Our mission is to be responsible stewards of County resources in supporting programs provided by agencies which address the individual and community needs.
Who Are We?
The County works with numerous organizations to deliver effective and efficient services to the community. Community partners are organizations that receive funding directly from or though the County government. Community partners can help reduce services costs through leveraging scarce resources with other funding sources.
What is the Community Partner Process?
The Board of Supervisors has required all requests for funding be incorporated into the annual budget process. The County’s fiscal year begins July 1.
- Utilizing a web based regional platform, E-CImpact. All requests for funding are submitted via the portal. Each year on September 6, the portal is activated for potential applicants; all requests must be submitted by October 31 to be considered.
- Facilitating a regional collaborative process that includes discussing services, funding, and resources across the planning district.
- An evaluation committee comprised of human service and finance professionals within the Stafford community reviews the applications for each program to assure county staff is making informed unbiased recommendations to the Board of Supervisors.
- This review consists of scoring each program requesting funding with 5 topic areas and a total of 18 metrics that are individually scored; these scores are utilized to prioritize requests:
1. Services meet needs of vulnerable at risk populations.
2. Organization collaborates and partners with other community efforts to avoid duplication of services; has realistic and diverse sources of revenue.
3. Significant representation of Stafford citizens are targeted and provided services.
4. Tracks data within a systems based approach that includes comparisons from year to year.
5. Program has clearly defined outcomes that are realistic, attainable, and measurable.
- Allocations are based on available resources; allocations may be subject to an increase, reduction or discontinuation based on the results of the review process.
Each program within the health and social services category was rated by outside reviewers from multiple agencies in the human services system and received a score. These scores were then ranked and averaged among the total number of programs. The median score was 79.
The methodology for determining funding recommendations was the following:
All Programs requesting an increase received a 2.5% cap
- Top 20% of programs recommend funding full request
- Middle 50% receive a reduction of up to 5% based on score
- Score of 83-82 received no reduction
- Score of 81-80 received 2% reduction
- Score of 79-75 received 3% reduction
- Mid lower 20% of programs received up to 5% reduction
- Lowest 10% of programs received 50% reduction
- Increase of $1,886, or 7.2%, for Disability Resource Center due to new request for program that provides free equipment to persons with disabilities.
- Increase of $2,638 for the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank who has been providing food to individuals and pantries in Stafford during the pandemic.
- Administrative increase of 2.5% for the Rappahannock Health District, $13,398 to support the growth in the district’s infrastructure.
- Administrative increase of 3%, $71,681, for the Office on Youth based upon locality FY2019 usage of services.
- Increase of $37,955, total cost is $219,772, for the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board to support three Mental Health Therapists to increase capacity of the agency for mental health outpatient therapy in all five localities.