Where does the funding come from for the City of Gainesville ARPA Aid to Nonprofits Program

The funding for this program comes from $32 million in federal Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds awarded to the City of Gainesville as part of the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The City of Gainesville has contracted with the Community Foundation of North Central Florida to assist in administering the grant funding on behalf of the city, consistent with federal, state, and local requirements.


How does my organization apply for this funding? 

All applications will be processed through the Community Foundation of North Central Florida’s online grant portal. 

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How much will be awarded? 

The City of Gainesville has allocated $7 million for the City of Gainesville ARPA Aid to Nonprofits Program.


Who is eligible to apply? 

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

  • 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.
  • Must have incurred a necessary expenditure due to the COVID-19 health emergency or be directly impacted by a loss or reduction of income as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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.


What documents are needed to apply?

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.

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What is The Philanthropy Hub?

The Philanthropy Hub allows local nonprofits to tell their story at all levels, including programs, management, governance and finances as well as current needs. This platform will help you increase exposure, funding opportunities, productivity and transparency to communicate your impact and results to new audiences. Your profile must be verified by the Community Foundation to receive funding. Visit www.thephilanthropyhub.org to create a free profile. Email office@cfncf.org for questions regarding The Philanthropy Hub.


Is my organization eligible if we meet some, but not all, of the eligibility requirements?

No. You must meet ALL eligibility requirements to be eligible.


What if my organization was incorporated on or after January 1, 2020?

Your organization is not eligible.


How do I prove my organization is physically located in Alachua County?

If the address on your IRS Form 990 or audited financial statement does not match your physical Alachua County location, you will be asked to provide proof of your physical location.

Proof of Physical Location: Documentation verifying your nonprofit’s physical location within Alachua County. Acceptable documentation will include the name of your nonprofit organization and its Alachua County address. Examples include:

  • current property lease/deed,
  • recent utility bill (no older than two months),
  • recent bank or credit card statement, or
  • insurance policy or paid premium bill


If my organization has received federal relief funds, can we still apply?

Organizations can receive ARPA funding from multiple sources, but the funding cannot be duplicated. Requests for funding the City of Gainesville ARPA Aid to Nonprofits Program cannot include funding received through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loan emergency advance program (EIDL), or other CARES Act or ARPA-sourced funding.


How much is my organization eligible to apply for? 

Grant requests can be between $5,000 and $750,000. Requests should to be in line with organization’s capacity and need.


Is this a first-come-first-served program? 

No, priority will not be given to those who apply early. All applications received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, 2022, deadline will be considered equally. We encourage you to start early and make the most of our information sessions.


How do I receive assistance in completing my application? 

Email arpa@cfncf.org for any assistance or accommodations needed.

Join the Nonprofit Weekly Meetings. The virtual meetings are held via zoom at 9 a.m. every Friday until March 18. RSVP HERE for the weekly zoom calls.


How will I know if my organization’s application has been received by the Community Foundation? 

A confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with the organization’s account in the grant application portal. If an email confirmation is not received, organizations can check on the status of the application in the account application portal under the “All Submissions” menu. If you have additional concerns, please contact us at arpa@cfncf.org.


How much can applicants expect to receive? 

Award size will depend on the total requested by all applicants. It is expected that total requests will exceed the available funding.


What types of requests are not allowable under this grant program? 

Requests for the following will not be accepted:

  • Sponsorships, annual funds, galas, or other special-event fundraising activities
  • Conferences or events
  • Capital campaigns or new building construction (“bricks and mortar”)
  • Debt reduction
  • Endowment funds
  • Dissertations, theses, or student research
  • Sectarian religious activities, political lobbying, or legislative activities
  • Support to individuals including tuition, loans, fellowships, or grants
  • Strategic planning or community research


Who will decide which organizations receive funding? 

Staff members at the Community Foundation will conduct a preliminary review to make sure the application is complete, aligns with the grant program.

GSG, a consultant of the City of Gainesville will be verifying eligible expenses.

An Evaluation Committee will make final funding recommendations. This committee includes community members who have participated in the Foundation’s Community Investment Committee and City of Gainesville staff members.


Who will disburse these grants? 

The City of Gainesville will disburse funding. The City of Gainesville staff and consultants will also handle grant evaluations and reporting.


Is there a deadline for the grant funds to be expended? 

Recipient may use award funds to cover approved eligible costs incurred during the period that begins March 3, 2021 and ends December 31, 2024


Are faith-based or religious organizations eligible to apply? 

Funds provided under this program cannot be used for inherently religious activities, such as worship, religious instruction, or proselytization, prohibited by 24 C.F.R. 570.200(j)(2) as applicable.

Religious organizations are eligible solely with regard to any nonsectarian programs or services that are offered to the general public without regard to faith, affiliation, religious belief, or practice, and that aligns with the focus areas outlined in the program. For example, a church runs a food pantry that is open to all in need, without regard to their church membership or adherence to any particular religious beliefs or practices; costs of the food pantry—but not the other aspects of the church such as worship and religious instruction—may form the basis of an application.


What if my organization is headquartered outside of the City of Gainesville? 

Funding under this program is only available to support work taking place in the City of Gainesville for Gainesville residents. The application should be completed with a focus only on City of Gainesville-specific work, and all financial submissions must separate out City of Gainesville activities from overall work.


Are financial audits required for this grant program? 

No financial audit is required for application to this program. However, nonprofit organizations that are designated as subrecipients that receive and expend more than $750,000 in combined federal funds in any fiscal year, including any grant received under this ARPA grant program, or under other ARPA program, will be subject to a federal single audit.

Subrecipients do not include individuals and organizations that received ARPA funds as end users to respond to the negative economic impacts of Covid-19. Such individuals and organizations are beneficiaries and not subject to audit. Consult your independent auditor for additional information.


Who do I contact if I have a question about my application? 

Email any question to arpa@cfncf.org.


How long must my organization retain records associated with this grant award?

Records shall be maintained by Recipient for a period of five years after all funds have been expended or returned to Treasury, whichever is later.