MontcoStrong 2021 Non-Profit Resiliency Grant Program

Introduction

To provide non-profit entities with financial support so they are resilient as employers and stakeholders in our communities due to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic as well as to ensure these organizations are able to be active participants in the restoration of the wellbeing & livelihood of our residents, businesses, and communities, the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners is making available resources for the MontcoStrong 2021 Non-Profit Resiliency Grant Program.

Up to $5,000,000 in funding is being made available for this program to help provide operational support for eligible applicants.  The program is being administered by the Montgomery County Commerce Department through the Redevelopment Authority of Montgomery County.  The application window for will open at Noon on Monday, July 19, 2021 and close at Noon on Tuesday, August 10, 2021.

Program Information

Organizations interested in applying should read the Program Guidelines and the Program FAQ.

There are several differences from the last MontcoStrong grant program for non-profits.  The most notably are the types of organizations that are eligible, the eligible use of funds, and amount of grant dollars an organization can apply for (this requires a formulaic calculation as described in the guidelines).  Organizations interested in applying should thoroughly review the guidelines and FAQ before doing so.  

Eligible Entities

A full description of the eligibility criteria can be found in the Program Guidelines.  Eligible applicants must be one of the following:

-    501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) entity with a stated mission and engaged in work focused on one or more of the following:

o    Food, Health, and/or Housing Insecurity Services

o    Childcare/Educational Services

o    Mental Health and Wellness Services

o    Elder and/or Vulnerable Population Services

o    Environmental Stewardship

o    Arts & Cultural Enrichment

o    Community, Economic, and/or Workforce Development Services and Support

-    501(c)(6) entity identifying as a Chamber of Commerce

-    501(c)(19) entity providing support to veterans in Montgomery County

Eligible Use of Grant Funds

A full description of the eligible and ineligible use of funds can be found the Program Guidelines.  Eligible use of grant funds includes – 

-    Accounts payable including utilities, vendors, suppliers, and other eligible non-payroll expenses paid or to be paid between January 1st, 2021 to October 31st, 2021.  This includes payments to insurance providers such as health insurance for employees.

-    Rent/mortgage payments on the entity’s primary offices/facilities in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania paid or to be paid between January 1st, 2021 to October 31st, 2021.

-    PPE or other justifiable equipment necessary to operate safely due to the COVID-19 global pandemic or as part of the recovery & renewal period purchased or to be purchased between January 1st, 2021 to October 31st, 2021.

-    Pay for employees, in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania paid or to be paid between January 1st, 2021 to October 31st, 2021.

Application Process

Before applying, please make sure you have reviewed the Program Guidelines, Program FAQ, and the Application Preview.  Also, have all of the required documentation ready for submission before you begin the online application.

Once you have reviewed all three program documents and have your documentation ready, you can complete and submit the online application HERE.

Applications will be accepted online until Noon on Tuesday, August 10, 2021.  This is not a first come, first served program.

Please note that submission of an application is not a guarantee of funding.  Furthermore, appeals on grant decisions are not accepted and feedback on specific grant applications are not provided.  By submitting an application, an applicant acknowledge and accepts these conditions.

Application Documentation

Applicants must submit the following per the instructions in the online application.

-    W-9 form (a template W-9 can be found here).

-    2019 or 2020 signed and filed Form 990 or 990 Exemption (if applicable).

o  If you provide documents that require a password, please include the password in the organization description narrative and in the file name.

-    Proof of IRS 501c status.

Program Questions

Questions regarding program eligibility, allowable use of grant funds, and the program application process can be submitted in writing using the Commerce Department’s online assistance form, found here.  

Please note that submission of an application is not a guarantee of funding.  Furthermore, appeals on grant decisions are not accepted and feedback on specific grant applications are not provided.  By submitting an application, an applicant acknowledge and accepts these conditions.