On Tuesday, July 27th, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved $2 Million to launch a new “Community Resiliency Grants” program with funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The decision follows the Board’s April dedication of $5.8 Million in ARPA funds for “Community & Economic Resiliency” projects.
This “Community Resiliency Grants” program is part of that Board-approved package, which included four grants programs and one loan program. The County seeks grant applications from community-serving institutions and programs that respond to the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and are designed to increase resiliency, support recovery, and provide relief.
“So many of our gathering places at the heart and soul of our rural communities have barely held on during this crisis. Many of them rely on producing fundraisers to pay their bills but closed to stop the spread of infection. I’m hopeful that this grant will get these groups back on their feet, with their doors open, serving the residents and families in the community again,” said Board Vice-Chair Sue Hoek.
The County invites applications from the myriad of community centers – from arts and cultural centers, granges, senior centers, veterans’ centers, daycare centers, family resource centers, and recreational centers -- to name but a few. Although applicants are not required to have a publicly accessible location, they should demonstrate how they serve the community.
“The County recognizes that these community-serving places and programs are often where some of the most impacted and vulnerable community members -- such as children, at-risk youth, and seniors -- are served. And we know that many of them have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic,” said County CEO Alison Lehman.
The “Community Resiliency Grants” must adhere to ARPA guidelines. Applicants will have to demonstrate that their proposals “respond to the public health emergency or its negative economic impacts, including assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality.”
While applications for direct Covid-19 relief are eligible, applications that can demonstrate increased resiliency, build capacity, and leverage other resources will be most competitive. Eligible entities include nonprofit organizations, for-profit businesses, and special purpose districts. Grants will be capped at $100,000, and applications are due by September 10, 2021.
A review panel comprised of County staff and community leaders will review and score the applications. The panel’s recommendations will be advisory to the County CEO, who will bring a final recommendation to the Board of Supervisors on October 12, 2021 for approval.
How to Apply
The County hosted a virtual applicant’s conference on August 11, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. Watch a recording of the Applicant's Conference.
Any inquiries from potential applicants regarding this RFA should be directed to Desiree Belding of the Purchasing Division, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The County recognizes that some applicants may face barriers in accessing grant funding or may lack experience applying for grants. This may be the case for smaller, more rural, or all-volunteer entities. The County is partnering with the Sierra Business Council’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to offer technical assistance to potential applicants as they navigate the application process, and post-award process if successful. Please contact SBDC by emailing their team at email@example.com or leaving a message at (530) 582-5022.