Technical Proposal Requirements
All Applicants must submit a Technical Proposal attached as a single PDF file to Application Form. The Technical Proposal must be no longer than eight pages. Applicants for the Discretionary Subfund must also submit the Qualifications and Experience (no longer than four pages), Budget and Budget Narrative (no longer than four pages). Please restate each of the required items and provide responses immediately thereafter.
Applications that do not meet Technical Requirements will not be presented to the SCORF Board for consideration.
- Guaranteed Political Subdivision SubFund
To be approved for funding, all requests for Guaranteed Political Subdivision Subfunds must include the following:
- Identify the Approved Abatement Strategy that will be implemented and a description of how the identified strategy will be implemented.
- Identify the amount of funds requested. Please delineate how much of the requested funds will be used for each approved abatement strategy.
- Provide the SCEIS Vendor registration number for payment.
- If the request is being made by another entity with approval of the participating political subdivision, please provide a copy of the written authorization from the governing body of the political subdivision granting explicit approval for the request to be made on behalf of the political subdivision.
- Discretionary SubFund
I. Technical Proposal
To be considered for award, all proposals seeking funds from the Discretionary Subfund must include, at a minimum, the following information. Please restate each of the items listed below and provide responses immediately thereafter.
A. Statement of Need
- Provide information that documents the impact of opioids within the proposed service area. Include qualitative and quantitative data. Identify the source of all data. (Data can be placed in tables/charts, with explanations to follow.)
- Clearly identify the geographic area and/or communities that the request for funds will impact, including the population of the proposed service area, the poverty level of the service area.
- Describe any existing efforts (either provided by your organization or others in the community) and provide an explanation of how this new effort will not be duplicative or will substantially expand existing efforts.
- Please provide a description of any existing funding or resources that you have been awarded, including dollar amounts, that are being leveraged to support the proposed program.
- Has the entity applied to other grants for the same project? If so, which grants?
- Is the Applicant also seeking funds from a County or Political Subdivision's Guaranteed Political Subdivision fund? If so, has the request been granted, from which County/political subdivision and for what amount?
- Discuss any other special needs relative to opioid use, abuse, opioid related crime, or unique abatement needs or strategies.
B. Plan to Implement Selected Strategy/Strategies
- Identify the Approved Abatement Strategy that will be implemented a description of how the identified strategy will be implemented and how the Applicant will address the need identified through data in the Statement of Need section through a series of SMART Goals. Smart goals are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time bound.
- What are the goals and measurable objectives for the use of the funds?
- Goals should align with the statement of need that is described. Goals should be only one sentence.
- Objectives are logical sequential steps to achieving a goal. Well-written objectives help set program priorities and targets for progress and accountability.
- Describe the Performance Measurement plan to evaluate the goals and objectives including data collection techniques and tools, and the timeline for data collection. Be sure to include the approved abatement strategy the Applicant is working toward achieving in the Performance Measurement plan.
- Does your plan include a partnership for implementation or is it cooperative in nature? For example, one or more subdivisions and/or non-government partners are applying jointly to address regional concerns. If so, please describe the partnerships including the role the partners will play to ensure successful strategy implementation.
- Also, include “Letters of Commitment” from any key partnerships involved in implementation strategies. This should be included as an appendix and will not be included in the page count. (Memorandum of Agreements/Understanding will be expected at the time of any award and must be forwarded to the SCORF Board within 30 days of award).
- Provide a description of any potential barriers to implementation and how you plan to overcome the barriers.
- Provide a month-by-month timeline for strategy implementation to include the key activities that will be implemented per strategy.
II. Qualifications and Experience
Provide a detailed description of the Applicant/organization’s background and history.
- If the Applicant/organization has a governing Board, please list all members of the Board.
- Provide a description of the experience the Applicant/organization has with similar projects/proposals and providing services to the population(s) of focus for this application, if applicable.
- List the key person or people responsible for implementation of the strategies and provide a description of their experience and role/responsibility about the proposal.
- Provide a statement as to whether the Applicant/organization’s employees, agents, independent contractors, or subcontractors have been convicted of, pled guilty to, or pled nolo contendere to any crime other than minor traffic violations; and if so, an explanation providing relevant details.
- Provide a statement as to whether, in the last ten (10) years, the Applicant/organization, any officers, directors or entities or individuals owning more than twenty percent (20%) of the offering entity, has filed or had filed against it any bankruptcy or insolvency proceedings, whether voluntary or involuntary, or undergone the appointment of a receiver, trustee, or assignee for the benefit of creditors; and if so, an explanation providing relevant details.
- Describe the Applicant/organization’s experience and skill working with private, state and/or federal grants, data collection and performance measurement.
- Provide a budget describing how the Applicant proposes to use the SCORF Funds. The budget should be complete, cost effective, and allowable (e.g., reasonable, allocable, and necessary for project activities). The budget narrative should generally demonstrate how the applicant will maximize cost effectiveness of fund expenditures and demonstrate cost effectiveness in relation to the objectives of the project.
- Personnel, Contractual, Supplies, Training, and Other, if applicable are the budget categories. “Other” may include up to 5% Administrative Cost. Any “Indirect Cost” must be detailed for the entities own audit purposes.
IV. Budget Narrative
- Provide a narrative justifying all expenses for each budget category.
In addition to ensuring that the request is for an Approved Abatement Strategy, the following non-exhaustive general criteria shall be weighed by the Board in considering and approving grants upon application to the Discretionary Fund:
- Whether the requesting entity was a South Carolina Bellwether Plaintiff;
- Whether the requesting entity was a Litigating Subdivision or other litigant;
- The cooperative and regional nature of a proposal (whether one or more subdivisions and/or non-government partners are applying jointly to address regional concerns);
- The poverty level of the subdivision at issue;
- The extent of direct payments received by municipalities within a County; and
- Any other special needs described in the application relative to opioid use, abuse, opioid related crime, or unique abatement needs or strategies.