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Funding Opportunities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Black Child Development Institute- Atlanta (BCDI- Atlanta) would like to acknowledge that we are living in an unprecedented time as we deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). We understand that people may be dealing with large amounts of stress and anxiety, and so we are keeping all individuals, families, and communities in our thoughts and prayers.

In response to the adverse financial impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on families and organizations, BCDI-Atlanta has also put together this newsletter with financial resources that may help you navigate this crisis. For more information and resources, please visit BCDI-Atlanta's COVID-19 support page.

Attention: Families!

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, (CARES Act) provides economic relief to America's families as they struggle with the detrimental impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the following ways:

This act directly Impacts you in the following ways:

  • Provides recovery rebates of $1,200 for all Americans with adjusted gross income (AGI) up to $75,000 ($112,500 for head of household)

  • Provides recovery rebates of $2,400 for married couples with AGI up to $150,000 who file a joint return. Amounts increase by $500 for every child.

  • Provides an additional $600 per week payment (up to four months) to recipients of Unemployment Insurance or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

This act indirectly Impacts you in the following ways:

  • Allocates $3.5 billion in grants to states through the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Program to financially assist child care providers and to support child care for families, including for healthcare workers, first responders, and others playing critical roles during this crisis.

  • Allocates $750 million in grants to all Head Start programs to help them as they support COVID-19 impacted children and families.

  • Non-profit and for-profit child care providers (with less than 500 employees) are eligible to apply for small business loans of which 8 weeks of payroll, mortgage/rent and utility payments, are eligible for loan forgiveness.

  • Federal loan assistance is available for midsize and large child care providers through the Treasury's Exchange Stabilization Act.

Thank you to NBCDI for providing a succinct overview of the recently passed CARES Act legislation!

Attention: Non-Profit and Community Organizations!

The CARES Act provides economic relief through $265 million in grants to COVID-19 impacted Small Business Administration (SBA) resource partners, including:

  • Small Business Development Centers and

  • Women's Business Centers

The CARES act allots $10 million for the Minority Business Development Agency to administer these services through Minority Business Centers and Minority Chambers of Commerce.

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. has recently released their 2020 Community Connections Resource Grant in the Georgia Market. Through this grant, WellCare health Plans, Inc. aims to recognize local organizations that are offering cutting-edge responses to how COVID-19 has contributed to the social service barriers that are adversely affecting vulnerable populations.

To apply, fill out the application form attached to this newsletter and email it to deadline to submit a grant application is April 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm. Grants will only be awarded to those organizations that address a COVID-19 health topic with a program focused on one of the following stated health issues:

  • Financial Assistance-Infant

  • Formula Housing/Homeless

  • Rent Assistance

  • Social Isolation

  • Transportation- delivery of diapers (children and adults)

  • Transportation- delivery of food

  • Utility Assistance

Through a collaboration among The Community Foundation and United Way of Greater Atlanta comes the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. This fund recognizes organizations that:

  • aim to meet the needs of economically vulnerable populations related to COVID-19 closures

  • support community safety nets such as food insecurity, rent and utility assistance, medical supports and childcare, and/or

  • support the educational and emotional needs of children and youth across our region.

Click here to access more information about this recovery fund, such as eligibility information, grant process information, and fund priorities.

The Community Foundation is also offering two grant opportunities to provide non-profit arts organizations with financial assistance.

  • A Place to Perform will support COVID-19 impacted organizations that have been forced to cancel or postpone performances or events. This grant will assist with gaining access to performance venues and facilities. Eligible organizations will be selected to receive one-time grants of up to $5,000.

  • Metropolitan Atlanta Arts 2020 Fund will provide general operating support grants to organizations that have been adversely impacted by COVID-19.

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