2021-23 ROI Funding & Application Questions & Answers

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1. Are 501c6 organizations eligible lead applicants?

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2. Do lead applicants need to submit a letter(s) of support?

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3. Are letters of commitment from named partners required?

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4. Is a project that seeks to economize local food distribution eligible?

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5. Are individual businesses eligible to apply as lead applicants?

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6. When will awardees be able to begin their projects?

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7. How is ROI funding disbursed to awardees and at what intervals?

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8. Should ROI projects be designed to cover the full biennium (2021-2023) or will be there an opportunity to apply for a second award if a project completes a stage?

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9. Should there be an administration fee listed in the budget or is it better to direct the full amount to the project?

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10. Is there flexibility in the funding ranges?

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11. What if different partners (cities, counties) are at different stages in their work?

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12. Can universities be lead applicants?

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13. Can our proposal include funding for cash prizes for winners of an entrepreneur competition?

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14. Are we competing against other communities or will we be assessed on our own merits?

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15. Can there be more than one ROI awardee in a region?