Supporting Local Nonprofits Through ARPA Funds
The County of Hunterdon is pleased to announce the availability of funding for nonprofits through the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds.
In ensuring that the County of Hunterdon is broadly supporting our community through these funds, we are providing the following information to help nonprofits determine their potential eligibility and to outline the process, funding amounts, and funding requirements.
The County of Hunterdon has a total of $1,000,000 set aside to support our local nonprofits who were on the front lines of responding to the COVID-19 Public Emergency Health Crisis and those who have experienced negative economic impacts as a result of the crisis. The minimum amount awarded to a given organization is $5,000 and the maximum amount is $100,000. There is no guarantee of grant award.
This program has been designed to specifically to support nonprofits who serve residents of Hunterdon County.
Recipients will be required to submit financial reports and other supporting documentation to meet the Federal reporting requirements for these dollars. Potential applicants should note that managing Federal awards can be a compliance-heavy process, and they should determine before applying whether they have the capacity and ability to manage the size of the award they are requesting. Applicants will be asked to attest to the fact that they have the institutional, managerial, and financial capability to ensure proper management and completion of their proposed project.
Funds may be requested for:
Negative Economic Impacts Allowable Projects:
Household Assistance including Food Programs, Rent, mortgage and utility aid, cash transfers, and internet access; Unemployment benefits or cash assistance to unemployed workers; Job training assistance.
Aid to Nonprofits Allowable Projects:
Ongoing operations support to nonprofit organizations whose mission is directly related to providing community critical responses to the COVID-19 Emergency Public Health Crisis, or nonprofit organizations whose operations or finances have been adversely affected by the crisis’ health effects and economic effect.
Additionally, these funds come with a stated purpose to prioritize funding for communities or populations (defined by Qualified Census Tract or by evidence provided by the recipient) that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, and that list includes an expanded list of allowable projects such as:
Services to Disproportionately Impacted Communities Allowable Projects:
Education Assistance in early learning, aid to high-poverty districts, academic services, and social, emotional, and mental health services; Healthy Childhood Environments for childcare, home visiting, services to foster youth and families in the child welfare system; Housing Support like affordable housing, services for unhoused persons; Social Determinants of Health like lead remediation, community violence interventions, and community health workers or benefits navigators.
An Eligibility Quiz (below) will be available to assist those who are looking to determine if they meet the eligibility requirements.
Applications will open on Monday, November 13, 2023 at 9am, and close on Friday, December 8, 2023 at 5pm. During that time, we are available to answer questions by contacting - firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Information Session will be held on November 20, 2023, 9am where we’ll provide additional information and answer your questions about the process, eligibility, and about application and reporting requirements. Registration for the event will be required.
Funding decisions will be made in the 1st Quarter of 2024
OUTLINE OF THE PROCESS FOR NONPROFITS:
Determine your eligibility.
Potential applicants should designate someone who is authorized to submit grant requests on behalf of the organization to complete the Eligibility Quiz.
This Quiz will ask for:
Whether organization required State filings are up to date (business registration, charitable fundraising registration, property taxes, etc.?)
Whether the project responds specifically to the health or economic impacts of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency or addresses Clean Water, Drinking Water, or Broadband needs
Which Federal Expenditure Category your proposed project would fall into (Negative Economic Impacts, Services to Disproportionately Impacted Communities, Premium Pay, or Infrastructure)
An attestation to the fact that the organization has the appropriate financial and management controls in place to manage Federal awards and that the minimum grant does not equal more than 25% of the organization’s budget.
Completing the Application
Once you’ve determined eligibility by reviewing the Eligibility Quiz. The grant online application will be made available upon completion of the Eligibility Quiz.
The application will ask for information that will allow us to meet Federal reporting requirements.
Organization Legal Information and Contact Information
Project Manager Contact Information
Project Description (50 - 250 words)
Timeline: Annual or Multi-Year
Project Expenditure Category
Project Population Target (i.e., is it targeted in Qualified Census Tracts or to communities severely impacted by the pandemic.
Signing the Grant Agreement
Once you’ve been approved for a grant, you’ll be asked to sign a grant agreement. This grant agreement will cover important information about your obligations and responsibilities as part of your grant and reporting. Please note, this is a legal document that binds you to follow Federal contracting rules, so you should be familiar with typical obligations, as well as the most up-to-date obligations related to vaccine mandates for Federal contractors.
Meeting Reporting Requirements
The grant agreement will include a list of deadlines for required reports. These reports will be able to be submitted through a form and will track closely to the information provided in your application. Missing reporting deadlines may impact your ability to receive future funding.