Today, Greenville County announced a second round of funding for nonprofits in Greenville County. Nicole Wood and Meredith Papapieris with Greenville County joined a special meeting of Greenville Partnership for Philanthropy and the NonProfit Alliance to share details (slide deck for presentation).
This new round is open through December 18th for expenses from March 27 – December 30, 2020. This means it can be used for reimbursement of expenses already incurred as well as things anticipated between now and December 30th as documented by a bid or proposal, for instance.
Funding is available based on employee number (includes full & part time): organizations with 1-5 employees can receive up to $5,000, 6-20 employees can receive up to $10,000, and entities with more than 21 employees are eligible for up to $25,000.
Eligible expenses are those that were unbudgeted prior to March 27th of this year, such as PPE, equipment to help with COVID-era operations (e.g. zoom subscriptions, touchless technology, sanitizing equipment), supplies, processes/procedure changes, and building modifications. Rent/mortgage payments and utilities are also eligible (even though these were budgeted), which can be a big help. Funds may not be used for lost revenue, working capital, or payroll/payroll related expenses.
One hundred nonprofits applied to the first round, which opened in July and which still has funds available. All nonprofits that were previously funded are eligible for this new round (although not for the same expenses that were covered the first time), and any nonprofit that has not yet applied for the first round is eligible for both. Meredith and Nicole strongly encouraged everyone to take advantage of both opportunities to the extent they are eligible.
They pointed out a few differences between round one and round two. Round two adds environmental and recreational organizations to those eligible. It also expands organizational size; previously, there was a cap on 50 employees, but now employee size doesn’t matter. Any entity with more than 21 employees can receive a maximum of $25,000.
They acknowledged that some nonprofits will be waiting to apply until after they receive notification of their SC CARES funding since that funding would potentially eliminate the need for Greenville County funding.
Nicole and Meredith also reported on the public and community health grants program, which has funded $23 million in local efforts this year, from child care to PTA grants to building modifications at arts organizations. These grants are also still available.
Both encouraged nonprofits to reach out to them with questions at CARES@greenvillecounty.org. We thank them for their work to support nonprofits, and we encourage you to submit as soon as possible. Click here to apply.