Fiscal Year 2021 Human Services Grant

Request for Proposals

Grant Period: October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021
Application Deadline: 4:30 p.m, June 30, 2020

A Pre-proposal Informational Conference Call for applicants will be held on Friday, June 12, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. 

Parties interested in responding to this RFP should plan to participate. To register for the call applicants must submit the name and email address of their representative to by no later than June 10, 2020. 

Human Service Program Needs

The City of Norfolk Adopted Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Budget includes approximately $400,000 for grants to support services for the City of Norfolk departments and non-profit service organization(s) to advance City Council’s priorities of housing, workforce training, education and public safety.

The goal of the HSG program is to advance the City Council’s priorities of COVID-19 pandemic response, housing, work training, education and public safety for our most vulnerable residents. Specifically, to provide resources for direct services to Norfolk’s at-risk populations of children, families, the elderly and disabled residents, those who are impoverished and those experiencing homelessness. This includes activities to support individuals impacted by the pandemic.


Human Services Grant (HSG) funding is supported by the City of Norfolk’s general fund and awards are determined annually through a competitive application process. Funding will be awarded to established programs to increase direct service capacity, and to support outcomes that improve the lives of Norfolk’s at-risk and vulnerable residents. Awards are limited to $35,000 per eligible direct service application as described under Program Priorities. Agency start-up funds will not be awarded.

It is not expected that there will be sufficient funding to meet all requests. It is recommended applicants carefully review the application instructions and priorities the HSG program seeks to support before completing the application.

All programs will be reviewed mid-year to ensure maximum funding utilization and program achievement. Funding for under-performing projects will be considered for re-allocation if a program is not meeting goals or not spending grant funds timely.

Issuing Office

Norfolk Department of Human Services

Application form in Word format is available upon request.