In March 2020, the federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which established the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to provide funding to local governments to support their costs associated with responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act allocated $9.5 billion in funding to the California state government, and an additional $5.8 billion directly to the 21 California cities and counties with populations above 500,000. As part of the State of California’s adopted FY 2020-21 budget, approximately $14.18 million in federal funding was passed from the State to Napa County “to support activities and expenses that promote public health and safety in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency” (State Budget Act of 2020, Section 11.90).
Given the pandemic’s unprecedented and widespread impacts to the health of Napa County businesses, community-based organizations, and residents, the Napa County Board of Supervisors approved an expenditure plan that allocated $2 million of the federal CARES Act to fund external community recovery initiatives across four categories:
1. Economic support for business;
3. Social safety net; and
Napa County has prepared a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFA) that invites eligible tax-exempt organizations who are currently providing services in Napa County to submit applications for Napa County CARES Act funding. The NOFA identifies the steps, requirements, and forms needed to apply for this funding. Applications must be submitted electronically by 5 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) on September 18, 2020 to through Submittable (note: the County shares a Submittable account with the Arts Council Napa Valley).
Interested applicants must:
- Register for mandatory bidder’s conference on Friday, September 4 from 1:30-3:00pm
- Submit their application on Submittable before 5 p.m. PST on Friday, September 18, 2020.