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Save Our Non-Profits Grant Program

Save Our Non-Profits Grant Program

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Now Accepting Applications for Funding

Fresno’s non-profits have provided essential services during the COVID-19 crisis including those the most impacted by this public and health crisis. For many, their normal activities to raise money and support their operations have also been interrupted by the shut-down. In recognition of their importance to our community and the economic disruption that they too have suffered, the City of Fresno City Council has allocated $500,000 in grant funding for Fresno non-profits.

The program funds are intended to target nonprofit organizations whose services have been interrupted by the COVID-19 crisis, most notably emergency services for veterans, seniors, children, and youth, as well as domestic violence victims and unemployed workers. Examples of services include food banks and emergency housing, public and mental health services including counseling and job placement and retraining services. Download the complete Program Guidelines.

This program is separate from the $1,500,000 dedicated to the Fresno Arts and Culture Emergency Relief Grant Program to help museums, performing arts programs, and local artists and administered by the Fresno Arts Council.

Available Grant Distributions

$5,000 = annual operational budget of $5,000-$50,000
$10,000 = annual operational budget of $50,000-$250,000
$20,000 = annual operational budget of $250,000 and above

The City of Fresno Save Our Non-Profits program will help recipients cover:

  • payroll and benefit costs
  • rent or mortgage payments to avoid eviction or foreclosure
  • utility fees except for utilities managed by the City of Fresno e.g. water and garbage bill
  • property capital improvements related to social distancing or other public health requirements
  • operational, equipment or property modifications to adapt to longer-term changes in customer behavior e.g. shifts to online ordering and home delivery and unstable economic conditions interruptions to supply chains and the potential for future closures, general recession conditions

Grant funds may only be used to directly support services provided primarily to the City of Fresno residents; they may not be used for grants or funding for other organizations, medical or scientific research, scholarships, or tuition.

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for a grant, a non-profit must meet all the following conditions:

  • Operate as an autonomous entity or local chapter within City of Fresno city limits with services offered primarily to City of Fresno residents
  • Must have been created at least one year prior to March 4, 2020
  • Must have total annual reported revenue of at least $5,000
  • Must be able to show a loss of income due to the COVID-19 crisis that is greater than the value of any related government funding including PPP, EIDL and government contracts derived from CARES Act Funding
  • Must be able to provide a valid and current IRS Form 990 showing proof of status as a:
    • 501(c)3 Public Charity
    • 501(c)19 Post or Organizations of War Veterans
  • Non-profit must have a mitigation plan in place for any code violations related to the delivery of services in the City of Fresno
  • The following types of non-profits are ineligible: educational institutions of all sizes, hospitals and outpatient treatment clinics, group homes, athletic leagues or teams, professional associations, retirement associations, alumni groups, research institutions, fraternities/sororities, grant-making or endowment funds, media organizations, 501(c)3 Private Non-operating Foundations, endowment funds, Parent-Teacher Groups, any non-profit formed to support a single organization, churches of any denomination or any entity whose mission asks its representatives to proselytize for a religious creed as part of the delivery of services. Non-profits whose primary officer is a City of Fresno employee or an immediate family member of a City of Fresno employee are also excluded.

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COVID-19 Programs
List of NTEE Codes for Eligible Non-Profits

The following list of NTEE codes associated with a 501(c)3 Public Charity filing is to be used as guidance for eligibility. These non-profit types are consistent with Save Our Non-Profits objectives but you are not required to know your code, nor does this list by itself determine qualification for the program.

