COVID Nonprofit & Food Bank Support

On September 16th, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved a total of $8 million of CARES funds for agencies serving the residents of Maricopa County with $5 million for non-profit support and $3 million for food bank assistance.  These programs were developed to address the growing need of social service nonprofit organizations and food banks responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The County understands the urgency and uncertainty many families face given the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need for Maricopa County nonprofits and food banks to have the ability to serve those families.

The Maricopa County Human Services Department is working with Arizona Community Foundation and the Arizona Food Bank Network to administer these new programs in response to COVID-19.  Each agency has the necessary experience and expertise to quickly deliver funding to support critical services that nonprofits and food banks provide to Maricopa County families in need.


Maricopa County Non-Profit Support Program


The purpose of the Maricopa County Non-Profit COVID Impacted Assistance Program is to support non-profit social service agencies impacted by COVID-19 that provide direct and essential services to vulnerable and at-risk individuals and families in Maricopa County.  This program is administered by the Arizona Community Foundation.

Grants between $25,000 - $200,000 will be awarded to social service nonprofits serving Maricopa County to support increased demand for services, modifications to improve service delivery, increased expenses, or a reduction in revenue as a result of COVID-19.

The application period is expected to be from Monday, October 5, 2020 through Monday, October 19, 2020.  Between 25 and 200 grants are expected to be made to human service nonprofit organizations. Final awards and disbursements are expected to be completed in November 2020.

Applications will begin to be accepted on Monday, October 5th.  

Application Link: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=azfoundation 

Eligibility criteria

Applicant Agency is required to:

  • Be a federally designated 501(c)(3) organization;
  • Serve residents of Maricopa County;
  • Provide and be on the list of eligible organization types (NTEE code); 
  • Certify they were in operation prior to March 1, 2019;
  • Show COVID-19 impact to service delivery, which may include but not limited to: increased demand, decreased revenue, increased expenses; 
  • Certify all expenses were (if already expended) or will be used for the intended purposes;
  • Certifies information provided in the application, including unique client numbers, revenue, and expenses, are accurate; and 
  • Certifies they are in good standing with the Arizona Corporation Commission and other required regulatory agencies.

Program Provisions

  • Grant funds can only be expended on expenses incurred between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020.  Any funds not expended must be returned to the Administrator.
  • No grant funds can be spent on the personal protective equipment and the purchase of land and/or buildings.
  • Any grant funds spent on capital equipment and/or asset purchases of $5,000 or more must have documentation of receiving three quotes prior to purchase.  Capital purchases require written justification as to how it is needed due to COVID-19.
  • Funds cannot be used to pay any taxes or utility costs issued by a government entity.
  • Awarded agencies must provide Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) a final report and attest that all funds were expended.

 

Maricopa County Food Bank Assistance Program


The purpose of the Maricopa County Food Bank Assistance Program is to support food banks serving Maricopa County residents responding to increased demand due to the impact of COVID-19.  The Arizona Food Bank Network will administer this program.

An estimated 100 grants will be awarded to food banks serving Maricopa County residents.  These grants are categorized as follows:

  • Small agencies - To support increased demand during COVID-19.
  • Large agencies - To distribute a significant number of pounds of food to meet the increased demand during COVID-19.
  • Member agencies - For large asset purchases due to COVID-19 expansion activities.

The application period is now open, and applications will be accepted until all grant funds are awarded.  Inquiries about agency qualifications or how to apply can be emailed to grants@azfoodbanks.org.

Eligibility criteria 

Applicant Agency is required to:

  • Be in good standing with one of AFBN member food bank in Maricopa County, which includes St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, United Food Bank, and HonorHealth/Desert Mission Food Bank.
  • Serve residents of Maricopa County.
  • Certify from receipt to storage to distribution all food will be handling safely and at the required temperatures at all times as required by all federal, state or local regulations
  • Certify agency staff have received food safety training before working under this Agreement.
  • Certify they will not sell food or exchange food for goods or services.
  • Certify they will not engage in discrimination and will distribute food equitably.
  • Certify civil rights training will be conducted and not to proselytize to clients in order to receive food.

Program Provisions

  • Grant funds can only be expended on expenses incurred between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020.  Any funds not expended must be returned to the Administrator.
  • No grant funds can be spent on the purchase of land and/or buildings.
  • Any grant funds spent on capital equipment and/or asset purchases of $5,000 or more must have documentation of receiving three quotes prior to purchase.  Capital purchases require written justification as to how it is needed due to COVID-19.
  • Funds cannot be used to pay any taxes or utility costs issued by a government entity.
  • Awarded agencies must provide Arizona Food Bank Network (AFBN) a final report and attest that all funds were expended.