are some "end-of-session” updates for you.
Grant-In-Aid - As we move into
the wrap-up of the 147th Delaware General Assembly session, Monday,
June 30 – July 1, we saw the Grant-In-Aid (GIA) bill come out of
the Joint Finance Committee with level funding as compared to last year's.
Some applicants went up nominally, some went down, and still others were
eliminated. Considering the State’s budget struggles and the cuts they
made elsewhere, level funding was pretty good for GIA. The bill will be
available at the following link next week if you want to check before you
receive your notification from the Controller’s office: http://legis.delaware.gov/
In the left
column at the bottom, enter "GA147" for the session, then in the last box enter "Grant-In-Aid" and click "Go” to search.
have also been updating you on the "Grant-In-Aid Reform Initiative” that the
JFC Co-Chairs initiated in earnest this past Fall. We have been at the
table on this reform, along with the United Way, Delaware Community Foundation,
and various other key Delaware foundations. The process has been talked about
for a very long time, but it has taken hold this year under the current
leadership. The reform will occur over several years, but here are
the first steps that were announced yesterday for the upcoming November
The application forms will look a bit different. You will be able to fill in
the forms as "Fillable PDFs” and they plan to move to an online application
process in the next couple of years once they have the computer / IT
You will be required to list all funding sources for your organizations
including Pass-Throughs, Block Grants, and all other sources;
Listing of all disbursements, including Salary and Benefits, as a percent of
List of grants and Pass-Throughs from 2014 and projections for 2016;
Board of Directors contact information;
More detailed programmatic section with detailed description of populations
Description of what led to your deficit or surplus, and what your plans are for
managing the financial position you're in;
ED/CEO and Board Chair signatures required on the application;
Audited Financial Statements within the past three years will be required.
You will have time to put this expense in your budget, meanwhile, you
will be able to provide a statement as to why you can’t provide audited
of these changes, it will be important for you to attend the regularly scheduled
"Grant-In-Aid Orientation” sessions in October. Check the site. The
dates will be listed in the application packages that you typically receive.
Joint Finance Committee will meet again in September to continue their
"Grant-In-Aid Reform” discussions. They will determine what aspect of
funding they will address next, but they believe that it may be the $8 Million
Compensation Insurance Reform & HB 373 - The General Assembly also passed, and the Governor signed, HB 373 for Workers Compensation Insurance Reform.
This bill continues the work of the Governor’s Task Force. This bill is
on the heels of last year's actions that the Task Force thought would solve the
steady annual requests for 40% increases, that have settled at near 20%
increases the previous two years. The task force identified significant
medical cost reimbursements as the main driver to Workers Comp. rate increase
requests. This bill caps reimbursement of treatment expenses based on
Medicare reimbursement rates beginning in 2017.
in the meantime, if we can connect you with services like the Red Cross that
can help you make your workplaces safer, let us know. Your Workers
Compensation Insurance rates are based on your "Experience” so if you
have one injury in a small organization it can significantly impact your
rates. Talk to your insurance provider, too, and ensure that they’re
helping you get every advantage possible.
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