Webb Co. Third-Party Funding Application Deadline Approaches

Webb County reminds the community that it is currently accepting applications for third-party funding for the 2022-23 funding cycle by this Friday’s deadline. Applications can be found on the department’s website.

The county allowed the community to get the nomination starting May 20, as handwritten nominations were not accepted. Applications had to be completed and contain all documents required under the application requirements.

Applications should be submitted to the Webb County Clerk’s Office at 1110 Victoria St., Suite 201, Laredo, Texas 78040. Sealed envelopes should be marked “Sealed Application” with the application number and name in the bottom corner front left of the envelope. The application number and name is 2022/2023-Third Party Funding.

The request states that the Texas constitution prohibits a county from donating money or property to any person or organization, a county may contract with any person or organization to provide services that provide a public purpose to the community .

“The determination that a service is of public utility; and the decision to provide financial assistance for an organization’s mission in the community is solely for the decision of the Tribunal of Commissioners,” the application states. “There is no entitlement to county funds by any organization. the application process aims to provide an objective determination of public funding for appropriate community needs.

It is also important to note that third-party funding is not permitted to be used for payroll expenses, salaries, benefits, or employee salaries, as ordered by the Webb County Commissioners Court. This would result in the disqualification of the applicant organization.

The county’s most recent notice has indicated and highlighted the final deadline will be Friday, July 8, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

“All applications must be submitted in hard copy and date stamped by the County Clerk’s Office by the deadline documented below. Economic Development Services will review the application. Once the review has been completed and corrections have been made, if necessary, an electronic copy on disk should be submitted,” the county noted.

Depending on the application, organizations applying for funds must have:

  • Tax-exempt status under IRS section 501(c)(3); or a charter from the Secretary of State; or a resolution of its board or governing body defining its status.
  • An accounting system that complies with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
  • Be in business (providing services) for at least one year.
  • Report of expenses on the income of the previous year.

Additionally, the application asks a variety of questions regarding the services provided by the organization, its goals and objectives, its history, workload metrics, and more. For example, the historical narrative asks applicants when the organization was founded, by whom, its major local accomplishments, its growth, number of members and memberships, and more.

Joseph K. Bennett