Hillsborough County has partnered with the Community Foundation to launch Phase II of its Rapid Response Recovery (R3) Nonprofit Safety Net program that assists Hillsborough County nonprofit agencies affected by COVID-19.
Financial assistance available for facility, operational, and working capital costs.
FAQs and Resources
What are the eligibility requirements for the Nonprofit Safety Net Assistance program?
- Principally based within Hillsborough County, including City of Tampa, Plant City, and Temple Terrace
- Provide essential services such as housing, homeless assistance, mental and physical health, dependency, food, employment-related services, household/financial counseling, and services related to vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19
- Must have reported annual revenues of at least $100,000 on most recently filed IRS Form 990
- Currently active, open, and operating (in person or virtually)
- Must be legally registered, fully licensed as a nonprofit, and up to date on business tax payments/filings
- Directly impacted by COVID-19 in one of the following manners:
- Suffered evident economic injury
- Forced to increase/decrease services or labor
- Modified its facility or facilities and/or operations to comply
- Complied with safety and health standards
What documents do I need to apply for assistance?
- Copy of completed and signed W9 form
- Copy of most recent agency tax return (IRS 990 – all pages)
- How do I apply for assistance? You can apply online through the R3 Nonprofit Safety Net application portal. If you are experiencing problems when applying, you may contact the Community Foundation at (813) 609-4865.
If I have received assistance from Hillsborough County in the past, can I still apply?
If you applied for and were awarded funding during Phase I of the R3 Nonprofit Safety Net program and/or the Nonprofit Day Care Facility Assistance program, you are ineligible to receive an award under Phase II of this program.
If you’ve received or applied for any R3 Assistance, your funding through the R3 programs will not exceed a total of $250,000 per applicant.
What does the assistance pay for?
The funds are for facility, operational, and working capital expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
What is the deadline to apply?
Assistance is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and while funding remains available. It is recommended you complete your application all at once to ensure your application is submitted before all of the funding is awarded.
Am I eligible if I meet some, but not all, of the eligibility requirements?
No. You must meet ALL requirements to be eligible.
How much will I get if I’m approved for assistance?
Once your application is accepted and your agency is determined eligible, qualified agencies will receive a one-time award as follows:
- Organizations with revenue from $100,000 – $500,000: $15,000
- Organizations with revenue more than $500,000: $30,000
Revenue thresholds are based on the most recent reported IRS Form 990 for 2019 (or 2018)
If I’m approved for assistance, how long will it take to receive my money?
Every request is unique and processing eligibility and payment time will vary. However, it is anticipated that payments will be made within two weeks of your application being approved. You can track the status of your application and approved payment online through the application portal.
Will I need to provide any documentation once funds are received?
No, but agencies are encouraged to keep records of their expenditures for audit purposes.
Any funding awarded under this program must be fully expensed by December 30, 2020
If my organization does not operate as a nonprofit, is there other assistance available?
For-profit businesses economically damaged by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic may be eligible under the Kickstart Small Business financial assistance program.