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Grants and Resources for Nonprofits during COVID-19

GRANTS DURING COVID-19 CRISIS: A local funding partnership of the United Way of Central Washington (UWCW), Latino Community Fund (LCF), and the Yakima Valley Community Foundation (YVCF) invites non-profits seeking financial assistance for their community response or protection of critical services during the crisis to apply for funds.  A brief on-line application created by the funding partners is available here: Resilience and Response Fund Grant Application 

Federal Grant Opportunity

  • $98.1M federal grant opportunity: Deadline to apply is May 14th
    • According to information in the grant documents and language on their press release, grants will be awarded to eligible entities, such as state workforce agencies, workforce agencies of outlying areas, non-profits or Tribal organizations to support projects designed to:

      • Help farmworkers and their dependents acquire necessary skills to either stabilize or advance in their agricultural jobs or obtain employment in new industries or occupations; and

      • Assist these individuals in securing safe and sanitary permanent and temporary housing.

    • The purpose of this program is to counter chronic unemployment and underemployment experienced by migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their dependents who depend primarily on jobs in agricultural labor performed across the country. National Farmworkers Job Programs (NFJP) assists eligible Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers, including youth and adults, and their dependents, to receive career services, training services, housing assistance services, youth services, and other related assistance services, including emergency services, that help stabilize their current agriculture jobs as well as acquire new skills they need to start careers that provide higher wages and year-round employment. To support better economic outcomes for farmworkers, NFJP also works to meet a critical need for safe and sanitary permanent and temporary housing.

    • LINK TO APPLICATION:  https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=326315

 

Humanities Grant Opportunity

  • Sponsor: Humanities Washington
  • Link: https://www.humanities.org/relief/
  • Grant open: Now - May 31
  • Description: Humanities Washington is honored to provide rapid-response funding to humanities and cultural non-profit organizations in Washington State facing financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus. Funding for this grant is provided by the CARES Act and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • Grant: Up to $5,000 for general operating support to non-profits. The application will take less than 30 minutes to complete and decisions will be provided within 10 business days.

 

King County Solidarity Fund Grant Opportunity

  • Sponsor: Washington Low Income Housing Alliance and the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness (SKCCH)
  • Link: https://www.wliha.org/covid-19-solidarity-funds-2020
  • Description: The Washington Low Income Housing Alliance and the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness (SKCCH) are excited to announce companion Solidarity Funds to help protect people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 emergency. The Coalition recently launched a King County Solidarity Fund as a rapid response to the pandemic and the clear and disproportionate threats of this crisis to people experiencing homelessness. That Fund is available to organizations that serve people who are experiencing homelessness in King County and that do not have access to alternate or adequate funds to meet an urgent need.
  • Grant: We will consider requests to fund tangible goods, supplies, and direct services for people experiencing homelessness up to $5,000. Requests over $5,000 will be considered on a case-by-case basis as funding pool allows.

 


 

Congress recently passed two pieces of legislation, the CARES Act and FFCRA, which will have sizable impact on nonprofits. These impacts include required sick leave provisions for certain employees, potential payroll tax credits, and various loan programs to offset economic challenges your organization may face during this time.

Below are key elements of the CARES Act and FFCRA as they may relate to nonprofits to help you understand what relief is available.

Paycheck Protection Loans Program

  • Most 501(c)(3) organizations*, 501(c)(19), tribal businesses with fewer than 500 employees** (worldwide) are eligible for the Paycheck Protection Loans Program (PPP). For organizations with more than 500 employees, you may still be eligible to apply. Check here for Small Business Association (SBA) size requirements.
  • Read this US Chamber of Commerce handout for more information on the PPP and loan forgiveness.
  • The PPP program will be implemented through SBA-approved lenders toward the end of the week. We recommend you contact your banker now; funding is limited, so it is important to begin the process early.
  •  Local attorneys, like those at Stokes Lawrence Velikanje Moore & Shore are offering low or no-cost assistance to nonprofits.

 

Economic Injury Disaster Loan

  • Most 501(c), (d) and (e) organizations*** are eligible for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program which has no employee limit for eligibility.
  • You cannot use the loan proceeds for the EIDL program for the same purpose as the PPP, however, so a portion may be refinanced into a PPP loan.
  • Apply for EIDL funding now through the SBA website: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/

 

Employee Retention Credit

  • If you do not participate in the PPP the Employee Retention Credit may cover you. The ERC is a payroll credit for organizations required to close due to COVID-19 and that have experienced a 50% decrease in gross receipts.
  • The maximum credit is $5,000 per employee (for entities with fewer than 100 employees).

 

Payroll Deferral for Employer Payroll Taxes

  • Payroll Deferral for Employer Payroll taxes postpones the employer portion of social security taxes (6.2%) for 2020. These funds will then be paid on 12/31/2021 (50%) and 12/31/2022 (50%).
  • The deferral applies only to organizations that do not participate in loan forgiveness under the PPP and there are rules about how the deferral applies to payroll credits under FFRCA.

 

TIPS FOR NONPROFITS

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) expanded the Family Medical Leave Act, paid leave, and related employer tax credits.

  • The FFCRA requires most employers to provide up to two weeks of paid leave for eligible employees that need time off for COVID-19 issues.
  • The DOL’s website has a thorough summary of rules and resources for employees and employers and the temporary regulations that have been issued.
  • Visit the IRS site for useful FAQs to help determine the refundable tax credit employers may expect when paying new, mandated sick leave. Employers may adjust future Form 941 filings or claim an expedited refund by filing Form 7200.

*Organizations are not eligible if they are a “governmental entity” or are affiliates of a “governmental entity”. 

**See the following guidance for calculating the number of employees.

***The CARES Act adds additional organizations to include 501(c), (d), and (e) organizations and includes special rules for organizations primarily engaged in political or lobbying activities, and certain religious organizations (see the Small Business Guide for more info).

 

Please visit these sites for additional guidance and summaries:

The US Senate’s Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

US Treasury’s SBA Resources

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