Fayetteville approves third option for pandemic relief money to nonprofits

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Nonprofit groups now have another option to receive some of Fayetteville’s pandemic relief money.

City Council this week approved a proposal to dedicate $100,000 to help small nonprofits that have suffered losses of up to $5,000 during the pandemic.

Two other programs were already in place for nonprofit groups with greater needs.

Fayetteville received $17.9 million in US bailout money. Chief Financial Officer Paul Becker said the city received about half the funds and is expected to receive the other half later this year.

Becker said about $2 million has so far been spent appreciating city employees for working during the pandemic. The city also earmarked $400,000 of federal money for a vaccine incentive program that included a media campaign and $100 payments to residents who were fully vaccinated by mid-March.

The new program approved this week allows small nonprofit groups to apply for up to $5,000 in financial assistance. It is designed to respond more urgently to economic needs, as funds could be dispersed within weeks, Becker said. Eligible costs include payroll, rent or other operating losses.

A similar program that considers nonprofits as beneficiaries exists for groups that have lost more than $5,000 during the pandemic. The dispersal, however, could take longer since the city council must review the applications and vote for their approval. Examples of negative economic impacts on nonprofit organizations may include increased demand for services provided during the pandemic, changes in operational needs, declines in revenue sources such as donations and fees, reduced ability to organize fundraising events, cost increase or challenges covering payroll, rent or other operating costs. The board has earmarked $900,000 for the larger program.

Both beneficiary programs can be requested through the city’s Community Resources Division by calling 479-575-8290. Applications are also available online (up to $5,000 or more than $5,000).

Another program includes an online portal for nonprofit organizations to apply for a sub-recipient grant of at least $25,000 to complete projects for Fayetteville residents on a prospective basis. This program requires detailed reporting on how the funds are used, and the city is responsible for tracking the money to ensure federal guidelines are followed. Any misuse of these funds must be reimbursed to the federal government by the city.

All groups have until April 30 to request funding.

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