Westmoreland CARES Nonprofit Support Grant

Westmoreland CARES Nonprofit Support Grant

The applications for the Westmoreland CARES Nonprofit Support Grant Program are now closed. The County thanks all those who have submitted their applications. Please check back for future funding opportunities.

The Westmoreland County Board of Commissioners has allocated $5 million to establish the Westmoreland County CARES Nonprofit Support Grant Program.   The program will provide funds up to $25,000, or 25% of calculated loss due to COVID-19, whichever is less, to nonprofits in the County that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis. 

Grant eligibility requirements and Frequently Asked Questions are being made available in advance of the application period to allow Westmoreland County nonprofits the opportunity to determine if they are eligible to participate in the Program and to gather the required application documents. 

Please understand that it is anticipated that this will be a competitive funding round.

Grant Program Timeline

Thursday, July 16, 2020 — Grant Program Announcement and information release. 

Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 10 AM —Period to submit Grants Applications will open. 

Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 5 PM—Period to submit Grant Applications will be closed. Applications for the grant will not be accepted after this time.

Eligibility Requirements 

  • Applicants are and/or were negatively impacted by COVID-19, including loss of revenue and declines in cash reserves. 
  • Applicants must be headquartered in Westmoreland County as evidenced by the organization’s legal address in Box C of IRS Form 990. 
  • Applicants must deliver services in Westmoreland County.
  • Applicants must be a 501(c) 3 or 501(c) 19 (Per Act 24) in Westmoreland County. 
  • Applicants must have been in operation no later than December 31, 2018. 
  • Applicants that have accepted or received funding from the Paycheck Protection Program or Economic Injury Disaster Loan are eligible, but the level of funding received will impact the applicant’s competitiveness.

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 provisions, funds can be used to cover working capital costs necessary to maintain operations during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Applicants are required to provide details as to how it will use the award. In addition, grant funding can be used by the nonprofit for costs of items needed to operate safely during COVID-19 and meet public health requirements (masks, barriers, signage, gloves, etc.) to the extent not compensated by another funding program. 

Nonexclusive examples of eligible uses include: 

  • Payroll (preference will be given to those applicants that did not receive Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) funds) 
  • Rent/Mortgage 
  • PPE and other COVID-19 related supplies 
  • Operating expenses 

Westmoreland CARES Nonprofit Support Grant Required Documents 

  • Copy of most recent IRS 990 filing (applicable to organizations with annual revenue greater than $50,000). 
  • Most recent accountant or internally prepared audit for the organization’s most recent fiscal year.
  • 2020 Year-to-Date financial statements. 
  • Monthly budget or financial projections for the period July 1—December 30, 2020. 
  • January—June profit and loss for 2019 and 2020.
  • Completed W-9 Form. 
  • A signed and completed application.
  • Employee headcount as of March 1 and July 1, 2020.
  • Any additional documentation to support a calculated loss due to COVID-19.
  • IRS ruling or determination letter. 

Ineligible Applicants 

  • Government or government-owned entities. 
  • Applicant not headquartered in Westmoreland County as evidenced by the organization’s legal address in Box C of IRS Form 990.
  • For-profit businesses. 
  • Organizations not delivering services in Westmoreland County.
  • Organizations primarily engaged in lobbying or political activities. 
  • Organizations that were not operational as of December 31, 2018. 
  • Organizations that did not receive revenue loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic and/or organizations that have no additional costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Private clubs/organizations that limit membership for reasons other than capacity.
  • Organizations NOT compliant with all federal, state & local laws, including taxation.
  • Organizations that are delinquent in the payment of real estate taxes. 

Questions? 

Please contact James Smith or Kyle Martin at the Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland by phone at (724) 830-3604 or by email at: jsmith@egcw.org or kmartin@egcw.org or nfp-disaster@egcw.org

Resources:

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

Coronavirus Relief Fund Frequently Asked Questions