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Kent County unveils non-profit grant program

DOVER – Kent County nonprofits are now eligible for grants under an $8 million program, created with federal funding, to help agencies still struggling to recover from the pandemic of COVID-19.

Kent County’s COVID-19 response programs will include two initiatives: COVID Loss Recovery to address financial losses during the pandemic, and COVID Capital Enhancement to address unmet capital needs and improve the conditions of facilities.

The Covid Loss Recovery Program will provide up to $100,000 to eligible nonprofit organizations directly financially impacted by the pandemic in 2020 and 2021. Applicants must provide financial documentation for the past three years to compare 2019 to 2020 and 2021 in order to verify the economic loss of decreasing revenues and increasing operating costs.

The COVID Capital Improvement Program focuses on nonprofit construction, expansion, and infrastructure improvement projects up to $500,000 or up to 50% of project costs. Capital projects must be correlated to the consequences of the pandemic and benefit the affected population.

To be eligible, nonprofits must serve Kent County residents, but need not be headquartered in Kent County. Grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations to serve four categories:

  • Children and young people, including education, counselling, childcare, food assistance and other child and young people support service providers.
  • People with disabilities (visual, auditory, mobility impaired, and developmental) including education, employment assistance, transportation, food services, and other support services.
  • Homeless individuals and families, including temporary housing providers (shelters), food assistance providers, referral/counselling services and other homeless support service providers. Food assistance may include providers such as food banks and food pantries that provide food to children, their families and the general public.
  • Seniors, including community senior centers, food assistance providers, transit assistance providers, and other senior support service providers.

Kent County will use a portion of its share of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, as well as federal funding from the State and Local Financial Recovery Fund, a category of ARPA funding specifically for the recovery of small businesses and non-profit organizations, among other initiatives .

County officials will allocate funds equally to nonprofits that fit the four categories, but may be reallocated based on demand. Additional funding can be committed if needed, and sufficient funding remains available.

Kent County will accept applicants on a rolling basis for three months between July 28 and October 28 at 5:00 p.m.