Nonprofit Relief & Recovery Grant Opportunity

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Today, Governor Mike Parson announced the new Nonprofit Relief & Recovery Grant that could provide up to $22 million for Missouri nonprofits assisting communities in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.  Utilizing federal CARES Act dollars, the program was designed to support nonprofits in meeting critical community needs resulting from the pandemic, and to support the operations of those directly impacted.

Nonprofit Relief & Recovery Grant Overview
Eligible applicants include Missouri nonprofit organizations holding a 501(c)(3) IRS tax exempt designation and in Good Standing with the MO Secretary of State’s office, excluding hospitals and hospital foundations, schools, and post-secondary education institutions and foundations.  Eligible organizations must have been in operation for at least one year prior to March 1, 2020.

Program Parameters

  • The maximum grant request is $250,000Grant funds will be made available to awardees through reimbursement upon verification of eligible expenses. 
  • Only one project/grant application may be submitted per organization.  Organizations with existing NAP and/or YOP project(s) ARE eligible to apply (assuming no overlap in expenses funded).

  • Applicants must:
    • Show a direct link between the COVID-19 crisis and their ability to provide services and/or a significant increase in demand for services by the community;
    • Meet minimum score requirements related to community need and organizational capacity; and,
    • Demonstrate that it incurred or will incur necessary expenditures due to the COVID-19 public health emergency between March 1 and November 15, 2020.  Costs or losses cannot be covered by this program if they have been, or will be, paid by insurance or other federal emergency relief funds, including the Paycheck Protection Program.

Eligible Expenses
Generally, eligible costs are those that are significantly different from normal, planned operational costs, and directly related to the COVID public health emergency.  Examples include costs to pivot services to accommodate social distancing requirements or closures, and costs associated with meeting increased demand for critical services.  Treasury guidance on eligible costs is updated regularly, therefore eligible costs are subject to change. For a list of eligible expenses for reimbursement, refer to the program Guidelines document.

Priority-Based Application Due Dates
Applications will be accepted in two waves, via electronic submission.  Applications received in Wave 1 will be reviewed and completed before applications submitted for Wave 2 will be considered.

Wave 1*:  Applications to Wave 1 will be accepted from July 22, 2020 to August 14, 2020.  Eligible to apply in the first wave are 501(c)(3) nonprofits serving disadvantaged populations, whose services are substantially dedicated to addressing critical needs resulting from the COVID-19 public health emergency in the areas of:

  • Homelessness prevention – with a focus on organizations meeting the increased demand for direct financial assistance to prevent homelessness, case management, and shelter
  • Job training – for at-risk and under- or un-employed individuals
  • Food insecurity
  • At-risk youth services – such as abuse and neglect services and prevention
  • Childcare – primarily targeting low and low-moderate income families
  • Academic/educational support – in support of but outside of normal school hours/services, and related to increased educational needs resulting from COVID-related school closures (and/or online learning)

*DED reserves the right to make final determination as to fit of an organization in the above categories.

Wave 2:  Applications to Wave 2 will be accepted from August 19, 2020 to August 28, 2020. Eligible to apply in the second wave are 501(c)(3) nonprofits providing other services not identified for Wave 1, who can demonstrate they are suffering from direct and second-order effects of the public health emergency.

For Additional Information and Application Instructions
Carefully review the program Guidelines located at

After reviewing the Guidelines, organizations may apply by requesting an application from the email address located on the webpage.

Applicants may only apply once.  Please be sure to carefully review instructions, answer applications questions fully, and provide the correct attachments.  Applications missing information and/or documents may be declined.

We look forward to working with you!

The Community Programs Team
Business & Community Solutions
Missouri Department of Economic Development
301 W. High St., Suite 720
Jefferson City, MO  65101