Community-Based Non-Profit Organizations Encouraged to Seek ‘Oakland Together’ COVID-19 Economic Impact Grants

Community non-profit organizations based in Oakland County whose revenues have been hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic have two weeks to apply for a grant from the Oakland Together Economic Impact fund.

The grants, which are made possible through federal CARES Act funding, are designed to help non-profit organizations that have suffered revenue loss or increased expenditures directly related to the pandemic. A grant can be used to support operation costs as determined by the organization. Applications are being accepted through Monday, November 23 at https://www.oakgov.com/covid/grants/Pages/non-profit-economic-impact.aspx.

“So many of our non-profit organizations rely on community support and fund-raising activities and have suffered severe economic losses during the pandemic,” Oakland County Executive David Coulter said. “At the same time, they continue to provide valuable services to our residents and it’s important we do everything we can to help them at this critical time.”

To be eligible, an organization must be a non-profit with tax-exempt status, be physically located in Oakland County and provide most of its services to county residents. The organization also must have had a 10 percent revenue loss related to the pandemic. The grants are expected to be disbursed in early December. A complete list of grants still available is found at https://www.oakgov.com/covid/grants/Pages/default.aspx.

Oakland County allocated all $219 million it received in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding, including more than $140 million in grants to help stabilize and support small businesses, residents and communities in every part of the county. The grants have been awarded to more than 10,000 local businesses, which employ 65,000 employees; 22 local chambers of commerce; 28 local school districts; residents having trouble making rent or mortgage payments, retailers, restaurants and communities, among others.