The City of Largo is launching a grant program for nonprofit organizations funded by American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. This grant is intended to provide support to qualified 501(c)(3) and 503(c)(19) tax-exempt organizations that provide safety net services (food, education, counseling, childcare, etc.) to Largo residents. The grant application will be open from August 15- November 15, 2022.
Please review the grant details on this website and in the informational packet. If you have additional questions or need assistance with this application, please contact Mecca Serfustini at [email protected] or 727-587-6700 Ext. 7423 to schedule an appointment.
Pinellas County is also launching a grant program for nonprofit organizations for small and large capital purchases; to learn more, visit PinellasCF.org/grants/arpa/arpa-nonprofit-capital-project-fund.
- Fully licensed 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(19)
- Active, open, and operating (in person or virtually)
- Current on tax payments/filings
- Independently audited statement from the most recent year can be accepted for those that are not required to submit an IRS form 990, 990-N or 990-EZ
- Provide City of Largo residents with essential safety net services covering:
- Housing stability services (including shower, laundry, and hygiene products), congregate living safety services, medical services, substance abuse services, food services, elder care services, training and adult education services, mental health services, abuse services, or childcare and education services, and mentoring services
- Physically located within the City of Largo planning service area, or
- Provide essential safety net services to impacted City of Largo residents that is not otherwise offered within the City of Largo
- Directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in at least one of the following manners:
- Lost revenue due to pandemic-based causes, e.g., due to shutdowns, lost sponsorships, inability to hold fundraising events
- Incurred unplanned costs to comply with safety and health standards and/or reopening requirements, e.g., modifying facilities for social distancing
- Incurred unplanned costs for new programming designed to assist those disparately impacted by the pandemic and its economic effects
- Incurred unplanned costs for technology to enable virtual work
- Operating for 12 months prior to application submission
- Exceptions to this requirement will be made on a case-by-case basis, and will require a site visit by City staff
- Must attest to not using requested funds for the same costs for which funding was previously received via a separate initiative, project, or program
- Lost revenue due to pandemic (fundraiser losses / cancelations, etc.)
- Increased costs for:
- Compliance with safety and health standards or reopening requirements; or
- Technology to enable virtual working; or
- Assistance to those disparately impacted by the pandemic and its effects (expanding office hours to meet needs, additional resources to match community demand, etc.)
- See the Frequently Asked Questions section for specific examples of eligible uses.
- Level I – Revenue levels up to $49,999 shall be awarded $10,000
- Level II – Revenue levels from $50,000 to $99,999 shall be awarded $15,000
- Level III – Revenue levels from $100,000 to $499,999 shall be awarded $20,000
- Level IV – Revenue levels over $500,000 shall be awarded $25,000
- IRS Form 990: All pages of your filed IRS Form 990, 990-EZ or 990-N as referenced above, or an independently audited financial statement, or an independently reviewed ﬁnancial statement.
- Signed W9 Form: A signed copy of your W9 Form as a pdf file. The address listed on your W-9 must match your physical location in the City of Largo. Download a blank W9 Form
- Proof of Physical Location: One piece of documentation verifying the nonprofit’s physical location within the City of Largo. Acceptable documentation will include the name of your nonprofit organization and its City of Largo address. Examples include current property lease/deed, recent utility bill (no older than two months), recent bank or credit card statement, insurance policy or paid premium bill; and
- Physical Location Verification Letter: A statement on agency letterhead stating why the address listed on your IRS Form 990 does not match your City of Largo location and affirming that any monies awarded under this program will be utilized for expenditures incurred at the Largo location. This letter should be placed on agency letterhead and signed by the CEO, Executive Director, or Board Chair.
- Supporting Data: The count or percent of each program that serves City of Largo residents. This must be well documented and not estimates; and
- Narrative: A detailed narrative explaining why the organization serves City of Largo residents.
- Open Largo ArcGIS: Largo GIS Viewer
- Type in organization address (or service area) and see if it is in the highlighted City limits (shown as the colored-in area of the map)
- If your organization's address (or service area) is not in the City limits, click the map layer icon 4. In the map layers search bar, type in "Planning" and then click on the "Largo Planning Service Area" option and see if your organization's address (or service area) is within the planning service area border
- The awardee will be required to produce online follow-up reports describing how the funding was used.
