The New Brighton City Council has created a program to help nonprofit organizations with federal coronavirus relief funding.
In July, New Brighton received $1.7 million in CARES Act dollars to fund programs for people and businesses suffering from COVID-19 loss. Two grant programs were approved in August by the City Council — the Residential Assistance Program and the Business Assistance Program. Now, the funds will also be allocated to nonprofits.
City Manager Devin Massopust presented on the program in a council meeting on Oct. 13.
The council has been pushing for nonprofits to receive CARES Act funds because many have helped people in need since the pandemic hit. Although some nonprofits could apply for the business program funds, there was a need for more to get access.
“The City Council had an emphasis on getting these CARES dollars out into the community,” Massopust said.
There are 75 different organizations registered in the city of New Brighton that could potentially qualify and apply for the funds. In order for them to apply for money, they must have all of the qualifications:
- Be a registered nonprofit organization in the state.
- Currently serve the people of New Brighton.
- Been in operation since Sept. 1, 2019.
- Demonstrate financial loss due to COVID-19.
- Proof of eligible expenditures from March 1- Sept. 30.
“We plan to contact them through direct outreach in case they are in need of CARES dollars and qualify,” Massopust said.
City staff have already been reaching out to apartment complex owners, residents and business owners in order to distribute funds. There have been 50 total business applications and 11 residential applications since the first two programs were implemented in August. City staff plan to continue direct outreach in hopes of getting more applications for all three of the programs in the months ahead.
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