This FAQ page will be consistently updated throughout the Chicago Count Me In 2020 RFP application period (December 16, 2019 - January 15, 2020 at 11:59pm).

Question Answer
If I am not a 501(c)3, can I still apply? Yes as long as you have a fiscal sponsor that is a designated 501(c)3. You need a 501(c)3 to apply on your behalf or you would apply with their 501(c)3 status.
If I am a new 501(c)3, who does not have all our financial records or sufficient paperwork, can I still apply? Yes. Please submit all relevant financial papers showing your organization is formally a 501(c)3.
Does the grant only go to outreach efforts or can it be used for other Census activities? Funding is to be used for Census education and outreach. If you are being funded through the Census Bureau to do your work, we ask that you don't supplement that funding through this application opportunity. The funding through this grant is specifically for outreach activities.
Can I send my application through email or in the mail? We are not accepting paper submissions for the Chicago Count Me In 2020 grant application. You will need to submit your application through the portal.
We are not a 501(c)3 organization, but I have a fiscal sponsor. How do we register to the grant portal? To register to the grant portal, please add your fiscal sponsors information. This will allow us to accept your registration and apply to the Chicago Count Me In 2020 grant.
What is the grant period timeline? The Chicago Count Me In 2020 grant period will run from February 1, 2020 - June 30, 2020. If awarded funds, they must be used by June 30, 2020.
What are the reporting requirements for this grant? As a part of the Get Out the Count (GOTC) program, grantees will be expected to write a final narrative with financial reporting. These documents will be due July 15, 2020. Forefront will provide guidance for all reporting pieces should your organization receive the Chicago Count me In 2020 grant. Please note: All Chicago Count Me In 2020 grantees must participate in opportunities to convene and join on the IL Count Me In 2020 conference calls.
What are the different funding levels for this grant? There will only be two funding levels. Organizations can apply for $10,000 or $25,000 grants.
Can a fiscal sponsor apply for more than one organization? Yes, a fiscal sponsor can serve as a fiscal sponsor to multiple organizations.
Are the first cohort of the IL Count Me In 2020 Get Out The Count (GOTC) Grantees eligible to apply? Yes, IL Count Me In 2020 GOTC grantees who are in Chicago are eligible to apply.
Our organizational budget is over $1 Million are we eligible to apply for funding? Yes, your organization is eligible to apply for funding. Please note: Organizations with budgets $1 Million or less will be prioritized.
Is our Forefront account on the same for the grant portal? No. The account are only for Forefront members and only valid in that website. The grant portal is a different website and applicants do not need to be Forefront members to apply.
If we created an account in the first round of funding, do we need to create a new portal account? No, you do not need to create a new account. You can use your old username and password to login.
Will Forefront provide communications materials for Census efforts? Yes, Forefront will have available pledge cards, stickers, and buttons. However, if organizations would like to customize their own materials using the sample graphics from the IL Count Me In 2020 Communications Toolkit, organizations must account that amount on their project budgets.
Are there any restrictions on this grant? Currently, the only restriction on this funding are those regulated within the 501(c)3 status of your organization or your fiscal sponsor. For example, organizations cannot use this funding for campaign purposes. Funding granted through this grant must be used for nonpartisan and Census education efforts.
What would count as a touch for the RFP? Are we counting the number of pledge cards signed? How should an organization count outreach? Some examples for outreach include the following: the Census count are number of pledge cards signed, how many doors knocked or left information, number of attendees at a convening, or number of events held.
Is the hiring of a contracted individual an allowable expense for the RFP? Yes, it is an allowable expense for the Chicago Count Me In 2020 RFP.
Can we add administrative costs to the Chicago Count Me In 2020 RFP? For example, we have staff that is currently in place and we would add to their current role. Yes, you can add a maximum of 10% for indirect/administrative cost to this grant.
In terms of outreach, could we offer to help people fill out the Census? No, you cannot help people fill out their Census. The Census Bureau has stated that organizations should not help people fill out the Census as this could violate confidentiality rules. Raising awareness and providing educations around filling out the Census is allowed for Census outreach.
If we recieved funding from other entities such as IL Department of Human Services, Cook County, or Iliinois Secretary of State, do I still qualify for funding? Yes, if you have received funding from other entities, you are still eligible to apply.
Is there a difference between the $10,000 funding levels? Is there different reporting or metrics? No, there is no difference between the funding levels. However, if your organization works on the aging population and are granted funds, you will be connected to the Departtment of Family & Support Services
regarding additional reporting.