The following policy and procedures describe the legislative grant program under which NATA, through its Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC), provides funds to state AT associations. Grants are available on a fiscal year basis (July 1 – June 30). The program is based on the concept of a state/national share; states are expected to support their own efforts to the greatest extent possible and by involving as many members as possible. Consideration and eligibility for grant funding will include, but not be limited to, items such as:
- Communication and involvement with the NATA GAC Representative;
- Membership involvement through fundraising;
- Submission of bi-annual reports to the NATA GAC Representative;
- Completion of all application requirements (ie- 501(c)(6) status);
- Submission of a thorough and complete application.
Grants are made at the discretion of NATA. The intent is to support the national legislative agenda through assistance to individual states. NATA cannot serve as the sole financial support of state efforts, but will provide funds as generously as limited resources and competing requests allow. Early and frequent contact with the NATA Governmental Affairs Committee representative will assure a smooth process.
Discretionary and Matching grant funds are made available through an annual budget allocation. States are expected to provide detailed budgets, including funds generated through dues, assessments, fund raising, and/or other means as well as reserve/savings balances.
Grants are available for proactive or reactive legislative efforts based on the following tier system.
Tier 1- No regulation or state is under-regulated; imminent danger of retraction of scope of practice; may include sunset review.
Tier 2- Poor practice act; overly restrictive as to setting or patient population; state actively involved in updating practice act, state planning for future legislative action relative to practice act with current activities to support the plan.
Tier 3- Issues other than practice act, such as athlete safety, and regulatory issues, reimbursement, etc
Please submit applications through the NATA GAC representative. Completed applications must be submitted to the respective NATA GAC representative by the deadline identified within this document.
Please note that no association may receive legislative grants unless it is granted 501(c)(6) non-profit status by the IRS. Documentation of IRS status will be required if NATA has not already received it.
NATA Grant Classifications:
Larger grants are available to states sponsoring legislation or facing a threat. Requests will be considered as a whole and prioritized by the GAC. Applications for Discretionary grants will be accepted by the District GAC Representative July 1 – July 31, 2019. States will be notified by the end of October if a grant has been awarded. Please be sure to make the application for a Discretionary grant as comprehensive as possible.
For assistance in completing the application, contact your GAC District representative, the NATA Governmental Affairs Chair or NATA government affairs staff.
Requests for emergency funds will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and may be submitted at any time. Unanticipated legislation for which a defense must be mounted may qualify for emergency funds.
States requesting discretionary funds are not eligible for matching grants. However, if your discretionary grant request is denied, a matching grant may be available. Please indicate on the discretionary application that you wish to apply for a matching grant in the event no discretionary funds are available.
that conduct fundraising specifically for legislative purposes may seek a matching grant. Matching grants are not available to states receiving discretionary grants. For the 2019-2020 fiscal year, the maximum matching grant is $4,000. Matching grants are made on a scale consistent with and reflecting their current State Association Advisory Committee (SAAC) classification. Learn more about the SAAC.
- Small States (299 members or less) 2-1 Match
- Medium States (300-674 members) 1.66-1 Match
- Large States (675-1199 members) 1.33-1 Match
- Extra Large States (1200 members or more) 1-1 Match
Applications will be accepted from August 1-31, 2019 and must be submitted to the GAC District Representative. Those states completing the Discretionary Grant Application who, in the event they are not awarded a discretionary grant, indicate on the discretionary grant application that they still wish to be considered for a matching grant do not need to complete a matching grant application.
Awards will be announced after discretionary grant funds have been allocated. To be eligible for a matching grant, funds must be donated by members, or through events organized and supported by members. A copy of the invitation or other documentation will demonstrate member involvement and the purpose of the fundraising. A list of the donors and amounts donated is required. The purpose of the matching grant is to complement the investment of NATA members in their legislative and regulatory efforts. Grants are dependent on available funds.
Funds must have been raised since July 1, 2019. If the state plans to fundraise before June 1, 2020, you may apply for a 2019-20 matching grant; deadline is June 15, 2020 to provide documentation.
Discretionary grants are disbursed based on expenditures and will not be released until receipts are submitted to the NATA Manager of State Governmental Affairs (NATA-GA Manager). Documentation may be sent electronically or in hard copy to the NATA-GA Manager at the NATA offices. Please allow two weeks for processing. If there are cash flow issues, seed money may be made available. All receipts and documentation must be provided by June 1, 2020. Sample documentation form is provided on the 2nd tab of the financial worksheet.
Matching grants are awarded in a lump sum after approval and after submission of required documentation. Please allow two weeks for processing. Checks are mailed to the individual and address indicated on the applications. The NATA-GA Manager will notify the district director and GAC representative that the funds have been sent. All receipts with documentation must be provided by June 1, 2020. Sample documentation form is provided with the application.
States may use grant funds for state activities such as lobbyist fees, grassroots organizing, coalition building, informational flyers, state lobby days, legal fees, etc. Grant funds may not be used for federal legislative activities such as the NATA Hill Day, for the BOC Regulatory Conference, educational meetings such as iLEAD, donations, or campaign contributions. NATA will not provide funds for a consultant or lawyer in addition to a lobbyist.
For more information contact the NATA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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