Montgomery County launches CARES Act grants for local nonprofits

New program helps organizations who are providing pandemic relief

On July 30, Montgomery County launched a new $10 million grant program targeted at helping local nonprofit organizations recover during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This pandemic has increased demand for many services provided by our local nonprofits, such as emergency food services, mental health services, housing and more,” said Judy Dodge, Montgomery County Commission President. “Nonprofits provide critical services to our citizens, and we want to make sure they have appropriate funding to help with the long-term recovery of our community.”

The nonprofit grant program, funded by the federal CARES Act, is meant to help cover expenses for services that help individuals and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Expenses that qualify include mortgage or rent, utilities, and costs related to food insecurities, public health, PPE supplies, technology, and any other services that help people during the pandemic.

“Our nonprofits have been working hard to help people through the last several months,” said Marvene Mitchell-Cook, Director of the Office of CARES Act. “These grants will ensure they can continue to provide this much-needed help.”

These grants will provide up to $100,000 for expenses, either already incurred or anticipated from the pandemic, between March 1 and Dec. 31, 2020.

To qualify for the nonprofit grant program, applicants must:

  • Be a nonprofit organization organized under sections 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), or 501(c)(6) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code
  • Have served individuals affected by the COVID-19 in any way
  • Have proposed program services that benefit individuals living in Montgomery County, Ohio
  • Be physically located in Montgomery County, Ohio
  • Be able to provide financial records to support the grant request and program validation, including:
    • Must be able to reconcile, monitor, and report the use of these federal funds
    • Must be able to track and report the number of clients served and provide demographic information

Information about required documentation and a link to apply for this program are online at www.mcohiocares.org. Website visitors can also sign up for email alerts about upcoming CARES Act financial aid programs for the agriculture industry and healthcare institutions.

As part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the U.S. Treasury has issued Montgomery County $92 million of a planned $200 million allocation. This funding will be used to provide financial relief to individuals and businesses that have experienced hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.