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Posted on: November 19, 2020

APPLICATION PERIOD FOR CARES NONPROFIT GRANT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM NOW OPEN

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The application period for the Monroe County CARES Nonprofit Grant Assistance Program, approved by the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners for COVID-19-impacted 501c3 organizations, is now open. 

To be deemed an eligible organization, the nonprofit must provide documentation proving the nonprofit’s 501c3 status, the organization must be located in Monroe County, and serve the community or citizens of Monroe County. In addition to other requirements, the organization must substantiate COVID-19 pandemic negative impact and be in current operation providing services in Monroe County since at least Nov. 1, 2018. 

The assistance program consists of a one-time fixed amount grant based on the size of the applicant organization’s operating budget, prior to March 1, 2020 as reported on its most recently filed IRS 990 form. The grant amounts are as follows:

  • Total Operating Budget below $350,000: $3,000
  • Total Operating Budget between $350,000 and below $850,000: $5,000
  • Total Operating Budget $850,000 and over: $7,000

Applications will be accepted and funded based on when a fully completed application is received on a first come first serve basis. Applications will be received until funding is expended. The application will be done completely with an online application. Applications will not be accepted through email or mail. 

Local chambers of commerce have offered to help any local nonprofits in their area with application questions, even if they are not members. Contact your local chamber AFTER reading the Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions document. 

The application, required documents, and the guidance and frequently asked questions document can be found at www.monroecounty-fl.gov/nonprofitcares

Do not start the application without having all required documents ready to attach. Submitted applications without all the required documentation attached will not be considered.

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