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Monroe County CARES Nonprofit Assistance Program Application and Agreement


  1. 1. Step One
  2. 2. Nonprofit Information
  3. 3. COVID-19 Impact
  4. 4. Documentation Requirements
  5. 5. Agreement
  • Step One

    1. Navigating the online application portal: When filling out this application, you will not have the ability to move backwards to a previous section, or to save your application as you work on it, UNLESS make an account on Civic Plus, and sign in before you do your application. You do not have to sign into Civic Plus to submit an application, but if you want to be able to save as you work on it, then signing in is recommended. The prompt to sign into Civic Plus is at the top of the application. If you choose not to sign into Civic Plus please be sure that you do not start the application without having all required documents ready to attach or your online application may not save properly and you will have to begin again. Recommended Browser: For best results, we recommend that you use Chrome or Internet Explorer.

    2. Do not start the application without having all required documents ready to attach or your online application may not save properly and you will have to begin again. Please read the Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions document before starting this application.

    3. Monroe County CARES Program Application/Agreement

      The Monroe County CARES Program is a grant program funded by an allocation to Monroe County from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), through the State of Florida Division of Emergency Management, to be used in assisting local governments in the recovery process from the COVID-19 pandemic. Monroe County BOCC has deemed assistance to non-profit organizations that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 operational disruption a necessary response to the public health emergency.

    4. The Monroe County BOCC has created the Monroe County CARES Non-Profit Assistance Program to distribute a portion (up to $1M) of the County's CARES Act funds for grants to eligible, local, 501c3 non-profit entities who have suffered from operational disruption, required or voluntary closures, increased expenditures, increased client need/demand, or other hardships resulting from the COVD-19 public health emergency, local emergency directives, or related Executive Orders issued by Governor Ron DeSantis or other state agencies (“Executive Orders”).

    5. Eligible organizations must provide proof of their IRS 501c3 designation, proof of registration as nonprofit corporation in the State of Florida (registration must be “active” and have a file date on or before November 1, 2018) W-9, and two most recent annual IRS Form 990s, and evidence of negative impact from COVID-19.

    6. Your organization must have experienced or is currently experiencing a negative impact by experiencing operational disruption and/or incurring expenses related to actions to mitigate, respond, or prevent the spread of COVID-19 public health emergency, including responding to mandatory or voluntary closures to comply with social distancing orders due to COVID-19.

    7. The Monroe County CARES Non-Profit Assistance Program consists of a one-time fixed amount grant to qualifying Monroe County-based 501c3 non-profits to aid in their recovery from the COVID-19 public health emergency and related operational/business disruption. The fixed amounts are based on the size of the organization’s total operating budget, as indicated on its most recently filed IRS Form 990 (on line 18). The grant amounts are as follows:

    8. Total Operating Budget below $350,000: $3,000

    9. Total Operating Budget over $350,000 and below $850,000: $5,000

    10. Total Operating Budget over $850,000: $7,000

    11. Please note, under Chapter 119, Fla. Stat., information included in this application and any documentation submitted as part of the application or throughout the application process may be subject to public records requests.

    12. Applications will be completed and submitted directly online on this application. Do not start the application without having all required documents ready to attach or your online application may not save properly and you will have to begin again. Fill out the application completely and attach all required documents. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

    13. Monroe County staff and the Clerk reserve the right to request additional programmatic and financial supporting documentation. Any additional documents requested must be provided or your application will be considered incomplete and will not be processed. There is no guarantee of funding associated with the application submission.

    14. This application includes a mandatory agreement that is required as a part of the application, in which the applicant acknowledges all of the program's rules (including duplication of benefits), and certifies that all information provided is true, complete, and accurate. The agreement must only be signed by the CEO or Executive Director or Board Chair of your organization.

    15. You must read the document “Monroe County CARES Non-Profit Assistance Program Guidance Document and FAQ” prior to completing the application. There is important information and guidance that will be helpful in determining your organization's eligibility to apply, understanding the rules and regulations guiding these funds, and compliance requirements of applicants. The Monroe County CARES Non-Profit Assistance Program Guidance Document is available on the website.

    16. I have read the document Monroe County CARES Program and Guidance prior to completing this application.*

    17. I understand and agree that any information provided in this application that is not protected under an exemption to Chapter 119, Fla. Stat. may be subject to a public records request under Florida Law.*