The Jefferson County Commission wishes to acknowledge the economic hardships experienced by Non-Profit organizations operating in Jefferson County, Alabama due to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing revenue replacement awards, utilizing ARPA/SLFRF funds, to eligible organizations within Jefferson County, Alabama.
The purpose of these awards is to support the ongoing mission of organizations engaged in certain charitable activities to benefit the public good and replace revenue lost by the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is designed to target non-profit service categories that were identified as having a negative economic impact and most likely to have not received revenue replacement funding through other funding sources or programs.
These grants will help make up for the loss in revenue experienced by these non-profit organizations resulting from a myriad of losses such as loss of membership, donations, visitors, additional staffing costs, operational costs increase, and the inability to host fundraising events to support their respective missions.
The goal of this program is to provide revenue replacement grants to non-profits within targeted categories that experienced a loss in revenue due to the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Program Design Parameters:
- Target non-profit service categories that were identified as having a negative economic impact and most likely to have not received revenue replacement funding through other ARPA funding sources or programs.
- Grant amounts will be a minimum of $5,000.00 to a maximum of $30,000.00
- Awardees will be classified as beneficiaries of this funding. This will be a direct-to-beneficiary grant program under the ARPA guidelines.
- There must be no duplication of benefits and applicants must not be a recipient of any other ARPA funds, including other programmatic uses.
Awardees will submit their application via an online portal. Which will be available on May 5, 2023. The application will require the necessary documentation to determine eligibility. The documentation requirements include (but are not limited to):
- Place-Based Location requirements: The Applying entity must be domiciled and operate within Jefferson County, Alabama.
- Non-profit Status: Designated invitees will be 501(c)3 organizations in good standing (provide IRS designation letter)
- Demonstration of Revenue Loss: Verified by a comparison of the organization's IRS Form 990 for the fiscal years 2019 and 2020, for a calculated net revenue loss, up to the grant award maximum.
- SAM.gov: SAM.gov: An “Active and in Good Standing” SAM.gov registration is required for grants of $30KSAM.gov: and above. And while this is not required for grants under $30K, it is strongly encouraged. For organizations holding an “Active” designation with SAM.gov, the application review team will complete a debarment and suspension check, eligible organizations must be in good standing. If an entity has its account set to private, it must make it public for this verification check to be completed.
- Verifiable Presence of Operation: Applicants are required to have continuous operations over the past two years and have a current, verifiable web presence.
Organization Eligibility Requirements:
- Nonprofit organizations holding a 501(c)3 designation with the IRS.
- The organization must have a current, verifiable web presence (e.g., Website, Facebook, other social media). The organization must have been in continuous operation for the most recent two-year period.
- The organization must have a physical presence in the geographic region outlined above and must be engaged in programming in that geographic area.
- The organization should have a demonstrated track record in administering Federal grant funds or be willing to engage in technical assistance as needed to ensure compliance.
Program Eligibility Requirements:
- Organizations must have a calculated revenue loss: as demonstrated by their 2019 and 2020 990 filings. (If the organization did not file their 990—they are not eligible,. organizations who file 990-N’s (Postcard) Organizations who file 990-N’s (Postcard) may be eligible for a $5,000 award fixed award.are not eligible)
- 2019 990 filing line 12 minus 2020 990 filing line 12. This revenue loss will be the requested award amount.
- To receive an award, the calculated revenue loss must be greater than $5,000.
- Organizations must certify that they are not the recipient of any other ARPA funds: either from the City, County or State.
- The purpose of this program is to provide funding to eligible nonprofit organizations yet to receive assistance from ARPA funds.
- Organizations must provide services for the public good in one of the following areas:
- Senior Services
- Economic Development
- Historical Preservation/Museums / Parks / Arts & Cultural Programs
- Child Care
- Must have a board of directors with more than 5 members
- 40% cannot be related by birth or marriage.
- Organizations must have an active 501(c)3 nonprofit designation and be in good standing with the IRS and the State of Alabama
- Domiciled and operating, with a physical location, within the designated Jefferson County, AL and actively providing services to the citizens of Jefferson County.
- Show a demonstrated mission of performing charitable activities to benefit the public good of the citizens of Jefferson County, Alabama
- Applications to the program will be open via a formal Request for Application which Jefferson County will advertise and promote according to all applicable guidelines prescribed for Federal grants.
- The Jefferson County Commission will provide an online portal for all organizations wishing to apply for the program, which will be available on May 5, 2023
- Awards will be made to eligible organizations in the order applications are received until funds are exhausted. There will be no application curing. Information requested must be fully contained in the application or applications will be deemed ineligible.
This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number FAIN SLFRF 1176 awarded to the Jefferson County Commission by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.