Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has announced guidelines to distribute approximately $520,000 from the Bluffton ARPA/SLFRF COVID-19 Fund that was established at the Community Foundation by the Town of Bluffton.
The funds were received by the Town through State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) from the federal government’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021. The ARPA funds were provided to local governments to help them respond to the impact of COVID-19 in their communities.
Nonprofits eligible to apply for the grant include 501(c)(3) organizations with a physical location in the Town of Bluffton that provide services to low- and moderate-income residents of the town and/or underserved communities. Organizations must have experienced negative financial impact because of the response to the COVID-19 health emergency.
An advisory committee consisting of community leaders and representatives from the Town of Bluffton and the Community Foundation will review grant applications and determine grant awards. The first grant cycle has begun, with an application deadline of April 11. Additional cycles will be defined as needed.
All grant distributions from the fund will comply with federal guidelines and will address the negative financial impact caused by COVID-19. The maximum amount per grant is $20,000.
Grant guidelines and a link to the grant application can be found at Community Foundation of the Lowcountry’s website: cf-lowcountry.org/nonprofits-and-grantees/arpa-slfrf-covid-19-fund-grant-guidelines.
Questions about the grant process can be directed to Debbie Cahoon, Vice President for Community Investment, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 843-681-9100.