Guilford County Launches Second CARES Grant Program
County Partners with United Way of Greensboro and High Point to facilitate 2.5M in Grant Programs for NonProfits Helping People Impacted by Coronavirus
Guilford County Government has announced a grant program designed to aid nonprofit agencies amid the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Under the program, which launches Monday, June 8, 2020, the program will provide one-time grants of up to $50,000 to help offset the significant, temporary service impacts of nonprofit agencies during this pandemic.
The County has initially identified up to $2.5 million in emergency relief funds to support the nonprofit agencies and assist residents in our community who have been hardest hit by the pandemic, specifically local nonprofits with a location in the County. The source of funding for this grant program is the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act federal stimulus package.
Guilford County Board of Commissioners authorized the use of the CARES funds to help nonprofit agencies fill the gaps in the community to address issues of food insecurities, public health measures and supplies, and providing medical access for those individuals in the County that have been hit hardest due to the pandemic.
When asked about the program, Chairman of the Board, Jeff Phillips stated “Our non-profit organizations are the heart of our communities. We are hopeful that by supporting our eligible programs, many of which serve as lifelines for our most vulnerable citizens, can help to address some of the many critical needs during this pandemic.”
The launch of the program will be rolled out over three days and will continue until all the funds are distributed. Information regarding eligibility and the documents needed for the application will be made available Monday, June 8th on the County’s website here.
Beginning on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 2:00PM those entities with questions may contact the County at GuilfordCaresNonProfit@guilfordcountync.gov. Applications will be accepted online Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 3:00 PM. The money will be distributed to eligible nonprofits on a first come-first serve basis.
The County is partnering with the United Way of Greensboro and the United Way of High Point to aid in the review and processing of the applications. Each United Way organization has created teams of local leaders representing food insecurities, public health measures and medical access.
"As our communities continue to come together around issues of justice, peace and equality, we must also continue to support people who have been impacted by Coronavirus. We're pleased to collaborate with Guilford County to help local nonprofits who are serving children, adults and families," said Frank McCain, Vice President, Community Impact and Investment, United Way of Greater Greensboro.
Latoya Bullock, Vice President of Community Impact, United Way of Greater High Point shared, “This will allow agencies to continue serving those in need of help with such things as food assistance among other urgent needs. United Way of Greater High Point would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Guilford County Government for recognizing the needs of the community and setting aside funds to answer this call for assistance.”
With a NC unemployment rate around 12.2%, providing resources for those in need is vital to the recovery efforts of the County. With roughly 600,000 residents, Guilford County met the 500,000+ population minimum requirement to qualify to receive tens of millions of dollars from the federal government to help nonprofit agencies and small businesses through the CARES Act. In fact, Guilford County is one of only three NC counties to receive direct funds totaling $93.7 million dollars to help fund the County’s response efforts to the health crisis and provide economic support to small businesses and nonprofits.