Pulaski County Board of Supervisors to offer non-profit recovery grants in response to COVID-19

Pulaski County Board of Supervisors to offer non-profit recovery grants in response to COVID-19

~ Grants up to $5,000 to Help Pulaski County Non-Profit Organizations Offset the Impacts of the Shutdown and to Assist with their Response to COVID-19 ~

The Pulaski County Board of Supervisors has developed the Pulaski County Non-profit Recovery Grant Program to support non-profit organizations with recovering from the comprehensive impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and to assist with their expenses in response to COVID-19 that are required by the Commonwealth to reopen and operate safely.

Non-profit Recovery Grants in the amounts ranging from $1,000.00 to $5,000.00 will be made available through direct application on a first-come-first-served basis for registered non-profit 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(19) organizations located in Pulaski County and directly serving Pulaski County citizens. Non-profit organizations must also be in good standing with the State Corporation Commission (SCC) and be up to date on all Pulaski County taxes, charges and fees.

“The Board of Supervisors has a desire to affect as many of our county citizens in need as possible with CARES Act monies during these challenging times, and they feel that our non-profit community in addition to our small businesses is one of the best ways to do that”, stated Jonathan D. Sweet, County Administrator.  “The non-profit organizations in our county are part of what makes our community go around and they are extremely close to our people, so it makes good sense to support them and their services to reach individuals who may need assistance right now.”

The two-page application is simple and is comprised of only six questions and a written summary of how your organization has been impacted by COVID-19.  Approved expenses that have occurred after March 1, 2020 and before December 30, 2020 are items such as:  rent/mortgage, payroll, employee benefits, reopening costs, utilities, marketing, vendor payments, equipment purchases, personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies, and new software.  A W-9 must be completed and attached to all applications.

“It is important that we help our citizens the best we can right now and also support the foundational elements of our community such as small businesses and non-profits, so we can better make it through these tough times together”, stated Joe Guthrie, Chair of the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors.  “The local government cannot do it alone, we need our non-profits throughout the county more than ever to continue to step up and help the community navigate through these unprecedented and difficult times.”

The County of Pulaski will administer this new program. Forms can be downloaded from the Pulaski County website at:  www.pulaskicounty.org  Applications will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis starting on August 31, 2020.  The entirety of the program is funded at a level of $350,000.00 through a CARES Act appropriation to Pulaski County, Virginia.  The Pulaski County Non-profit Recovery Grant Program will conclude on October 30, 2020 or at which time the funds for the program have been depleted.