Nonprofits serving Washington County residents can receive up to $100,000 one-time COVID-19 relief grants.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Traci Miller, a staff member at the Good Neighbor Center, sorts through food that was donated to the Tigard homeless shelter in May.Nonprofits have provided pandemic-related assistance to Washington County residents for months, but many service providers have also been hit hard during the economic recession and need a safety net of their own.

Washington County and the Oregon Community Foundation have partnered to make nearly $5 million in emergency assistance grants available to nonprofits serving Washington County residents to offset COVID-19-related expenses and lost revenues.

Nonprofits that have experienced economic hardship since March and meet other certain eligibility criteria have until 5 p.m. Sept. 25 to apply for grants, although the county will cap the applications at 1,000.

Organizations could receive up $100,000 in aid to maintain their businesses, workforce and services to residents. The funds are being made available through the county's allocation of $104 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Funding opportunities will prioritize culturally-specific and/or culturally responsive organizations in Washington County, according to a statement from the county.

Organizations must have been in operation since March 1, 2019, and be registered 501(c)(3) nonprofits.

They must also not have previously received grants or loans, to cover the same costs, from Washington County since March 1, 2020.

The Oregon Community Foundation will manage a competitive review process for selecting grant recipients.

Funding must be used to recover lost revenue due to the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order, cover operating expenses (including but not limited to payroll, rent/mortgage, utilities, inventory, personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies) or support COVID-19 recovery strategies (including health and safety facility changes, supplies, and/or public education campaigns).

Awards will depend on the size of the organization and funds must be used before the end of 2020, Washington County said.

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