary Maintenance Changes

Ordinary Maintenance costs are projected up 88% for FY22.

This $5,000 increase is budgeted to purchase technology and office equipment for new staff.

FY22 Goals & Measures of Progress

GOAL 1: Ensure that City departments can obtain grant funds as needed to support and enhance their programmatic responses to municipal goals, municipal partnerships, and constituent needs.

  • Support the submission of at least 25 grants by providing City staff with resource identification, program development, research and writing, and submission assistance.

GOAL 2: Manage ARPA, CARES Act, and other pandemic-related funds effectively, efficiently, and for purposes that adhere to federal guidance to maximize and leverage federal dollars and minimize audit risks.

  • Develop and implement processes and protocols to guide the utilization, documentation, and reporting of approximately $90 million in funds in ways that provide the most impact and benefit for the City’s constituents.

FY22 Budget

Personnel Listing