Centre County Nonprofits Can Apply Now for COVID-19 Relief Grants
September 14, 2020 4:27 PM
by Geoff Rushton
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Centre County government on Monday began accepting applications from local nonprofit organizations for COVID-19 relief grant funding

Through 5 p.m. on Sept. 28, any nonprofit that is located and delivers services in Centre County can apply for a one-time grant to assist with expenses and lost revenues resulting from the pandemic.

Funding comes from the $14.7 million in CARES Act money awarded to the county in July to support businesses, municipalities, nonprofits, educational institutions, and county expenses associated with COVID-19.

“Centre County residents depend on our non-profit organizations for essential services in a variety of critical areas. It is our hope that this funding will help to ease the financial hardship experienced by these organizations as they continue to provide invaluable and increased services to our citizens and communities,” a statement from the Centre County Board of Commissioners said.

If a nonprofit has already received other CARES Act funding, such as the Paycheck Protection Program or Economic Injury Disaster Loan, it is still eligible to apply but must identify it has received those funds.

Grant checks are expected be awarded at the end of October with first priority being given to nonprofits that have not received any state or federal COVID-19 grant assistance. 

To apply, organizations will need to provide general nonprofit information such as EIN and type of entity; income statements for March 1,  through July 31, 2019 and March 1 through July 31, 2020; any expected loss from Aug. 1 through Dec. 31, 2020; latest 990 form; Form W-9; IRS Letter of Determination; and an explanation of the impact of COVID-19 on the organization.

The county is working on the nonprofit grant relief program with Centre Foundation, which will receive and vet all applications. Once processing and vetting is completed, application information will be sent to the county for decisions on grant awards. Centre Foundation will not be involved with grant decisions.

The application is available on both the Centre County and Centre Foundation websites. Centre Foundation staff are available to answer questions about the grant process through the foundation's website or by phone at (814) 237-6229.

On Friday, Centre County closed the application window for the small business relief grant program funded by the CARES Act money. Decisions about small business grant awards are expected in early October.

The county also recently sent COVID-19 block grant award information and agreements to municipalities.

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