Non-profit Program/Service Grant
Potential Maximum Grant: Up to $25,000
Grant Application Period: (4 weeks) October 12-November 9th
- Applicants may apply for grant amounts up to $25,000. Eligible grantees may be awarded funds in multiple disbursement rounds with an initial funding target of up to $10,000. The maximum amount of funding disbursed with any grant will be dependent on preference/prioritization, the number of applicants, and the total availability of funds, until such funds are
- Funding is for programs and services offered by non-profit entities that serve families and individuals in Okaloosa County specifically impacted by COVID-19.
- Funding is for non-profit programs’ technology changes necessary due to COVID-19 in order to continue to provide same services in a COVID-19 environment. Information Technology awards for this grant are limited to a maximum of $2,500.
- Grant award preference will be afforded to funding for non-profits’ food pantries and medical services serving Okaloosa County Citizens.
- Funding is also for other COVID-19 related programs or services offered or provided by non-profit entity serving Okaloosa County Citizens.
- Not eligible for grant: Daycares and schools.
- Expenses must have been unplanned and unbudgeted as of the non-profit organization’s most recently approved budget as of March 27, 2020.
Minimum Eligibility Requirements:
- Services offered or provided by non-profit must be COVID-19 related per one of the categories above.
- Grants may be awarded for an amount equal to or greater than the amount of the grant requested.
- Applicant must attest that funding is not for programs or expenditures otherwise reimbursed through city, county, state, or federal programs.
- If funding is sought for a prospective service project or initiative, applicant must have all other funding necessary to provide the service at time of application.
- Program/Service must occur/have occurred between March 1, 2020 – November 30, 2020. For prospective applications, amounts are based on reimbursable expenses. All service/work must be completed with receipts/ fully documented and submitted, prior to close-of-business December 10th. Failure to meet the documentation submittal deadline will result in denial of any reimbursement, regardless of eligibility.
- Must be a non-profit 501(c) 3 or 501(c)4 entity with a principal address in Okaloosa County (as reported to the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations, i.e. “Sunbiz” or non-profit must provide documentation to confirm it is located within Okaloosa County if non-profit is not required to be registered with the State of Florida).
- Must show proof of operations as of March 1, 2020, and operational as a non-profit as of date of grant application.
- Must have valid Okaloosa County business tax receipt or provide letter of exemption.
- Applicant non-profit must primarily serve the citizens of Okaloosa County.
- Applicant non-profit must have no current unpaid code enforcement liens or pending charged violation of federal, state, or local laws/ordinances.
- Applicant non-profit must have been impacted by full or partial closure (whether voluntary or due to government guidance or order) or reduction of hours of operation.
- Within the last five (5) years, no individual directing the non-profit has been convicted, pled guilty, or pled nolo contendere to any felony involving fraud, bribery, embezzlement, or a false statement in a loan application or an application for federal financial assistance.
- Neither the non-profit, nor any individual director of the non-profit is presently suspended, debarred, proposed for debarment, declared ineligible, involuntarily excluded from participation in any Federal program, or presently involved in any bankruptcy.
- Description of goods, services, and/or programs the non-profit provides to citizens of Okaloosa County.
- Notarized document containing narrative signed by CEO/executive director describing impact of COVID-19 on the organization and the organization’s necessary response to COVID-19, including numbers served pre and post COVID-19 (and any available documentation), and stating that the expenses for which funding is sought were unplanned and unbudgeted as of the non-profit organization’s most recently approved budget as of March 27, 2020.
- Current Board-approved or Board-amended operating budget as of March 27, 2020 (the date of enactment of the CARES Act), meaning enacted budget for the relevant fiscal period of the non-profit.
- IRS Form 990 or 990-PF for 2019 (or 2018 if 2019 Form 990 has not yet been filed).
- Current IRS W-9 Form (to allow County to effect payment).
- Schedule/timeline for implementation of services, project, or initiative.
- Budget of project/service to be provided.
- Applicant must explain why applicant non-profit cannot otherwise fund such services with existing non-profit resources.
- Applicant must detail consequences to public or community of not providing the service for which funding is sought.
- Applicant must disclose any other private, local, state, and federal assistance received/applied for.
- After award, Applicant must demonstrate the provision of service and full expenditure of grant award funds through receipts/documentation for grant period March 1, 2020 – December 30, 2020. All documentation must be submitted to the County no later than close of business December 10, 2020.
- Applicant non-profit must provide disclosure of any other COVID-19 grants applied and/or approved for, and any other State and federal funding received and such funding’s uses.
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