Ramsey County Resiliency Fund Guidelines: Health and Well-Being

The Ramsey County Resiliency Fund: Health and Well-Being will provide emergency assistance grants up to $50,000 to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that provide health and well-being services in Ramsey County that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Grants will be awarded based on demonstration of economic injury (through either decreased revenue and/or increased costs) from COVID-19 and eligible expenses incurred April 1 through September 30, 2020. Organizations must use funds for eligible expenses such as rent payments, mortgage payments, utilities, payments to suppliers, payroll, and operational costs related to reopening including PPE and HVAC/building modifications. Providing this support will increase the capacity of health and well-being 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to survive the current crisis and continue to provide critical assistance to Ramsey County residents.


The Resiliency Fund will be administered by SPEDCO, a nonprofit economic development organization with over 30 years of experience lending to small businesses in Minnesota and Wisconsin. SPEDCO has also operated a grant program for economic and workforce development organizations in the same service area for over a decade. SPEDCO is currently working with the cities of White Bear Lake and Saint Paul to administer CARES Act funding.


Terms

  • Up to $50,000 grant based on economic injury from COVID-19 and eligible expenses incurred April 1 through September 30, 2020.
  • Organizations must use funds for eligible expenses such as rent payments, mortgage payments, utilities, payments to suppliers, payroll, and operational costs related to reopening including PPE and HVAC/building modifications.
  • Organizations must have experienced decreased revenue and/or increased costs due to COVID-19.
  • If an organization has received any federal CARES Act funding, a PPP loan, Ramsey County CARES funding, or CARES Act funding administered by another municipal government, and/or an SBA EIDL loan, the Ramsey County Resiliency Fund: Health and Well-Being funds can only be used to cover specific expenses that were not covered by any of these programs.


Eligible Organizations

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered eligible for a grant:

1.  Provide social services that include: services focusing on self-care, self-healing and/or stress resiliency including those with a culturally       specific focus; or, supports to children, youth and families such as mental health, wellness, or healing justice to communities who have been disproportionally impacted by COVID-19.

2.  Have revenues of less than $5 million on their most recent IRS Form 990.

3.  Meet one of the following:

  • Have a physical location in Ramsey County;
  • Have at least 40% of their clients in 2019 residing in Ramsey County;

4.  Must be a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Corporation in Good Standing with the Minnesota Secretary of State.

5.  Provide evidence of revenue loss and/or increased costs due to COVID-19 for the second and third quarters of 2020 (April 1 through September 30, 2020) in comparison to the second and third quarters of 2019 (April 1 through September 30, 2019).”

6.  Have been in existence since April 1, 2019 or earlier.

 

Eligible Expenses

The following expenses are eligible when incurred between April 1 and September 30, 2020

  • rent or mortgage payments,
  • utilities,
  • payments to suppliers,
  • payroll, and
  • operational costs related to reopening including PPE and HVAC/building modifications.


Note: In no case will grant award exceed eligible expenses. In no case will grant award exceed revenue loss or increased expenses due to COVID-19.


Application Process

  • Application Forms will be accepted beginning November 16 through November 30, 2020 at noon.
  • Technical assistance on the application can be accessed by contracting SPEDCO: Jonathan Sage-Martinson at 651-379-9231 or jonathan.sagemartinson@spedco.com or Paul Draper at 651-379-9223 or paul.draper@spedco.com
  • If grant requests exceed the funding available, the program administrator will select grant recipients using a random selection process.
  • As part of their application, organizations will be required to submit the following:

          o 2019 IRS Form 990. If the organization’s 2019 IRS Form 990 is not yet available, the 2018 IRS Form 990 may be substituted.

          o Evidence of revenue loss and/or increased costs related to the COVID-19 emergency. Organizations should submit their           financial statements for second and third quarters of 2020 (April 1 through September 30, 2020) and second and third quarters of 2019 (April 1 through September 30, 2019).

          o Budget of eligible expenses, including any expenses covered by other CARES Act funding.

          o Proof of health and well-being programming (examples include: annual report, calendar of events, list of programs or services, list of participants, etc)

          o Proof of percentage of clients that reside in Ramsey County, if applicable

          o Current IRS Form W-9

  • The program administrator will notify approved applicants by email on or before December 18, 2020.
  • Awardees will be required to sign and return a grant agreement prior to receiving any grant award.
  • The program administrator may require additional documentation or information to determine eligibility, generate grant documents, disburse grant proceeds, or meet program reporting requirements.
  • Failure to submit required documentation will result in forfeiture of grant award.


Note: The Ramsey County Board reserves the right to revise these guidelines as needed to best address the impact of the current pandemic. In the event of insufficient funds, the County reserves the right to reduce grant amounts or run a lottery to allocate funds.

