(Caution: 1998 Prop. 105 applies)

A. Upon approval of its regional funding plan by the board, each regional partnership council shall publicize the grants permitted by the plan in the community and encourage the submission of grant proposals from public and private entities in the region for programs to achieve the goals of the authorized grants.

B. Each regional partnership council shall review grant proposals for compliance with the requirements of section 8-1172 and shall select grantees to recommend to the board.

C. In addition to complying with the conflict of interest provisions of title 38, chapter 3, article 8, no regional partnership council member shall vote on, or participate in the discussion of, any grant proposal in which any entity by which they are employed or on whose board they serve has a substantial interest, as defined by section 38-502.

D. Each regional partnership council shall forward to the board all of the grant proposals it has received, along with its recommendations for which grants should be awarded and an explanation of how those grant proposals will comply with the approved regional funding plan. Regional recommendations must be forwarded to the board no later than May 15 of each year, beginning in 2009.

E. The board shall have discretion to approve or reject a regional partnership council’s recommendations, in whole or in part. The board shall act on all regional grant proposals no later than June 15 of each year, beginning in 2009.

F. The board may, on a finding of good cause, approve the funding of grant proposals received from a council after the deadlines set forth in this section, including revised recommendations re-submitted in response to board action revising or rejecting a grant recommendation.

G. In evaluating direct program and grant program proposals, the regional partnership council and board must consider:

1. The extent to which the program will meet needs identified in the most regional and/or statewide needs and assets assessment.

2. The extent to which the program has made or will make use of other existing resources, including federal, state and private funds, to achieve its objectives.

3. The overall needs of the region and the state, as identified in the regional and statewide needs and assets assessments.

4. The adequacy of the means by which the applicant proposes to evaluate the success of the program.

5. The adequacy of the financial controls and accountability measures proposed by the applicant.