Apply for Human Services Funding

Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Applications for Children's Services Dedicated Millage and General Revenue Fund closed March 5, 2021

Manatee CARES Act applications are now closed. Details about CARES Act funding can be found at


The Human Services Division invests in human services programs through the Children’s Services Dedicated Millage to help disadvantaged children and families in the community, as well as from the General Revenue Fund to assist adult residents or provide other services to Manatee County.

Investments are awarded on a competitive basis and the Manatee Board of County Commissioners determine the amount available in any given year. Programs are paid on a reimbursement basis, contingent upon the successful completion of the project, the results (human gain), and meeting the requirements of the investment agreement.

How to Apply

The new online application for Fiscal Year 21/22 is results-based. Each question has both guidance and examples within the application, readily available to applicants. A Zoom meeting was held on January 22 at 1 PM, which provided an overview of the Results-First Investment application. 

Apply for an Investment

All applicants must pass the eligibility quiz, which leads to the application for an investment. To meet the general eligibility requirements, applicants must:

  • Be recognized as a corporation under the State of Florida and tax exempt per the Internal Revenue Code (i.e. 501(c)(3)
  • Provide proof of sufficient insurance coverage
  • Provide a financial audit/compilation by an independent auditor, certified in the State of Florida
  • Serve residents of Manatee County

The eligibility requirements are the first part of the online application following the registration (first application only).

Click on the New Applicant? link (below the email field) to create an account profile. An account allows you to access your saved and submitted applications at any time. It also allows us to send you a submission confirmation email and notify you if additional information is necessary to process your application.

  • If you already have an account, please sign in using your email address and password to access your saved and completed applications.
  • This grant application system uses the following email domain: Please add it to your safe-senders list to be sure you receive all communications.


Applications for the 2022-23 year will be posted in January 2022.

For non-profit agencies serving child residents (ages 0-17) or parents on behalf of children (ages 0-17):

  • Results First Investment Application – Children’s Services Dedicated Millage
  • RAS Investment Application – Children’s Services Dedicated Millage. For use by the following agencies only:
    • FELT
    • Florida Department of Health
    • Meals on Wheels

For non-profit agencies serving adult residents or who provide other services to Manatee County:

  • Results First Investment Application – General Fund - Adult Human Services and Adult Health Care Services
  • RAS Investment Application – General Fund – Adult Human Services. For use by the following agencies only:
    • Gulf Coast Legal / Legal Aid
    • Keep Manatee Beautiful
    • Mote Marine
    • Our Daily Bread

For More Information

For more information on the funding investment process, please contact one of the following Neighborhood Services' team members, depending on the source of funding:

Children's Services - Kristi Hagen at, or call (941) 748-4501 ext 3486.
Adult Human Services - Renese Remy at, or call (941) 748-4501 ext. 3722.


Download supplemental forms

The following forms are also available for download within the application:

Important Tips for the Results First Application

As you approach the Results First Investment Application, keep these five helpful points in mind.

This approach is a mindset difference. We have moved from being a funder of your programs to being an investor in your results. Funders grade proposals. Investors want to answer three questions:

    • What difference will this program make? When our money is gone, what will be better and for whom?
    • What are the chances that differences will be made? How strong are you on factors that forecast success?
    • Given all opportunities before us, is this program of high comparative value? Does it stand out in any way for high return in human gain?

    The application is organized around these questions.

Words are used carefully. Many funders use words like outcomes, results, targets, goals, or impacts interchangeably. We offer a small set of key words and urge you to keep them in mind as they appear in the questions:

  • Results. The specific intended accomplishment to be made by individuals or groups served by a program. These are clearly stated and well understood by all who help make them happen. They are the consequences of our activities and those of nonprofits in whom we invest.  Results are commitments, not aspirations and they contain the specific minimal level of change that a program must make to be successful.
  • Milestones.  These are things that must be accomplished on an incremental basis to forecast that a program will reach its results.  Milestone management is the approach for generating and using information to make course corrections were needed.   Milestones go beyond a work plan to focus on what participants must get out of and use from program steps.
  • Verification.   This is what we do to confirm the level of result achievement when the program ends. It includes clarity on the yardstick to be used to show change and the specific level of change achieved.  With some exceptions we are not evaluating programs. We are validating accomplishment within programs.
  • Impacts. These are broader gains (or losses) which come from achieving a result. Some happen simultaneously in other areas of gain while others come later. Impacts increase return on investment when a result keeps on giving.

Make sure the person or people who will implement the program are involved in writing your application. You are asked to define and commit in ways that go deep into what you do and achieve. You are not “writing a grant.” You are providing key data points to attract investment. 

Look carefully at the Guidance and Examples provided for each question in the narrative. Our staff will take your questions only after you have read both Guidance and Examples and remain unclear.  Do not assume the questions are the same as the prior year.

Note that length of response is not a virtue. We have tried to make the questions different enough that you need to say things only once. Also, the words needed to speak to results and who gets them are far fewer than the words needed to speak to activities. Word limits are in place to reinforce brevity. If we want more detail, rest assured we will ask for it.

Click here if you are new to Results First and need a worksheet to help you develop results, milestones, and verification.

Funder vs. Investor

The Funder

  • Invites submissions and selects from those applying.
  • Uses multiple criteria—including need, work plan, quality of proposal writing, evaluation design, etc., to select. May offer points for proposal sections.
  • Funds direct services, capacity-building, technology, etc. using the same approach.
  • Spends most of the time at “front end” making new grants

The Investor

  • Seeks to uncover all possible promising opportunities.
  • Answers three questions of each opportunity.
    • What are we buying?
    • What are the chances we will get it?
    • Is this the best possible use of our money?
  • Clearly distinguishes among investment in programs, innovations, and organizational growth.
  • Reserves considerable time for “back end” understanding results from past grants