CARES Act Funding for Nonprofits and Community Organizations

Applications for Round 2 Closed

The application window for Round 2 of Manatee CARES Act funding for nonprofit agencies is now temporarily closed. Manatee County will announce any reopening of the application window at a later date.

Funding Information

Who is eligible to apply?

Nonprofits and other community organizations (such as medical, mental health and substance abuse providers) are eligible to apply. Hospitals will be eligible in the second round of funding.

Eligible organizations must:

  • Have an office physically located in Manatee County or an adjacent county
  • Have evidence that the organization serves Manatee County residents
  • Have evidence of local needs specific to COVID-19 impacts
  • Be operating and registered with the State of Florida as a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6)
  • If a nonprofit has received SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or any other source of CARES funds, including from another County for Manatee County based employees and services, they must disclose how much was allocated to them and what the funds were expended on
  • NOTE: Organizations that are home based are eligible to apply this round. 

The nonprofit must attest that their organization shall not replace or supplant existing funding and that they understand Federal law prohibits organizations from replacing State, Local or agency funds with Federal funds. Existing funds for a project and its activities may not be displaced by Federal funds and reallocated for other organizational expenses.

What is funding available for?

There are three types of funding available: Community Health & Wellbeing (PPE and CDC Compliance), Community Health & Wellbeing Programs and Services, and Economic Recovery Programs and Services. Organizations can apply for funding in any or all of these areas.

Funding can only be used for expenses incurred from August 3 - December 30, 2020.

Program One: Community Health & Wellbeing (PPE and CDC Compliance)

This category can be utilized to assist Manatee County nonprofits recover from the COVID-19 pandemic by providing a one-time grant for $5,000 for:

  • Costs for PPE (face masks, respirators, gloves, face shields, eye protection, gowns, hand sanitizer with alcohol content greater than 60%, disinfecting products identified on US EPA’s website)
  • Reconfiguration for social distancing (glass partitions, etc.)
  • Other equipment to comply with CDC guidelines
No repayment is required. Funds can only be used for PPE listed above. Nonprofit must sign an attestation stating such on the application.

Program Two: Community Health & Wellbeing Programs and Services

This category can be utilized by eligible entities to apply to expand a program or create new programs based on need for services such as:

  • COVID-19 testing, antibodies testing and contact tracing
  • Design, translation and promotion of COVID-19 communications for diverse communities
  • Training for non-profits, business organizations and community service providers to ensure effective COVID-19 disinfecting and sanitizing practices
  • PPE kits for community service providers and non-profits
  • Disinfecting / sanitizing public areas
  • Facilitating online learning including technology
  • Other related programs/services

Note: The funding level for these programs will be at the discretion of the County and based on availability of funds and community need.

Program Three: Economic Recovery Programs and Service

This category can be utilized by eligible entities to apply to expand a program or create new programs based on need for services such as: 

  • Payment of delinquent rent or mortgage and utilities to avoid foreclosure or eviction
  • Food distribution that reaches citizens of Manatee County
  • Temporary payments for childcare or camps to assist parents returning to work
  • Programs to meet social, medical, and educational needs resulting from COVID-19

Note: The Community Health and Wellbeing application will be used to apply for these services.

What documentation is required?

During the application process, you will be required to upload the following to the online portal:

  • Completed IRS form W-9
  • Executed agreement with Manatee County
  • Proof of 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) status
  • Proof of nonprofit's location in Manatee County (such as lease or property tax information)
  • Documentation of any other CARES funding received and explanation of what those funds have been used for

The County reserves the right to monitor, inspect or request additional information for approved programs.