  •  501c3 Public Charity filed with the following NTEE codes
    • B01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
    • B90 Educational Services and Schools – Other
    • B92 Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement
    • B99 Education N.E.C.
    • C01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
    • C20 Pollution Abatement and Control Services
    • C30 Natural Resource Conservation and Protection
    • C32 Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation, and Management
    • C34 Land Resources Conservation
    • C35 Energy Resources Conservation and Development
    • C41 Botanical Gardens, Arboreta, and Botanical Organizations
    • C42 Garden Club, Horticultural Programs
    • C50 Environmental Beautification
    • C60 Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs
    • C99 Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C.
    • D20 Animal Protection and Welfare includes Humane Societies and SPCAs
    • D50 Zoo, Zoological Society
    • D60 Other Services
    • D61 Animal Training, Behavior
    • D99 Animal Related Activities N.E.C.
    • E01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
    • E19 Nonmonetary Support N.E.C.
    • E70 Public Health Program
    • E86 Patient Services – Entertainment, Recreation
    • F01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
    • F21 Alcohol, Drug Abuse Prevention Only
    • F30 Mental Health Treatment
    • F42 Rape Victim Services
    • F50 Addictive Disorders N.E.C.
    • F53 Eating Disorder, Addiction
    • F60 Counseling Support Groups
    • F60 Counseling Support Groups
    • F70 Mental Health Disorders
    • F80 Mental Health Association, Multipurpose
    • F99 Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C.
    • G01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
    • I19 Nonmonetary Support N.E.C.
    • I20 Crime Prevention N.E.C.
    • I21 Delinquency Prevention
    • I70 Protection Against and Prevention of Neglect, Abuse, Exploitation
    • I72 Child Abuse, Prevention of
    • J20 Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training
    • J22 Employment Training
    • J30 Vocational Rehabilitation includes Job Training and Employment for Disabled and Elderly
    • K30 Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs
    • K31 Food Banks, Food Pantries
    • K99 Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C.
    • L20 Housing Development, Construction, Management
    • L21 Public Housing
    • L22 Senior Citizens’ Housing/Retirement Communities
    • L25 Housing Rehabilitation
    • L40 Low-Cost Temporary Housing includes Youth Hostels
    • L41 Temporary Shelter For the Homeless
    • L50 Housing Owners, Renters Organizations
    • L80 Other Housing Support Services
    • L81 Home Improvement/Repairs
    • L82 Housing Expense Reduction Support, Rent Assistance
    • L99 Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C.
    • M20 Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services
    • M40 Safety Education
    • M99 Other Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness, and Relief N.E.C.
    • O01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
    • O20 Youth Centers, Clubs, includes Boys/Girls Clubs- Multipurpose
    • O21 Boys Clubs
    • O22 Girls Clubs
    • O23 Boys and Girls Clubs Combined
    • O30 Adult, Child Matching Programs
    • O31 Big Brothers, Big Sisters
    • O51 Youth Community Service Clubs
    • O52 Agricultural, Youth Development
    • O53 Business, Youth Development
    • O54 Citizenship Programs, Youth Development
    • O99 Other Youth Development N.E.C.
    • P01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
    • P19 Nonmonetary Support N.E.C.
    • P20 Human Service Organizations
    • P28 Neighborhood Center, Settlement House
    • P30 Children’s and Youth Services
    • P33 Child Day Care
    • P40 Family Services
    • P42 Single Parent Agencies/Services
    • P43 Family Violence Shelters and Services
    • P44 Homemaker, Home Health Aide
    • P46 Family Counseling, Marriage Counseling
    • P50 Personal Social Services
    • P51 Financial Counseling, Money Management
    • P52 Transportation Free or Subsidized
    • P58 Gift Distribution
    • P60 Emergency Assistance Food, Clothing, Cash
    • P62 Victims’ Services
    • P75 Senior Continuing Care Communities
    • P80 Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations
    • P81 Senior Centers/Services
    • P82 Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
    • P84 Ethnic/Immigrant Services
    • P85 Homeless Services/Centers
    • P86 Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services
    • P87 Deaf/Hearing Impaired Centers, Services
    • P99 Human Services – Multipurpose and Other N.E.C.
    • Q01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
    • Q20 Promotion of International Understanding
    • Q21 International Cultural Exchange
    • Q30 International Development, Relief Services
    • Q32 International Economic Development
    • Q33 International Relief
    • Q40 International Peace and Security
    • Q71 International Migration, Refugee Issues
    • Q99 International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security N.E.C.
    • R01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
    • R20 Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups
    • R22 Minority Rights
    • R24 Women’s Rights
    • R26 Lesbian/Gay Rights
    • R30 Intergroup/Race Relations
    • R40 Voter Education/Registration
    • R99 Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C.
    • S01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
    • S20 Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement
    • S21 Community Coalitions
    • S31 Urban, Community
    • S80 Community Service Clubs Kiwanis, Lions, Jaycees, etc.
    • S81 Women’s Service Clubs
    • S82 Men’s Service Clubs
    • S99 Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C.
    • T40 Voluntarism Promotion
    • T50 Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion General
    • T99 Other Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking Foundations N.E.C.
    • W01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
    • W30 Military/Veterans’ Organizations
    • W70 Leadership Development
    • W99 Public, Society Benefit – Multipurpose and Other N.E.C.
    • X01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
  • 501c19 Post or Organizations of War Veterans filed with the following NTEE code
    • W30 Military/Veterans’ Organizations

The deadline for submitting applications is 11:59 PM PST on Sunday, November 29, 2020.

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Fresno Arts and Culture Emergency Relief Grant

Arts and culture organizations including all non-profits filed with NTEE codes A01-A99 should apply separately to this program. You must apply separately for these two grant opportunities.

Apply to the Fresno Arts Council