CARES Act Nonprofit Relief Grants

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Announcing CARES Act Relief Grants For Nonprofits


The Licking County Nonprofit Relief Fund Grant Application is now closed for the first round of CARES Act funding consideration. Based on the results of these applications and remaining funding, a second round of applications may be accepted in the next two weeks. We encourage you to review the eligibility requirements outlined in our FAQ (see below), and submit a Contact Request Form if you determine your organization may qualify for funding and would like to be contacted by the Foundation staff.  The Contact Request Form is not the application for funding.

The Licking County Foundation (LCF) has partnered with the Licking County Board of Commissioners to distribute funds made available by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations battling through the current economic challenges directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic and state mandates. 

With an allocation from the County, Licking County Foundation will administer a grant program through the Licking County CARES Act Nonprofit Relief Fund to support nonprofit organizations that have lost or will lose revenue due to canceled events or programs as a result of COVID-19 public health emergency (between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020).  Priority will be given to organizations that have not previously received relief funding from other public or private sources.  Grants of up to $40,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations serving Licking County residents.

Distributions from the Licking County CARES Act Nonprofit Relief Fund will be made based on applications that are submitted at the request of the Licking County Foundation, reviewed and recommended by a six-member Grant Oversight Committee (consisting of LCF staff, board and community members), and approved by the Foundation’s Executive Committee.

Nonprofit organizations are asked to carefully review our FAQ document and video detailing an overview of the application process. If your organization meets the criteria outlined in the FAQ, we encourage you to submit a Contact Request Form here.   

Businesses and individuals are not eligible for this program.  However, grants may be made to nonprofit organizations that provide direct financial assistance to individuals.  The Licking County Chamber of Commerce is also offering a CARES Act grant program for small, for-profit business and nonprofit organizations that do not have a 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS.  Churches and other religious institutions will also be served through the Chamber's program. Visit the Chamber’s COVID-19 resource webpage here for more information.

If you believe you or your organization is not eligible for this grant program, please review the chart below for other community resouces that may be able to help. 

If You Are… Contact:
A small business (1-50 employees) seeking financial relief for COVID-related losses, OR a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(4), 501(c)(6) or other IRS designation that is not 501(c)(3), OR a church or other religious institution with or without 501(c)(3) Licking County Chamber of Commerce (740) 345-9757
A single adult or couple without minor children, senior age 60+, or family with minor children seeking financial assistance Licking County Job and Family Services (740) 670-8706 to apply
An individual or family (Licking County resident) seeking rent relief Licking County Coalition on Housing (740) 345-1970 x200 or
A dislocated worker due to the pandemic, looking for new skills or re-training C-TEC (Career and Technology Education Centers) (740) 403-0837 for EDGE Program
A Licking County agency serving those who are homeless or providing other social services, and needing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Licking County Emergency Management

The Licking County Foundation is grateful for the opportunity to assist in the distribution of critical relief funds to help the community recover from the current public health and related economic emergency resulting from the pandemic.

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