The City of Gainesville ARPA Aid to Nonprofits Program is closed.

To ensure qualified nonprofit agencies impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic receive the support they need to continue serving local residents, the City of Gainesville has partnered with Community Foundation of North Central Florida to administer $7 million of the American Rescue Plan Act dollars the City Commission allocated to nonprofits.

The purpose of the funding is to provide financial support to nonprofit agencies serving residents in the City of Gainesville who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and that are actively providing critical services to citizens living in the city.

Such eligible nonprofit agencies and services defined further below, are intended to address the health and safety of citizens impacted by COVID-19 to include vulnerable populations. The program will provide financial awards to such nonprofit agencies to help them respond to existing and emerging needs resulting from COVID-19 impacts, COVID-19 related mandates, and increased COVID-19 safety and health standards to help them continue their critical work in our communities. There is no minimum revenue amount required to be considered for financial assistance under this program.

Nonprofit financial awards can only be used to cover COVID-19 response expenses that have been, or will be incurred since March 3, 2021.

Approved agencies will receive, a one-time financial assistance award based on the following eligibility.

To qualify, a nonprofit agency must meet all the criteria below:

Eligible Entity Applicant:

  • Must be a public, tax-exempt organization as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Must have been incorporated as a nonprofit prior to January 1, 2020.
  • Must be physically or principally located in Alachua County.
  • Provide services to City of Gainesville residents.
  • Is in good standing and up to date with required filings with the State of Florida and the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Must be a verified organization in The Philanthropy Hub.

Ineligible Entity Applicant

  • For profit business.
  • Private foundations or any charitable organization not qualified under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Any applicant with past due tax liabilities or tax liens or currently in bankruptcy.

Entity Applicant Documentation

  • Entity Applicants will submit financial documentation that may include but not be limited to audits, P&L statements, and balance sheets for the past two (2) years. They will be required to detail the financial impact of COVID-19 on their financial position and the plans for use of the grant funds. Applicant should include the economic impact of COVID-19 on the organization, the clientele they serve, and any changes necessary in how services are provided.


  • This grant can ONLY fund expenses incurred between March 3, 2021 and December 31, 2024. Please do not include expenses out of that time frame in your budget.
  • Must be only for COVID-19 related projects or items. Taxes or other payments to governmental entities are not eligible for assistance.
  • Expenses that have been reimbursed through another grant or relief program (including PPP) are not eligible for funding.
  • The allocation of funds for the Program are intended to benefit only nonprofit organizations providing services in the City of Gainesville and shall be separate from any similar program for individuals or any other type of entity.
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