Supervisor V. Manuel Perez encourages nonprofit organizations providing services and doing community improvement projects in the Coachella Valley, Blythe community, and the Idyllwild area to apply for funding from a new $14.5 million Riverside County grant program.
During the pandemic, the Riverside County Supervisors set aside $5 million in the first installment of coronavirus relief funds to support nonprofits with grants countywide. Last year, with the second round of coronavirus aid provided to support the county’s response efforts, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the Riverside County Board of Supervisors dedicated $15 million to the nonprofit sector, which will be distributed equally among the county’s five supervisorial districts.
The funding means that nearly $3 million will be available as grants to nonprofits in Supervisor Perez’s district that can be used to support the programs they provide to the community.
Nonprofits can apply for this funding at www.rivcononprofit.org. The deadline to apply is August 10.
“As a life-long resident of the Coachella Valley, I admire and appreciate the work that local nonprofits do to address community needs and fill the gaps in the economy and society,” said Supervisor Perez. “The county’s new grant program aims to help nonprofits assist families in need and our communities recover from the pandemic. I am very proud that we have included the nonprofit sector for financial support with these funds, as they work hard and step up every day to serve our communities.”
This new county program benefiting local nonprofits is called the Riverside County Nonprofit Assistance Fund. Riverside County is partnering with three grantmaking entities – the Inland Southern California United Way, the Inland Empire Community Foundation and the Regional Access Project Foundation – to administer the grants.
There are three categories nonprofits can seek funding under: direct financial support and assistance grants, programmatic grants, and technical assistance grants.
To qualify for funding, organizations must be a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(19). Preference will be given to nonprofit organizations that provide services addressing unemployment, increased food or housing insecurity, negative impacts on public health, negative impacts on mental health, criminal justice/public safety, disruptions in childcare and early learning centers, child welfare and foster care system, and educational disparities such as loss of instructional time and/or learning loss.
More details and guidelines for the three categories of assistance is available on the Web site, www.rivcononprofit.org.