- Awardees will submit reports through the city provided online form on a quarterly basis or until the funds are completely spent.
- For specific examples of required reporting documentation, please see the Frequently Asked Questions section
Frequently Asked Questions
Unplanned/increased costs to comply with safety and health standards or reopening requirements: Funds claimed under this category may be used for costs associated with modification of facility or operations to allow for social distancing, including but not limited to workspace dividers, splash guards, personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning supplies and services, sanitizing supplies and stations, COVID-19 tests.
Unplanned /increased technology costs to enable virtual working: Funds claimed under this category may be used for costs associated with virtual work, including but not limited to computers, tablets, internet service, telephones, and service.
Unplanned/ increased costs to assist those disparately impacted by the pandemic and its effects: Funds claimed under this category may be used for costs associated with any program or service increase that is not funded by another source. This can include the purchase of supplies that are distributed or needed to administer the program or service; payroll increases to recruit or maintain employs; costs associated with operating outside of the organizations normal operating hours to serve those in need.
- If you canceled a fundraiser between March 31, 2021 and today due to COVID-19 pandemic, that lost revenue can be covered by the Safety Net Grant.
- If you raised half of the funds, you would normally raise in a fundraiser; you can claim that gap as a result of the pandemic.
- That is, you don’t have to have canceled the fundraisers just showed a loss (e.g., if your 990 or financial audit shows a decrease)
- If you lost money or had to cancel a December 2020 fundraiser but that funding typically goes to fund programs after March 31, 2021, then that would be eligible.
- For example: Would need to see verification that Winter fundraisers typically fund the following year’s spring/summer activities
- Go to: https://portal.neighborlysoftware.com/largo/participant
- Select ‘Register’ in the top right-hand side of the screen
- Enter the name of the organization submitting the application, the email that you want to receive notifications to, and your desired password
- Press Continue. A confirmation email link will be sent to the email address provided above
- Access email inbox and confirm email address through the link sent
- Return to the site listed above and sign in using your email address and password
Keep for Audit Records: Any attendance sheets, client records, or other documentation used to compile the analysis or report.
- Formal notification of cancelled fundraiser (email, mailer, etc.) ; or
- Multiple IRS Form 990 that demonstrates a decrease in revenue from before the pandemic. One must be from 2019 and the other from years 2021 or 2022. Florida PTAs may use the PTA Annual Audit / Financial Review Form to reflect revenue changes; or
- Trend analysis or report that serves as an official document of the organization
- Purchase receipts
- Service contract (new contracts to support remote work)
- Statement from vendor that includes:
- Item description
- Total cost incurred
- Date of purchase
- Trend analysis of costs (three year minimum)
- Written explanation (the why)
- My 2019 IRS Form 990 states that I received $5,000 in revenue from fundraising, and I cancelled my 2021 fundraiser... Up to $5,000 of my grant award may go towards lost fundraiser revenue.
- My 2019 IRS Form 990 states that I received $5,000 in revenue from fundraising, and my 2021 IRS Form 990 states that I received $1,000 in revenue from fundraising. Up to $4,000 of my grant award may go towards lost fundraiser revenue.
- I purchased four plastic barriers in April 2021. I can claim 100% of this cost towards my grant spending.
- I purchased hotspot service in 2020, 2021 and 2022 to allow my staff to work remote. I can claim 100% of costs accrued after March 3, 2021.
- My food pantry increased in demand, so we started staying open an extra three hours. I hired an extra person to assist during these hours (these two sentences make up the why). I may claim 100% of the increased utility bills for staying open later, and 100% of increased payroll not already covered by a different funding source.
Gasoline in excess amounts is eligible when attributed to:
- A building utility due to additional hours available to clients
- An employee hiring or retention incentive/bonus
General increased gasoline prices are not eligible. The United States White House does not attribute rising gas process to the COVID-19 pandemic.