The Green Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with business and community leaders, has established the COVID-19 Community Support Fund to help those in the City of Green impacted by Coronavirus. The COVID-19 Community Support Fund will be used to address both the immediate and long-term needs of the City of Green’s most vulnerable who are or will be impacted by the Coronavirus.
To Contribute to the COVID-19 Community Support Fund
Administration of the COVID-19 Community Support Fund
The COVID-19 Community Support Fund is to be held and administered by the Green Area Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with an Advisory Committee appointed by the Chamber. The Advisory Committee shall include at least seven business and community leaders who work or reside in the City of Green and whose experience and background would assist in the administration of the Fund. The Mayor of the City of Green shall be a nonvoting Ex Officio member of the Committee. The Advisory Committee shall establish, and amend as needed, the procedures and criteria which shall govern the application, selection, and grant administration process.
The initial grant criteria utilized by the Green Area Chamber of Commerce to consider grant requests and to qualify an entity to receive distributions from the Fund shall be as follows:
- • Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations with programs serving vulnerable populations in the City of Green through the provision of basic needs (i.e. food, housing, living expenses, transportation costs, etc.), preferably those serving individuals experiencing job layoffs and/or unemployment as a result of COVID-19. This is currently the Fund’s highest priority. We expect the needs generated by this pandemic will exceed the available funds. For purposes of these Funding Guidelines, “nonprofit organizations” mean not-for-profit Organizations, Schools (including institutions of higher learning), secular activities of faith-based organizations, and charitable programs of government organizations, municipalities, and other governmental agencies or units.Grant recipients are not required to be located within the City of Green but are required to spend grant funds on programs that are located within the City.
- Grant recipients are not required to be located within the City of Green but are required to spend grant funds on programs that are located within the City.
- Distributions from the Fund can be used to assist nonprofit organizations experiencing staffing and/or volunteer gaps due to quarantines and physical distancing
- Distributions from the Fund can be used to assist nonprofit organizations cover the costs incurred for travel changes and other pandemic-related cancellations
- Distributions from the Fund can be used to assist in funding programming to address related mental health impacts
- Distributions from the Fund can be used to assist nonprofit organizations with financial planning and resilience
Grants are expected to range between $1,000 to $5,000 and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis by the Advisory Committee.
Grants from the Fund will not be made directly to individuals. However, grants to nonprofit organizations and public charities that provide direct financial assistance to individuals can be awarded.
Grant requests will be reviewed by the Advisory Committee who shall approve or deny each application for a grant. Grant applications will be awarded as quickly as possible.
At least monthly, the Green Area Chamber of Commerce shall report all grants made and grant requests received during the previous month to the Advisory Committee, along with a financial summary of the COVID-19 Community Support Fund.
The City of Green and Green Area Chamber of Commerce also encourage all nonprofits to consider applying for financial support offered through the CARES Act’s Payment Protection Program. To learn more, visit www.councilofnonprofits.org.
Organizations may apply for more than one grant during the calendar year as needs arise. This fund is intended to be responsive to the ongoing needs of the community.
Grants cannot be used to support the following activities:
- Although churches are encouraged to apply, grants cannot be used for activities that are non-secular or promote a religious doctrine
- Academic or medical research
- Funding to schools and public agencies that would supplant tax-supported, mandated services
- Annual fundraising campaigns or events
- Creation of, or addition to, endowment funds
- Payment of debt or legal settlements
- Political or partisan purposes
Awards from the Fund shall not be used to support organizations that discriminate in their employment practices, volunteer opportunities, or delivery of programs and services on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristics protected by law.
Submitting a Grant Proposal
COVID-19 Relief Fund grant applications can be submitted at any time while funds are available. Grantmaking decisions will typically be made within two weeks of receipt of the proposal.
Organizations that are awarded a COVID-19 Relief Fund grant are encouraged to stay in close contact with the Green Area Chamber of Commerce on the progress of their efforts and emerging needs and are expected to notify the Chamber when the grant funds have been distributed by the organizations according to the grant application.
Send the Application to the following email address:
For questions regarding COVID-19 Relief Fund grants, please email [email protected].
Please visit www.GreenAreaChamber.org/COVID-19 for the grant application, instructions and all materials needed to submit a proposal.