Harrisonburg CARES Act Nonprofit Assistance

The City of Harrisonburg is allocating $900,000 for eligible nonprofit organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This allocation is part of the federal funding made available to the city through the Commonwealth of Virginia from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The City will accept funding requests through this application for:

  • Service Interruption:  This program will provide funds to organizations that can demonstrate they have had to interrupt their services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Service Expansion Program:  This program will provide funds to organizations that demonstrate they have significantly expanded their services due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Contact Amy Snider, Assistant to the City Manager, with any application questions at [email protected].

REQUIREMENTS

These funds will be available to nonprofit organizations who meet this criteria:

  • Are in good standing with the Virginia State Corporation Commission
  • Can provide proof of nonprofit status
  • Can provide a copy of its most recent IRS Form 990, Form 990-EZ, or 990-an
  • Can demonstrate their services have been affected by COVID-19
  • Can demonstrate that they serve Harrisonburg residents, even if headquarters is not located in Harrisonburg

Organizations may apply for funding in two categories:  service interruption and/or new/expanded services. Organizations may request up to a maximum of $50,000, which may consist for example of $10,000 for service interruption and $40,000 for new/expanded services.

This funding can only be used to cover costs incurred between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020.  Revenue replacement is not a permissible use of funds. Revenue includes service fees, contributions, fundraising, investment returns or other sources of income that are part of the organiztion’s budget. The CARES Act coronavirus relief funding must be expended by December 30, 2020 and any unused funds must be returned to the City.

It is anticipated that funding awards will be announced on or about November 2, 2020. Upon award, organizations will be required to sign a certification or agreement regarding the organization’s understanding of the appropriate use of funds as it relates to spending requirements of the CARES Act coronavirus relief funds.

Deadline for applications is Monday, October 26 at 1:00PM. CLICK HERE for the application.

Harrisonburg CARES Fund accepting grant applications

The Harrisonburg CARES Fund at The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County (TCFHR) was created for the purpose of supporting Harrisonburg City individuals and families via nonprofits by addressing necessary expenditures due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency.

In June 2020, funding was made available to the City of Harrisonburg under section 601(a) of the Social Security Act, as added by section 5001 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES Act). The CARES Act established the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) and appropriated $150 billion to distribute to States and certain local governments; the District of Columbia; U.S. Territories; and Tribal governments. The City granted a $250,000 portion of this funding to establish the Harrisonburg CARES Fund to support local nonprofits via grants.

The Harrisonburg CARES Fund will provide grants, that meet eligibility criteria, to nonprofit organizations. Applications will be reviewed and, if approved, processed within one week of review. Grant applications will be accepted starting September 17, 2020. Applications will be reviewed by The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County and The United Way of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County.

Grant Guidelines, Basic Eligibility & Timeline
The Harrisonburg CARES Fund will provide grants, that meet eligibility criteria, to nonprofit organizations. Applications will be reviewed and, if approved, processed within one week of review. Grant applications will be accepted starting September 17, 2020. Applications will be reviewed by The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County and The United Way of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County.

Nonprofit organization must have a principal place of business located within or serving the City or with substantial activities occurring within the City of Harrisonburg and with organizational missions and relief efforts focused on the areas of food, utilities, childcare, and may support other COVID-19 relief efforts. Nonprofits must have been a legally established 501c3 nonprofit organization as of February 2020.

The first deadline for applications is September 24, 2020 at 5:00pm. Grant applications will be reviewed on September 28, and if necessary, on October 19.

Eligiblity

• Grants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are not, able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5) and 501(c)(6) organizations.
• Have local leadership in the form of a board of directors or advisory committee, local financial support, and local program management and accountability.
• TCFHR honors the rich diversity of our community and promotes equal opportunities for all people. TCFHR supports organizations, projects and programs that do not illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability or any other protected characteristics. TCFHR does not knowingly award grants to organizations that illegally discriminate in their hiring, those they accept as volunteers or the clients they serve.

Application

To apply, download the APPLICATION and submit to [email protected] by the September 24th deadline.

Animal Welfare & Mental Health Grant Applications Available

The Hildred Neff Memorial Fund grants are awarded annually through a competitive application process. Hildred Neff was born in Rockingham County and lived locally her entire life. She loved animals and was especially fond of cats. Ms. Neff left her estate to create a permanently endowed fund to benefit nonprofit agencies that provide for the needs of both domestic and wild animals. Grant awards range from $1,000 to $15,000. The 2020 Hildred Neff Memorial Fund grant application deadline is Monday, August 17 at midnight.

The Sean Warner Memorial Endowment Fund was established by Mark and Susan Warner to honor the memory of their son by helping other children. This fund was created to contribute to general charitable purposes within the area of emotional support services for children of divorced parents. The 2020 award will be approximately $450. Nonprofit organizations in the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County community may apply. The 2020 Sean Warner Memorial Fund grant application deadline for this annual grant award is Monday, August 17 at midnight.

Grants will be awarded in September. Please contact The Community Foundation at 540-432-3863, or [email protected], with application or eligibility questions.