On March 13, the City of Grover Beach will open the application period for the FY 2023-24 Community Grants Program. Similar to last year’s program, the grants are intended to provide funding opportunities to eligible nonprofit organizations dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for Grover Beach residents.
“I am very pleased that we are able to offer the Community Grants Program again this year. Not only does it provide financial assistance for key community organizations, but it also builds upon our close-knit community values,” said Grover Beach Mayor Karen Bright. “As we continue moving forward from the pandemic, we remain committed to supporting organizations that serve our community needs."
The FY 2023-24 Community Grants Program will provide up to $5,000 of one-time grants to eligible organizations that were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic or are offering programs and services to address the economic impacts of COVID-19.
Nonprofits interested in applying must meet the eligibility requirements for the programs specified in the City's Community Grants Policy. Organizations must demonstrate how COVID-19 or how their proposed programs and services respond to the economic impacts caused by the pandemic.
Applicants must submit the application form and all required attachments electronically to CommunityGrants@GroverBeach.org by 5 p.m. on April 14. The City will review all submitted applications based on criteria outlined in the Community Grants Policy. A panel of City staff and resident stakeholders will recommend the top-scoring applications for City Council approval at the May 22 regular Council meeting.
In 2021, the City was awarded $3.2 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to support economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. In February 2022, the City Council adopted the Community Grants Program Policy and allocated $100,000 of ARPA funding for that purpose. Following the success of the FY 2022-23 program, the City Council approved allocating an additional $50,000 of the remaining $1.6 million ARPA funds toward local nonprofit assistance.
“Our nonprofit organizations provide critical services to our community, and the City acknowledges the broader community impact of these grants,” said Grover Beach City Manager Matt Bronson. “Through this program, the City can provide targeted support to organizations that provide crucial resources to support our community.”
For more information on the Community Grants Program, including eligibility requirements and the application process, please visit the Community Grants Program webpage.