|In March 2020, the City contacted 21 local non-profit organizations supported through the Non-Profit Grant Program in an effort to develop an understanding of how the City could provide support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Non-profit organizations interested in receiving support from the City were asked to complete a needs assessment survey and seven organizations responded, requesting $287,452 in support.
Given the variety of and scale of the requests, the City Council directed modifications to the Fiscal Years 2021-22 and 2022-23 Non-Profit Contribution Program process to permit non-profit organizations to apply for one-time, direct support for costs associated with COVID-19.
The Non-Profit Contribution Program provides a well established application and review process and the City Council will have a better understanding of COVID-19 impacts on the city's financial condition when the program begins later this year. This approach provides non-profit organizations additional time to assess how COVID-19 has affected their short and long-term financial condition and enable them the opportunity to refine their requests and pursue other assistance.
Utilizing the Contribution Policy for Non-Profit Organizations, additional criteria and funding priorities are recommended for the COVID-19 Emergency Support Overview and Supplemental Request Application. Additional criteria include:
Funding Priorities include:
- Non-profit organizations must provide programs or services Cypress residents.
- Funding is restricted to COVID-19 pandemic impacts.
- Emergency support is for one-time, direct support for costs/lost revenue related to COVID-19 and is not an ongoing source of funding.
- The applicant must complete the COVID-19 Emergency Support Supplemental Request Application form in its entirety for consideration. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
- The organization must sign an agreement and submit a final accounting of how the COVID-19 Emergency Support funding was used within one year of funding.
The proposed COVID-19 Emergency Support Supplemental Request Application allows non-profit organizations to describe the financial and operational impacts of COVID-19, services that they were able to provide to the community during the pandemic, and provides a detailed request for support and how the funds would be used, if approved.
- Serving Cypress residents to fill service or delivery gaps
- Support for older adults, youth and the vulnerable
- Mental health
- Support community relief and recovery efforts
- Service delivery enhancements to accommodate the Stay at Home Order or COVID-19 physical distancing restrictions
The Recreation and Community Services Commission has reviewed and provided input on the COVID-19 Emergency Support Overview and Supplemental Request Application.
The Non-Profit Contribution Program and the COVID-19 Emergency Support Supplemental Request Applications will be available in late October. Non-profit organizations will submit electronic requests by mid-January with any funding announcements made after City Council consideration in April 2021.