Westmoreland CARES Nonprofit Support Grant

Westmoreland CARES Nonprofit Support Grant

APPLICATIONS FOR ROUND 2 GRANTS ARE NOW CLOSED.

Congratulations to the Westmoreland County CARES Non-Profit Grant First Round Recipients! 

ROUND 2 GRANT PROGRAM (now closed)

The Westmoreland County Board of Commissioners has authorized Round 2 of the Westmoreland County Nonprofit Support Grant Program. The program may provide up to $25,000, or 25%, of calculated revenue loss due to COVID-19, whichever is less, OR up to $25,000 of eligible and supported expenses related to COVID-19 to nonprofits within Westmoreland County that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis.  Nonprofits are encouraged to complete both revenue loss and expenses to ensure the best opportunity for a successful result.  

This program announcement is on the basis of potential grant funding that may be available after December 1, 2020. Funding is not guaranteed. Applicants are asked to complete applications and provide documentation in preparation for a potential round of funding.

Round 2 of the CARES Nonprofit Support Grant Program will be operated on a first-come first-serve basis:

  • Nonprofit organizations who received funding from the first round of the Westmoreland CARES Nonprofit Support Grant Program are eligible to apply for Round 2 only if they have not received the maximum award of $25,000. If your organization received an award of $25,000 through Round 1 of the Westmoreland CARES Nonprofit Support Grant Program, you are not eligible.
  • Only fully completed applications will be considered.
  • This round of grant funding for nonprofits is not guaranteed.
  • Not all applications will be funded.
  • There is no application fee.
  • You may apply under Option A: revenue loss and/or Option B: COVID-19 related expenses.
  • If your nonprofit experienced a revenue gain or is a new nonprofit, you must apply using Option B.

Grant Program Timeline

Round 2 Program Announcement:  November 13th

Round 2 Submission Period:           Beginning November 13th

Round 2 Award Notification:            No awards will be announced until after December 1, 2020 as this program announcement is on the basis of potential grant funding that may be available after that date.  If funds are available, the Commissioners in conjunction with the Economic Growth Connection will work as quickly as possible to process and review applications. Award announcements will be made at a Board of Commissioners’ public meeting with disbursement of grant funds to occur within 15 days of receipt of an executed grant agreement with the County, should program funding become available.  The Board may schedule special public meetings as needed.  

Eligibility Requirements 

  • Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(19) organization, per Act 24.
  • Applicants who are and/or were negatively impacted by COVID-19, including through declines in revenue or cash reserves or increases in expenses related to COVID-19 specific mitigation efforts.
  • Applicants must deliver services within Westmoreland County. For nonprofits headquartered outside of Westmoreland County, information provided in the application process must be specific to Westmoreland County operations only.
  • Applicants that have accepted or received other public COVID-19 related grant funding from such programs as the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan Grant or COVID-19 Statewide Business Assistance Program (CDFI) are eligible, but the level of funding received through the Westmoreland CARES Nonprofit Support Grant Program will be impacted.

How can the funds be used? 

Per current statutory provisions and federal and Commonwealth guidance relating to Pennsylvania Act 24 of 2020 (“Act 24”), the Pennsylvania COVID-19 – County Relief Block Grant Program, and the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) Coronavirus Relief Fund, funds can be used to cover working capital costs necessary to maintaining a business during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Funding may not be used to pay owner’s salary or pay the owner outright. Applicants will be required to detail how the awards were used in reporting requirements. Grant funding can also be used for the costs of items needed to operate safely during COVID-19 and meet public health requirements (i.e. masks, barriers, signage, gloves, etc.) to the extent not compensated by another funding program.

A few examples of uses include:

  • Payroll (excludes payroll covered through the Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program);
  • Operating costs (i.e. workers compensation insurance premium and unemployment insurance premium increases related to COVID-19);
  • Utilities, cable, internet, phone (excluding personal residence);
  • Rent/mortgage interest (excluding personal residence, including equipment leases);
  • Sanitizing/disinfecting product and/or services;
  • Personal protective equipment and other COVID-19 related supplies;
  • Purchase of equipment to facilitate social distancing (i.e. signage, plastic barriers, outdoor dining equipment);
  • Temperature screening equipment;
  • Equipment and/or software to improve telework capabilities;
  • Employee paid leave due to COVID-19 illness or quarantine (e.g., EFMLA);
  • Facility cleaning; and 
  • Perishable product loss as a result of closure or partial shutdown.

Required Documentation 

In order for your application to be considered complete and eligible for consideration, you must submit the following IN THIS SPECIFIED ORDER:

  • Completed application checklist
  • Completed and signed application form (please use the business name and address as shown on your W-9)
  • Form W-9, completed and signed.
  • Most recent IRS Form 990 (applicable for applicants with revenue >$50,000 annually).
  • Income statement (profit and loss statement) for the period January 1 to October 31, 2019.
  • Income statement (profit and loss statement) for the period January 1 to October 31, 2020.
  • Additional documentation to support a loss due to COVID-19 (i.e. documentation to support canceled fundraising events, reduction of recurring funding, etc.).
  • Invoices and receipts to support expenses related to COVID-19 expenses from March 1, 2020 to the date of application submission, if you choose to apply under Option B.
  • IRS ruling or determination Letter.

Ineligible Applicants 

  • Government or government-owned entities.
  • For-profit businesses.
  • Organizations not delivering services in Westmoreland County.
  • Organizations primarily engaged in lobbying or political activities.
  • Organizations that did not experience revenue loss due to COVID-19 and/or organizations that have no additional costs associated with the COVID-19 public health crisis.
  • Private clubs/businesses that limit membership for reasons other than capacity.
  • Organizations NOT compliant with all federal, state and local laws, including taxation.
  • Organizations that are delinquent in the payment of real estate taxes.
  • Nonprofits that have already received a maximum award of $25,000 under Round 1 of Westmoreland CARES Nonprofit Support Grant Program may not apply.

Questions? 

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions first, then contact Economic Growth Connection if you have additional questions regarding Round 2 of the Westmoreland CARES Nonprofit Support Grant Program.

nfp-disaster@egcw.org

James Smith, President/CEO
jsmith@egcw.org
(724) 830-3604

Kyle Martin, Business Development
kmartin@egcw.org
(724) 830-3604

Resources:

Coronavirus Relief Fund Guidance for State, Territorial, Local, and Tribal Governments

Coronavirus Relief Fund Frequently Asked Questions