ARPA Round Two Applications Due October 3, 2022

Application Instructions

You may log on to the Grant Application Portal to submit your application by clicking on the Apply Now button located in the top right-hand corner of this page.

Please make a note of your password as you will need it to re-enter the portal .

Filling in the Application:

 Your form will automatically save your entries as you move through the application. You may return to your application to add information as often as you like before submitting your application.

  • For narrative answers, we suggest using a Word document to save your answers, and then cut-and-paste your text into the application.
  • Do not use formatting like bullets, bold, or highlights, as they will not translate to the application.
  • Answer all questions and upload the required documents or the system will not allow you to submit your application.
  • When you successfully submit your application, you will receive an e-mail acknowledgement and a copy of your application. Contact the Trust office if you do not receive the email.
 
 
 Documents that you will need to upload into your application:
 
  • IRS Letter of Determination
  • FY2022 Profit & Loss Statement* 
  • FY2023 Operating Budget*
  • Most Recent 990 or 990-EZ OR
    • If you are not required to submit either of these documents, submit your most recent financial audit report. If you are not required to have an audit conducted and do not have an audit report, please upload your FY2021 Profit and Loss Statement signed by an authorized person in your organization.
 

Grant awards may only be used to serve Charles County residents.

* For local chapters/offices of regional or national organizations, submit local financials for Charles County  only.
Please call the Charitable Trust office if this poses a problem for your organization.

 

Grant Request Information:

All requests must respond to COVID-19 or the negative economic impact of the pandemic.

You may request funding for any or all categories of funding below, totaling no more than $25,000. The parameters the federal government has set for eligible funding is broad. If there is something that you would like to fund that is not listed below, please call the Charitable Trust office.

CATEGORY A:

Net Revenue Loss during the period March 3, 2021 up to January 31, 2023 that was not covered by other revenue sources.

  • You will be asked to Upload up to 3 financial documents that provide evidence of net revenue loss, which may include the 12-month period ending December 31, 2020. The reasons for projected revenue loss between the period October 3, 2022 and January 31, 2023 must be fully explained in detail.
 

CATEGORY B:

Expenses directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic between March 3, 2021-December 3, 2023.

While the list of eligible services the Treasury Department has identified is not exhaustive, it added additional services to the list of eligible uses. The final rule underscores that the intent of these funds is to serve populations and groups that were/are impacted or disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

PREMIUM PAY only may be reimbursed retroactively to March 1, 2020.

Important Note:  If you apply for funds in CATEGORY A, do not include those expenses in this Category B if they are already accounted for in your CATEGORY A request.

Eligible uses of funds for CATEGORY B  include but are not limited to:

COVID-19 Responses, Mitigation & Prevention Activities

a. Covid-19 Mitigation & Prevention

  • Vaccination programs, medical care, testing, contact tracing support for isolation or quarantine
  • Supports for vulnerable populations to access medical or public health services
  • Enhancement to health care capacity
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Mitigation or other services in congregate living facilities (e.g., nursing homes, homeless shelters, group living facilities), including ventilation improvements
  • Physical plant changes to enable social distancing, enhanced cleaning efforts, barriers or partitions, or vaccination, testing or contact tracing programs
 

b. Assistance to Households

  • Food assistance
  • Cash assistance
  • Assistance for burials
  • Home repairs
  • Weatherization
  • Internet access or digital literacy assistance
  • Job training to address negative economic impact due to a worker’s occupation or level of training
  • Unreimbursed expenses for medical care for COVID-19 testing or treatment
 

Eligible households are those that experienced economic harm as a result of the pandemic, such as from unemployment or increased food or housing insecurity and/or is low- or moderate-income. Assistance for rent, mortgage and utility assistance is not eligible at this time because another county grant program is covering these costs, including counseling and legal aid to prevent eviction and homelessness.

 

c. Educational Disparities Exacerbated by COVID-19

Targeted especially to disadvantaged students

  • Early Learning Services, including childcare facilities
  • Home visiting programs for families with young children
  • Programs that address learning loss and keep students actively engaged, such as tutoring and after school programs
  • Supports for students with social, emotional and mental health needs
  • Summer camps and recreation for children in low-income and high-risk households
  • Foster youth services
 

d. Mental Health Services and Substance Abuse Disorder Services

Targeted especially to disadvantaged individuals, including those experiencing trauma by the pandemic, such as:

  • Mental health and substance use disorder programs that deliver evidence-based psychotherapy
  • Crisis support services
  • Medications for opioid use disorder and/or recovery support
  • Hotline services
 

e. Organizational Workforce Assistance for Nonprofits

  • Payroll and covered benefit expenses for health and human service employees who spend more than half their paid time dedicated to and responding to the pandemic. Records must be maintained to support assessment of employee eligibility, such as payroll records, statement of work performed from supervisors or staff, or regular work product or correspondence demonstrating work on the COVID-19 response. Grantees do not need to routinely track staff hours.
  • Premium pay only may be provided retroactively and retrospectively for work performed at any time since the start of the pandemic (March 1, 2020). Premium pay must be in addition to wages already received by employees and the obligation to provide the Premium Pay must not have been incurred prior to March 3, 2021.Essential workers, who have put their physical well-being at risk, are eligible for premium pay and include those who regularly perform in-person work, interact with others at work or physically handle items by others. They include, among others, workers in healthcare, education, childcare, transportation, and food preparation and distribution. ARPA funds should be prioritized to compensate those of lower income that perform essential work. U.S. Treasury Department guidelines define Premium Pay to mean an amount up to $13 per hour in addition to wages or fees workers otherwise receives and an aggregate amount not to exceed $25,000 per eligible worker. Essential workers, who have already earned premium pay during the pandemic, remain eligible for additional payments.
  • Back-to-Work incentives may be used to provide assistance to unemployed workers to accelerate rehiring of workforce, including job training, childcare assistance, transportation to and from jobsite interviews, and incentives for newly-employed workers.
 

f. Assistance to Unemployed Workers

Especially targeted to disadvantaged individuals

  • Subsidized jobs, including summer employment for young people.
  • Programs that provide paid training and/or work experience targeted primarily to formerly incarcerated individuals
  • Programs that provide workforce readiness training, apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship opportunities, skills development, placement services, and/or coaching and mentoring; and
  • Associated wraparound services, including food, housing and health care.
 

g. Technical Assistance

  • Technical assistance, counseling, or other services to assist with nonprofit organizational planning needs

h. Preventing and responding to violence  

  •  Referrals to trauma recovery services for victims of crime
  • Violence intervention services, including wrap-around services 
 

i. Homelessness

  • Emergency programs and services for homeless individuals, including temporary residences

j. Capital Expenditures

  • Eligible expenses are those that respond to the pandemic’s public health and economic impact and are designed to benefit impacted populations.

 

Government Restrictions Notice:

If equipment is purchased, it must be tagged and inventoried.