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GADSDEN COUNTY AMERICAN RESCUE GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS NOW OPEN

GADSDEN COUNTY AMERICAN RESCUE GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS NOW OPEN
Grants to Residents, Small Businesses, Non-Profits, and Churches

 GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. — The Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) today announced the opening of the grant application process for the Gadsden County American Rescue Plan (GCARP). Gadsden County will be receiving more than $8 million in COVID-19 relief funds from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan.

“These much-needed funds will help put food on Gadsden Countians tables and assist businesses, churches, nonprofits, and healthcare organizations with expenses,” BOCC Chairperson Brenda Holt said. “This money will help us make sure that our families do not fall apart and ensure that this county comes out of this pandemic stronger and better.” 

GCARP also makes available grants to churches and nonprofits that experienced either loss of revenue or additional costs due to the pandemic. In addition, nonprofit healthcare organizations that provide services within the community such as medical, food, educational, or childcare services may also apply. The program grants are as follows:

 The Food Card Program will assist Gadsden County citizens who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic or its direct or indirect effects; and who are not otherwise eligible to receive food assistance through State-run programs (due to their income exceeding the allowable dollar threshold), but still experiencing food scarcity in their residence. Food cards provided will be based on the number of residents living in the applying household. These cards will be purchased from Food Stores in Gadsden County. 

 The Small Business Assistance Program will assist Gadsden County local small businesses with less restraint than the CARES Program guidelines. This program will assist Gadsden County small businesses that have experienced a loss of revenue or increased expenditures due to COVID-19; and the pandemic’s economic impact on the community. 

In this new Small Business Assistance Program, a qualifying business can be a home-based business or a brick-and-mortar type business. With the focus on small businesses, the applicant must have less than 100 employees and not be a publicly traded company or its subsidiary.  

The nonprofit Organization (NPO) Assistance Program will assist nonprofit organizations located in Gadsden County. The NPO must demonstrate that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic adversely affected the NPO’s delivery of the goods, services, and/or programs it provides to the Gadsden County community. Funding will be available for those NPOs that aided in the testing, vaccination, and other ancillary activities associated with COVID-19; who are not registered/operate as a nonprofit “healthcare” provider.

The Non-Profit Healthcare Organization (NPHO) Assistance Program will assist NPHOs in Gadsden County that COVID-19 has impacted. All NPHOs that apply will have had to provide the following services within the healthcare community: medical, food, educational, or childcare services.

 The Gadsden County Church/Religious Organization Assistance Program will assist many churches and religious organizations in Gadsden that have been financially impacted by COVID 19—either in loss of revenue or additional costs. 

“There have been so many people who have lost their regular incomes in this pandemic that we felt it was critical to get help to the people of Gadsden County,” Administrator Edward Dixon said. “There are also a number of organizations and those in the faith community that stepped up in a big way to help residents, even though they didn’t have many resources to begin with.”

Residents, organizations, and businesses will need to provide support documentation such as driver’s license or utility bill for proof of residence, and other items documenting their lost income or nonprofit status when they apply for the grants. 

The requirements for use of this funding for assistance to Gadsden County residents, small businesses, and non-project organizations are far less stringent than the previous Federal and State guidelines under the CARES Act. This streamlined effort will enable faster distribution to those in need. A Gadsden County applicant/organization can only qualify and receive funding through one program under the Gadsden County American Rescue Plan Programs.

“With less complicated requirements and a focus on outreach to the community, this direct assistance program will help Gadsden County residents, community groups, and small businesses that have experienced a loss of revenue or increased their expenditures due to COVID-19 and the pandemic’s economic impact on the community,” said community leader and pastor Willie C. Green.

These programs will be presented, and technical assistance will be provided during countywide workshops and presentations over the next three months. All Gadsden Rescue grants will be provided on a “first qualified, first-served” basis.

Gadsden County residents wishing to apply can visit www.gadsdenrescue.com or obtain a paper application at the Butler Government Building, 9 E. Jefferson Street, Quincy.

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