The Arkansas Community Foundation has set a deadline on Phase Two Adaptation Grants for non-profits to apply for funding to aid them during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a news release.


Grants range from $5,000 – to $25,000 and the deadline to apply is Wednesday – April 29, 2020, at www.arcf.org/covid19. Grants are intended to help organizations adapt their work during the pandemic, not to replace lost revenue, according to the release.


WHAT ARE PHASE TWO ADAPTATION GRANTS?


The purpose of the Phase Two Adaptation Grant program is to aid nonprofit and community organizations in:


Adapting their operations to meet new needs in the community that have arisen from the pandemic or;


Delivering services in new ways to accommodate social distancing and other health and safety guidelines or;


Serving an expanded client base, i.e. reaching individuals who are experiencing new economic hardships due to the pandemic. (Emphasis is on vulnerable populations, including individuals who have lost a source of income due to the pandemic, low-income residents, individuals with greater health risks, immigrants and people with limited English language proficiency, people with a disability, people experiencing homelessness or incarceration, etc.)


WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A PHASE TWO ADAPTATION GRANT?


Any IRS 501(c)(3) public charity, public school, hospital or government agency in Arkansas may apply. Grants are not made to individuals. Organizations may receive only one Phase Two Adaptation Grant. This is based on the organization’s Tax ID number. Organizations that have multiple locations, programs, chapters or affiliates are encouraged to submit a coordinated application, rather than individual applications.


WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA FOR THE PHASE TWO ADAPTATION GRANTS?


Priority will be given to organizations that are specifically addressing:


Economic hardships of individuals Arkansans related to COVID-19, including food security, housing, household finances, etc;.


Support for small businesses or economic development related to COVID-19. (The foundation doesn’t fund for-profit businesses directly, but it can fund nonprofit and community organizations that provide support and technical assistance to businesses);


Physical and mental health care needs related to COVID-19;


Educational needs of children, including infants, toddlers and K-12 students related to COVID-19.


USES OF FUNDING COULD INCLUDE:


Modifying or upgrading technology systems to serve clients remotely;


Modifying facilities to enable greater social distancing among essential personnel and clients;


Providing prepaid cell phones or WiFi hotspots to clients so they can continue to receive services remotely;


Disseminating public health information to clients, including translation services;


Implementing changes to operating procedures necessitated by COVID-19;


Scaling up service delivery to support increased demand.


Details: www.arcf.org/covid19.