The bill creates the small community-based nonprofit infrastructure grant program (grant program) in the division of local government in the department of local affairs (division) to provide grants to certain small community-based nonprofit organizations that have been impacted or disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency for infrastructure and capacity building. The division is required to administer the grant program and to contract with
no more than 5 no more than 10 nonprofit organizations with specified qualifications (regional access partners) to award and monitor the grants.
To be eligible to receive a grant through the grant program, an organization must be one of the following:
- A small community-based nonprofit organization that operates under section 501 (c)(3) of the federal internal revenue code;
- A small community-based nonprofit organization that does not operate under section 501 (c)(3) of the federal internal revenue code and that works with a fiscal agent; or
- A collaboration of multiple small community-based groups that are not nonprofit organizations and that work with a fiscal sponsor.
The bill specifies the criteria that each small community-based nonprofit organization or each of the small community-based groups that apply for a grant collaboratively are required to satisfy to be considered an eligible recipient for a grant pursuant to the grant program.
The bill specifies that grant recipients may use grant program money for infrastructure and capacity building purposes including data technology needs, professional development for staff and board members, strategic planning and organizational development for capacity building and fundraising, communications, and existing program expansion, development, or evaluation. The bill also specifies that grant money cannot be used for capital improvements, real estate or land acquisition, payment of debt, advocacy or lobbying, organizing, endowments, or reserves.
To receive a grant, an applicant must submit an application to a regional access partner in accordance with the policies and procedures developed by the division. The regional access partner is required to award grants and ensure that:
- The maximum grant award does not exceed $100,000; and
- A grant award does not exceed 30% of the recipient's annual operating budget.
The general assembly is required to appropriate $35 million from the economic recovery and relief cash fund to the division for the purposes of the grant program. The regional access partners are required to award the grants for the purposes of the grant program on or before December 30, 2024 and recipients of the grants are required to expend all grant money by December 30, 2026 . The bill specifies that the division and any person that receives money from the division, including a regional access partner, shall comply with the compliance, reporting, record-keeping, and program evaluation requirements established in current law by the office of state planning and budgeting and the state controller.
(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)