COVID Relief Grants for Nonprofits

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Placer Shares

The Placer County Board of Supervisors has allocated $1 million in CARES Act funds to support Placer County nonprofits experiencing hardship due to COVID-19 through the Placer Shares program. Placer Community Foundation will facilitate a grantmaking process to distribute $675,000 of these relief funds to nonprofit organizations in western Placer County. Information on who is eligible, how to apply, and the timeline are provided on this page.

Nonprofit Grants Program Timeline:

August 25 at 8 am– Grant Portal Live and Applications Open

August 27 at 10 am – Applicant Workshop for Nonprofits (View the recorded webinar here)

September 7 by 11:59 pm – Grant Application Deadline

October 2 – Nonprofit Grant Awards Announced by email

October 5-13 – Nonprofit Grant Checks Sent Out Based on Signed Award Agreement

Eligibility Requirements

Tax-exempt 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) nonprofit organizations located in and serving the western slope of Placer County from Emigrant Gap to Roseville must meet the following criteria to apply.

  • Applicants must demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the pandemic and have necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to COVID-19 between March 1 – December 30, 2020.
  • Applications must be submitted using the online form. No paper applications will be accepted.
  • An organization is limited to one proposal for this grant program.
  • Nonprofits will not be disqualified based on receiving Payroll Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), and/or a City of Roseville CDBG loan of any amount.

Ineligible Organizations
Churches, Religious Organizations, Private Schools, Parental Choice (organizations offering fee-based extracurricular youth activities, examples include, but not limited to, sports groups such as swim team, soccer club, little league, cheer, gymnastics, etc.; arts and sciences groups such as dance, music, art, theater, computer science, robotics, etc.), Sports Clubs and Activities (examples include, but not limited to cycling, running, climbing, hiking, pickleball clubs; hobbies such as knitting, sewing, crafting, stamps, coins and other collector groups, etc.), Service Clubs such as Rotary or Kiwanis. No exceptions will be made.

To determine if you qualify, please take our eligibility quiz.

How Grants Will Be Prioritized and Awarded

Grants will be a maximum of $10,000 based on operating revenue size and demonstrated economic injury or hardship.  Grant amounts will be as follows:

  • Organization pre-COVID annual revenue of $100,000 or less: $5,000
  • Organization pre COVID annual revenue of $100,001 or more: $10,000

Awards will be made according to prioritized evaluation criteria. Grant funds will be distributed by mid-October and must be expended by grantees by December 30, 2020.

Priority 1:

  • 501(c)(3) health and human service/ safety-net organizations (such as hunger relief, mental health services, senior care, child-care, housing assistance, family and individual interventions.)
  • 501(c)(6) business assistance organizations (such as chambers of commerce, downtown associations)

Priority 2:

  • All other eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofits
  • All other eligible 501(c)(6) nonprofits (such as business sector specific membership organizations)

Evaluation Criteria
All applicants must clearly demonstrate COVID related economic “injury” or hardship projected between 3/1/20 – 12/30/20:

  • Loss of personnel (% & # Reduction of FTE staff)
  • Loss of fundraising or revenue sources (projected revenue loss $ & %)
  • Additional expenditures to meet growing community demand (est. $ & %)
  • Additional expenditures to change business operations (est. $ & %)
  • Loss or diminished offering of specific programs (name of programs lost)
  • Estimated loss of volunteer hours (# by hours)
  • Disclosure of other relief funds received


Eligible and Ineligible Expenses and Reporting Requirements

Placer Community Foundation will award grants for COVID related needs that align with the goals and funding criteria for this grant program.

Eligible Expenses:

Awards will be granted for eligible expenses, which include necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to COVID-19 between March 1 – December 30, 2020 as described in section 601(d) of the Social Security Act, as added by section 5001 of the CARES Act.

Ineligible Expenses

Placer Community Foundation will not award grants to and/or for:

  • Organizations and programs designed to elect candidates to public office
  • Endowment funds and capital campaigns
  • Scholarships, fellowships, travel grants, and technical or specialized research
  • Government entities
  • Religious activities
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race or religion.

Reporting Requirements

Awarded 501(c)(3) organizations expending grant funds as stated in their applications require no further reporting.  Awarded 501(c)(6) organizations must submit a report on how the funds were spent to comply with “expenditure responsibility” grant requirements within the meaning of section 4945(h) of the Internal Revenue Code.  This is subject to change per Placer County requirements.

More Information

Nonprofit FAQs for the Placer Shares program are here.

Apply for a Placer Shares Grant

The Placer Shares Nonprofit Grant Program application portal will be live starting August 25, 2020 at 8 a.m. Starting now, interested organizations can register for the Nonprofit Applicant Workshop on August 27, 2020 HERE.

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