Frequently Asked Questions

Are groups outside of the United States eligible for the mini-grants?

No. Funding is only available to entities within the U.S. or U.S.-affiliated tribal governments.

Who is considered an “older adult”?

Although community members of all ages may be invited to attend the Workshop, particular focus is given to individuals who are 65 years of age or older.

Is there a minimum requirement for the number of people to attend each workshop?

There is no established minimum attendance requirement; however, in the interest of maximizing community-level benefit, we recommend that at least 20 persons attend the Workshop.

Would it be possible to receive the allotments in advance of the workshops?

Advanced funding allotment can be considered if justification is provided. Page 2 of the RFP document, states: "this payment schedule can be flexible depending on community conditions and need." As such, if you would like to request an individually tailored payment schedule, we encourage you to clearly describe your community and articulate your area's older adult pedestrian-related needs that require a different funding schedule when drafting your RFP response.

Is funding for demonstration projects limited to organizations based in the state of North Carolina?

No. This program is designed to fund organizations across the United States.

Are we limited to 4 workshops over the course of 12 months?

While selected organizations are required to deliver 4 workshops, you are not limited to conducting 4 workshops. Please note that funding, quarterly reports, and monthly teleconferences are all arranged according to the delivery of a 4-workshop series.

When does the funding cycle begin?

The first payment of $500 will be provided at the beginning of the project, after participation in a kick-off meeting in mid June 2010. For subsequent payment schedules please refer to page 2 of the RFP document at http://www.walkinginfo.org/psw/OlderAdultPedestrianWorkshop_RFP.doc.

Would the workshop qualify for continuing education for local planners, engineers (e.g. ITE, APA, ALSA, AICP)?

This Pedestrian Safety Workshop does not quality for continued education credits.

Are the pedestrian workshop materials available in other languages? In no, will they be available in the future?

At this time the workshop is not available in other languages and there are no plans to translate the workshop materials. However, one of the intents of having the Pedestrian Safety Workshop available online is to support its widespread use. It is assumed that communities will make minor adjustments to the workshop content when doing so helps it better fit a community's circumstances. In some cases this may mean translating the Workshop into another language. While not a foreign language translation, the online Workshop and instructor training modules are closed captioned to assist individuals with hearing impairments. In addition, non-native English speakers may be better able to understand the Workshop content by reading the captions instead of just using the audio.

What is the follow up? What will feedback from recipients of the grant be used for?

In response to the first question, see the RFP section titled "Project details." This section outlines the Workshop's procedures related to progress monitoring and follow-up.

In response to the second question, feedback will be used to better understand how the Workshop impacts individuals who attend; if and how the Workshop relates to changes in the community that support older pedestrian safety; how the Workshop content might be improved; and what community and instructor characteristics provide the best fit for the workshop.

What types of expenses are permitted and what types are prohibited?

Permitted expenditures are not specifically delineated as part of the funding. Demonstration sites submit invoices based on the services they provide to UNC HSRC. More specifically, as participating demonstration sites complete certain tasks, such as participating in a kick-off meeting, they can invoice to receive a portion of the $2500. See the RFP section titled, "Project details" for more information. Also note, as mentioned in the "Application Information and Instructions" (http://www.walkinginfo.org/psw/info.cfm), project funds are not payable to individuals and the organization acting as the fiduciary agent must be listed in Section 1 of the proposal.

Will we be required to travel to Chapel Hill, NC in order to participate in the "kick-off meeting?"

To participate in the kick-off meeting, no travel is necessary. The kick-off meeting will involve a conference call with representatives from UNC HSRC, as well as other chosen demonstration sites. This conference call will occur in late June or early July 2010, depending on the availability of demonstration site representatives.