COVID-19 financial relief available for Cobb Not-for-Profits

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Financial relief is available for Cobb County Not-for-Profit organizations that have been hurt by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The county established the Not-for-Profit Small Organization Relief Grant program, which will be administered by SelectCobb.

The program was established to help 501(c)(3) organizations with up to 100 employees, and the money can be used for “various operational and overhead expenses,” according to a news release from Cobb County.

Funds for the grants come from part of the county’s money provided by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

According to the county’s news release:

These funds are intended to be used by communities to deal with the impacts of COVID-19. The Cobb County Board of Commissioners has allocated $2 million to be disbursed by SelectCobb to not-for-profit organizations impacted by the pandemic.

The SelectCobb website describes the eligibility requirements and tiers set up for the program as follows:

Grant Tiers & Eligible Uses

Funding will be available in five different tiers based upon the number of full-time W2 employees at the not-for-profit organization as of March 12, 2020. For the purposes of this grant, full-time is defined as 30+ hours/week or 120+ hours/month. Eligibility will be verified via the submitted payroll documentation and the 941 IRS Form, Employers Quarterly Federal Tax Return. The tiers are as follows:

  • 1 employee – up to $2,500
  • 2 to 5 employees – up to $10,000
  • 6 to 20 employees – up to $15,000
  • 21 to 50 employees – up to $20,000
  • 51 to 100 employees – up to $25,000

A detailed description of how the funds will be used must be included with each application submittal. Grant funds may be used for the following:

  • No less than 60% of the grant funds must be spent on personnel for rehiring and/or maintaining full time employees and
  • 40% of the grant funds may be used on other COVID-19 business related impacts and costs, including, but not limited to;
    • Rent/leases/equipment rental;
    • Utility payments;
    • Inventory purchases;
    • Marketing;
    • PPE and other supplies/costs to ensure employee and customer safety.

For more information on eligibility

For more information on eligibility and the application process visit this link on the SelectCobb website.

Webinars on the program by Mike Boyce and Lisa Cupid

Also on the SelectCobb website are these announcement about webinars to educate the public on how the program works:

Not-For-Profit Grants Webinar with Chairman Boyce
Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 9 a.m.

Join Cobb Commission Chairman Mike Boyce, 2020 Cobb Chamber Chairman John Loud, Cobb Chamber President & CEO Sharon Mason, and Cobb Chamber COO/SelectCobb Executive Director Dana Johnson to learn about the SelectCobb Not-For-Profit Grants program. This webinar is free and lasts an hour long.

REGISTER HERE

Not-For-Profit Grants Webinar with Commissioner Lisa Cupid
Friday, Sept. 4 at 10 a.m.

Join Cobb Commissioner Lisa Cupid, 2020 Cobb Chamber Chairman John Loud, Cobb Chamber President & CEO Sharon Mason, and Cobb Chamber COO/SelectCobb Executive Director Dana Johnson to learn about the SelectCobb Not-For-Profit Grants program. This webinar is free and lasts an hour long.

REGISTER HERE

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