Ramsey County Resiliency Fund Guidelines: Food Security

The Ramsey County Resiliency Fund: Food Security will provide emergency assistance grants up to $50,000 to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with a focus on food security in Ramsey County that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Grants will be awarded based on demonstration of economic injury (through either decreased revenue and/or increased costs) from COVID-19 and eligible expenses incurred April 1 through September 30, 2020. Organizations must use funds for eligible expenses such as rent payments, mortgage payments, utilities, payments to suppliers, payroll, and operational costs related to reopening including PPE and HVAC/building modifications. Providing this support will increase the capacity of food security 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to survive the current crisis and continue to provide critical assistance to Ramsey County residents.


The Resiliency Fund will be administered by SPEDCO, a nonprofit economic development organization with over 30 years of experience lending to small businesses in Minnesota and Wisconsin. SPEDCO has also operated a grant program for economic and workforce development organizations in the same service area for over a decade. SPEDCO is currently working with the cities of White Bear Lake and Saint Paul to administer CARES Act funding.


Terms

  • Up to $50,000 grant based on economic injury from COVID-19 and eligible expenses incurred April 1 through September 30, 2020.
  • Organizations must use funds for eligible expenses such as rent payments, mortgage payments, utilities, payments to suppliers, payroll, and operational costs related to reopening including PPE and HVAC/building modifications.
  • Organizations must have experienced decreased revenue and/or increased costs due to COVID-19.
  • If an organization has received any federal CARES Act funding, a PPP loan, Ramsey County CARES funding or CARES Act funding administered by another municipal government, and/or an SBA EIDL loan, the Ramsey County Resiliency Fund: Food Security funds can only be used to cover specific expenses that were not covered by any of these programs.
  • If an organization has received CARES Act relief funding (including PPP loan or SBA EIDL Advance Grant) they must demonstrate a loss of revenue or increase in expenses greater than the relief funding to be eligible for a grant.


Eligible Organizations

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered eligible for a grant:

1.  Provide food and basic needs such as: food shelf, food bank, and/or distributes or delivers food and/or basic needs (e.g. cleaning supplies, hygiene products) to Ramsey County residents.

2.  Meet one of the following:

  • Have a physical location in Ramsey County;
  • Have at least 40% of their clients in 2019 residing in Ramsey County; or,
  • Provide food and basic needs services through CARES Act Funding from Ramsey County in 2020.

3.  Must be a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Corporation in Good Standing with the Minnesota Secretary of State.

4.  Provide evidence of revenue loss and/or increased costs due to COVID-19 for the second and third quarters of 2020 (April 1 through September 30, 2020) in comparison to the second and third quarters of 2019 (April 1 through September 30, 2019).

5.  Have been in existence since April 1, 2019 or earlier.


Eligible Expenses

The following expenses are eligible when incurred between April 1 and September 30, 2020

  • rent or mortgage payments,
  • utilities,
  • payments to suppliers,
  • payroll, and
  • operational costs related to reopening including PPE and HVAC/building modifications.

Note: In no case will grant award exceed eligible expenses. In no case will grant award exceed revenue loss or increased expenses due to COVID-19.


Application Process

  • Application Forms will be accepted beginning November 16 through November 30, 2020 at noon.
  • Technical assistance on the application can be accessed by contacting SPEDCO: Jonathan Sage-Martinson at 651-379-9231 or jonathan.sagemartinson@spedco.com or Paul Draper at 651-379-9223 or paul.draper@spedco.com.
  • If grant requests exceed the funding available, the program administrator, will select grant recipients using a random selection process.
  • As part of their application, organizations will be required to submit the following:

          o 2019 IRS Form 990. Organizations that have not yet completed a 2019 IRS Form 990 may submit their 2018 IRS Form 990.

          o Evidence of revenue loss and/or increased costs related to the COVID-19 emergency. Organizations should submit their      financial statements for second and third quarters of 2020 (April 1 through September 30, 2020) and second and third quarters of 2019 (April 1 through September 30, 2019).

          o Budget of eligible expenses, including any expenses covered by other CARES Act funding.

          o Proof of food security programming (examples include: annual report, calendar of events, list of programs or services, list of participants, etc)

          o Proof of percentage of clients that reside in Ramsey County, if applicable

           o Current IRS Form W-9

  • The program administrator will notify approved applicants by email on or before December 18, 2020.
  • Awardees will be required to sign and return a grant agreement prior to receiving any grant award.
  • The program administrator may require additional documentation or information to determine eligibility, generate grant documents, disburse grant proceeds, or meet program reporting requirements.
  • Failure to submit required documentation will result in forfeiture of grant award.


Note: The Ramsey County Board reserves the right to revise these guidelines as needed to best address the impact of the current pandemic. In the event of insufficient funds, the County reserves the right to reduce grant amounts or run a lottery to allocate funds.


