When will award announcements be made?
Metro plans to announce grant awards in Summer 2023.
When does the 30-month project period start? Could a potential applicant expect to begin programming funds before the end of 2023?
The 30-month timeline for project development, implementation and evaluation begins upon the date of execution of the grant agreement between Metro and the selected applicant. At this time, Metro expects grant agreements to be executed before the end of calendar year 2023.
What will be the process for reviewing proposals?
The evaluation committee will score proposals based on the criteria outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity. The evaluators will then make a funding recommendation to Metro’s CEO and the Board for approval.
Who will evaluate VSF proposals?*
Proposals will be reviewed and scored by an evaluation committee comprised of Metro and non-Metro staff. Individuals who are part of a VSF grant submission are not eligible to participate in the evaluation committee.
Do applications need to be in a specific format?*
Applications should be submitted as a pdf file. Applications must not adhere to a specific style. Applications must include the application form and required exhibits to be deemed responsive. Please keep application sections up to the recommended page/paragraph length.
Do applications need to be one file?*
No, applications may be submitted as multiple files in pdf format. Please include all necessary files on a single email.
When will the next cycle take place?*
The next VSF grant cycle will likely take place in 2026.
Is the list of applicants from past VSF cycles?*
No. 2023 is the inaugural cycle for VSF.