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Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency Board activates $1M grant for non-profits

Leon County
Posted at 10:17 AM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 10:17:03-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. — The Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency Board of Directors have activated a $1 million grant program to assist local non-profits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a press release, the Local Emergency Assistance for Non-profits grant program, which will be administered by the Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality was initiated by the IA Board through the reallocation of $1 million from the Blueprint infrastructure program.

Eligible non-profits include human services, cultural arts and historical organizations.

The amount of the grant funds awarded will not be based on the number of employees.

The award level for each eligible non-profit application will be $2,500.

“As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted lives in unimaginable ways, especially for our non-profits,” Leon County Commission Chairman and Chairman of the IA Board Bryan Desloge said. “With this program, we’re investing directly into our local economy and supporting non-profits as they support our community through this public health emergency.”

OEV will activate the program and application process on Friday, April 17, at noon.

The application deadline is Friday, May 15, 2020, or until all funds have been expended, whichever comes first.

The funds will be released to eligible non-profits that are human services, cultural arts and historical organizations on a first-come, first-served basis.

Non-profit organizations receiving grant approval should expect to receive payment approximately 10-12 business days after submitting the necessary forms.

“We know this pandemic is being felt by our local non-profit community,” said City Commissioner Elaine Bryant, vice chair of the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency. “Although there is assistance at the federal level, that process takes time and our non-profits need immediate assistance to help them keep their doors open. I am pleased that my colleagues and I activated the grant program to provide that support to this vital sector of our community during this difficult time.”

Along with the activation of the grant program, the IA Board also voted to award grants to an additional 71 local businesses that applied and were eligible under the original CEDR grant program, but were unable to receive grants as the funds were fully expended on April 6.

In all, an additional $124,500 will be awarded to these local, small business.

“With the IA Board voting to grant an additional 71 businesses, I am pleased to announce that this brings our new total of awardees to 560 businesses served, resulting in $1.2 million to small business assistance,” said OEV Director Cristina Paredes. “This funding provides a critical lifeline to our local small businesses.”

For more information on the eligibility requirements and to apply for the grant program,click here.

For questions regarding the grant program, contact the OEV at info@OEVforBusiness.org.