By ONME Newswire
Fresno’s non-profits have provided essential services during the COVID-19 crisis including those the most impacted by this public and health crisis. For many, their normal activities to raise money and support their operations have also been interrupted by the shut-down. In recognition of their importance to our community and the economic disruption that they too have suffered, the City of Fresno City Council has allocated $500,000 in grant funding for Fresno non-profits.
The program funds are intended to target nonprofit organizations whose services have been interrupted by the COVID-19 crisis, most notably emergency services for veterans, seniors, children, and youth, as well as domestic violence victims and unemployed workers. Examples of services include food banks and emergency housing, public and mental health services including counseling and job placement and retraining services. Download the complete Program Guidelines.
This program is separate from the $1,500,000 dedicated to the Fresno Arts and Culture Emergency Relief Grant Program to help museums, performing arts programs, and local artists and administered by the Fresno Arts Council.
Available Grant Distributions
$5,000 = annual operational budget of $5,000-$50,000 $10,000 = annual operational budget of $50,000-$250,000 $20,000 = annual operational budget of $250,000 and above The City of Fresno Save Our Non-Profits program will help recipients cover:
payroll and benefit costs
rent or mortgage payments to avoid eviction or foreclosure
utility fees except for utilities managed by the City of Fresno e.g. water and garbage bill
property capital improvements related to social distancing or other public health requirements
operational, equipment or property modifications to adapt to longer-term changes in customer behavior e.g. shifts to online ordering and home delivery and unstable economic conditions interruptions to supply chains and the potential for future closures, general recession conditions
Grant funds may only be used to directly support services provided primarily to the City of Fresno residents; they may not be used for grants or funding for other organizations, medical or scientific research, scholarships, or tuition.
To be considered for a grant, a non-profit must meet all the following conditions:
Operate as an autonomous entity or local chapter within City of Fresno city limits with services offered primarily to City of Fresno residents
Must have been created at least one year prior to March 4, 2020
Must have total annual reported revenue of at least $5,000
Must be able to show a loss of income due to the COVID-19 crisis that is greater than the value of any related government funding including PPP, EIDL and government contracts derived from CARES Act Funding
Must be able to provide a valid and current IRS Form 990 showing proof of status as a:
501(c)3 Public Charity
501(c)19 Post or Organizations of War Veterans
Non-profit must have a mitigation plan in place for any code violations related to the delivery of services in the City of Fresno
The following types of non-profits are ineligible: educational institutions of all sizes, hospitals and outpatient treatment clinics, group homes, athletic leagues or teams, professional associations, retirement associations, alumni groups, research institutions, fraternities/sororities, grant-making or endowment funds, media organizations, 501(c)3 Private Non-operating Foundations, endowment funds, Parent-Teacher Groups, any non-profit formed to support a single organization, churches of any denomination or any entity whose mission asks its representatives to proselytize for a religious creed as part of the delivery of services. Non-profits whose primary officer is a City of Fresno employee or an immediate family member of a City of Fresno employee are also excluded.