Ramsey County Resiliency Fund Guidelines: Workforce

The Ramsey County Resiliency Fund: Workforce will provide emergency assistance grants up to $10,000 to nonprofit organizations with a focus on workforce development in Ramsey County that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grants will be awarded based on demonstration of economic injury (through either decreased revenue and/or increased costs) from COVID-19 and eligible expenses incurred April 1 through September 30, 2020. Organizations must use funds for eligible expenses such as rent payments, mortgage payments, utilities, payments to suppliers, payroll, and operational costs related to reopening including PPE and HVAC/building modifications. Providing this support will increase the capacity of workforce development nonprofit organizations to survive the current crisis and continue to provide critical assistance to job seekers.

The Resiliency Fund will be administered by SPEDCO, a nonprofit economic development organization with over 30 years of experience lending to small businesses in Minnesota and Wisconsin. SPEDCO has also operated a grant program for economic and workforce development organizations in the same service area for over a decade. SPEDCO is currently working with the cities of White Bear Lake and Saint Paul to administer CARES Act funding.


Terms

  • Up to $10,000 grant based on economic injury from COVID-19 and eligible expenses incurred April 1 through September 30, 2020.
  • Organizations must use funds for eligible expenses such as rent payments, mortgage payments, utilities, payments to suppliers, payroll, and operational costs related to reopening including PPE and HVAC/building modifications.
  • Nonprofits must have experienced decreased revenue and/or increased costs due to COVID-19.
  • If a nonprofit organization has received any federal CARES Act funding, a PPP loan, Ramsey County CARES funding, and/or an SBA EIDL loan, the Ramsey County Resiliency Fund: Workforce funds can only be used to cover specific expenses that were not covered by any of these programs.


Eligible Organizations

Organizations providing workforce development services through CARES Act Funding from Ramsey County in 2020 that provide evidence of revenue loss and/or increased cost due to COVID-19 in the second and third quarters of 2020 (April 1 through September 30, 2020) in comparison to the second and third quarters of 2019 (April 1 through September 30, 2019).

OR

Organizations who met all of the following criteria as of April 1, 2020:

  • Provide workforce programming such as: job search and employment readiness, career exploration, career pathways, educational attainment, financial and digital literacy, and other ancillary workforce needs.
  • Have a physical location in Ramsey County or had at least 40% of their clients in 2019 residing in Ramsey County.
  • Must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Good Standing with the Minnesota Secretary of State.
  • Provide evidence of revenue loss and/or increased cost due to COVID-19 in the second and third quarters of 2020 (April 1 through September 30, 2020) in comparison to the second and third quarters of 2019 (April 1 through September 30, 2019).


Eligible Expenses

The following expenses are eligible when incurred between April 1 and September 30, 2020

  • rent or mortgage payments,
  • utilities,
  • payments to suppliers,
  • payroll, and
  • operational costs related to reopening including PPE and HVAC/building modifications.

Note: In no case will grant award exceed eligible expenses. In no case will grant award exceed revenue loss or increased expenses due to COVID-19.


Application Process

Applications will be accepted beginning October 28 through November 10, 2020 at noon.

Technical assistance on the application can be accessed by contacting SPEDCO: Jonathan Sage-Martinson (651-379-9231; jonathan.sagemartinson@spedco.com) or Paul Draper (651-379-9223; paul.draper@spedco.com).

If grant requests exceed the funding available, the program administrator will select grant recipients using a random selection process.

As part of their application, applicants will be required to submit the following:

  • 2019 IRS Form 990. Organizations that have not yet completed a 2019 IRS Form 990 may submit their 2018 IRS Form 990.
  • Evidence of revenue loss and/or increased costs related to the COVID 19 emergency. Applicants should submit second and         third quarter financial statements for 2020 (April 1 through September 30, 2020) and for second and third quarters 2019 (April 1 through September 30, 2019).
  • Budget of eligible expenses, including any expenses covered by other CARES Act funding.
  • Proof of workforce programming (examples include: annual report, training or event flyers, calendar of events, list of programs, list of participants, etc.)
  • Proof of percentage of clients that reside in Ramsey County, if applicable
  • Current W-9

The program administrator will notify approved applicants by email on or before November 30, 2020.

Awardees will be required to sign and return a certification and grant agreement prior to receiving any grant award.

The program administrator may require additional documentation or information to determine eligibility, generate grant documents, disburse grant proceeds, or meet program reporting requirements.

Failure to submit required documentation will result in forfeiture of grant award.


Note: The Ramsey County Board reserves the right to revise these guidelines as needed to best address the impact of the current pandemic. In the event of insufficient funds, the County reserves the right to reduce grant amounts or run a lottery to allocate funds.

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