Commissioners release $8 million to nonprofits for COVID-19 relief

Organizations eligible for up to $500,000 in grant funding

Not-for-profit organizations throughout Camden County will be eligible for up to $500,000 in grant funding as part of the Commissioner Board’s COVID-19 Community Recovery Grant Program. The grants are intended to support organizations which serve vulnerable and at-need populations within the county; provide on-demand pandemic-focused services that are critical to the county’s public health and safety response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, and strengthen the county’s travel, tourism, and hospitality industries whose operations have been substantially affected by the pandemic.

“Just as we have used federal funds to support private businesses, we are launching this round of funding to ensure that these mission driven institutions are not left in the lurch as we prepare for the next stage of this new normal,” said Commissioner Melinda Kane. “We encourage all who meet the program criteria to apply.”

The grants are funded through a federal allocation of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act that was signed into law early in 2021. The bill is providing funding to local, county and state governments throughout the nation. This allocation will be part of $33 million in funds the Commissioners have made available this year to different hard-hit sectors of the community, including rental assistance and small business grants.

Funds under this program may be used to accomplish any of the three aforementioned objectives and may be applied retroactively as reimbursement of eligible expenditures or reductions in revenue incurred during the COVID-19 public health emergency from March 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021, or prospectively to enhance existing programs, services, and expenditures that are necessary in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency for the period October 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

Applications must be submitted via mail or email by Nov. 30, by 5 p.m. The county is not responsible for late submissions and submissions that do not meet all terms and conditions of the program.

More information regarding program requirements, terms, and conditions, is available on camdencounty.com or any organization with questions should email them to info@camdencountycommuintygrant.com.