The Ocean County Board of Commissioners has opened a second grant application for non-profits to specifically cover the costs of complying with public health orders, stay at home orders and social distancing requirements during the coronavirus pandemic.
“I want to strongly encourage our nonprofit agencies that have helped Ocean County residents to apply for this funding,” said Director of the Ocean County Board of Commissioners Gary Quinn. “This money can help in their efforts to continue to provide help to those that have been adversely affected by the coronavirus.”
Nonprofit agencies have until July 15 to submit a grant application for the compliance funds. Grant applications can be found on the Ocean County website at www.co.ocean.nj.us. Applicants can also call 1-833-753-9671 for assistance.
Eligible expenses can include costs to comply with public health orders, stay at home orders, and social distancing requirements.
In addition, technology purchased specifically to comply with public health and safety requirements and facilitating remote work to comply with COVID-19 social distancing requirements including laptops and software licenses for new telework will also be covered.
The Ocean County Board of Commissioners has been receiving grant applications from nonprofits to cover the cost of expenditures and increased community needs that would not have otherwise been incurred absent the COVID 19 public health emergency.
Those applicants do not need to reapply if their original application included costs for coming into compliance with public health orders and social distancing requirements. Applications that were previously submitted will be reviewed based on the eligibility criteria inclusive of this compliance allowance.
Ocean County has received 42 applications for the nonprofit grant program during the first round of applications.
Any 501(c)3 nonprofit entity that can provide the necessary information including financials and has eligible costs can apply to cover costs related to complying with public health orders.
The Ocean County Board of Commissioners has allocated $25 million in CARES funding to the Ocean County COVID 19 Response Non-Profit Program.
“When the coronavirus pandemic began to spread across Ocean County, the lives of so many of our residents were affected,” Quinn said. “So many of our citizens lost jobs as businesses were forced to close, others felt the health impacts from getting the virus, our homes were turned into classrooms as schools closed, child care was not as readily available, food insecurity and housing instability increased dramatically.”
Quinn added that in order to meet the growing needs of Ocean County residents, many non-profit organizations increased their assistance and outreach in the communities, helping with food distribution, providing personal protection equipment, administering COVID 19 tests, assisting with COVID 19 vaccination distribution and community outreach.
“Non-profit agencies have extended a lifeline to many of our residents, especially our most frail and vulnerable senior and disabled residents during the coronavirus pandemic,” Quinn said. “These non-profits also needed to comply with all of the public health orders including stay at home orders and social distancing requirements resulting in unanticipated and additional costs.”
Successful grant recipients will be based on meeting all eligibility criteria as outlined on the program webpage.
“We deeply appreciate all of the effort that has been made by these dedicated non-profit organizations, many with the assistance of volunteers, who have worked tirelessly to help the residents of Ocean County during this very challenging time,” Quinn said.