City allocates $30 million in relief for non-profits affected by Covid-19

Posted on Aug 9, 2022 in Hot Topics

Mayor Rick Blangiardi announced that the City and County of Honolulu will be allocating $30 million in relief for non-profit organizations that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Non-profits may be eligible to receive up to one-hundred thousand dollars ($100,000). These funds will be awarded to qualifying non-profits on a first-come, first serve basis until funds are exhausted.

“Because non-profits operate on a cost-reimbursement basis, it is very difficult for them to overcome financial hardships,” said Mayor Rick Blangiardi. “Without the cushion of a profit margin, they simply are not as resilient a for-profit commercial businesses. It doesn’t take much to sink even the most successful non-profit, and my administration is interested in growing our City’s non-profit resource capacity versus allowing vital organizations to shrink because of COVID-19. The work that they do for the people of the City and County of Honolulu is just too important.”

Funds awarded through this process may be used as working capital to cover day-to-day operating expenses such as rent/lease payments, mortgage payments, asset maintenance, utility expenses, payroll and benefits costs, Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for internal organization use or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of operations that have not been covered by other federally supported programs or an insurance claim.

The City and County of Honolulu Department of Community Services (DCS) will be directly administering this program reviewing grant applications for completeness, determining whether the non-profit meets the eligibility guidelines, determining the amount of award based on the application and distributing funds to qualified applicants.

To be eligible to apply for the City’s program, each non-profit must meet certain criteria established by the City and the guidelines set forth by the U.S. Department of Treasury for utilizing ARPA funds under the SLFRF program.  The non-profit must also demonstrate the need for economic support resulting from financial hardship caused by declines in revenues such as the loss of donations or fundraising revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Examples of economic harm include, but are not limited to:

  • A decline in charitable donations and gifts as a result of COVID-19 restrictions affecting regular fundraising events.
  • Staffing inefficiencies related to COVID-19 restrictions, workplace exposures or infections
  • An operating loss due to carrying costs of a facility that went unused or under-utilized during the pandemic due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions

Non-profit organizations seeking to apply for funds must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for funding:

  • Applicant must be a 501(c)3 non-profit organization on Oʻahu and primarily provide direct assistance and services to Oʻahu residents;
  • The non-profit must have been established long enough to have two complete tax filings for years 2019, 2020, and 2021;
  • The non-profit must be able to document and substantiate that it has experienced an economic loss due to COVID-19 and its associated impacts.
  • The amount requested cannot exceed the amount of economic loss due to COVID-19 minus any COVID relief grants or subsidies that have already been received that are applicable to those costs;
  • The non-profit must submit the application, and all the required supporting documentation;
  • The non-profit must provide Equity information as required in the application; and
  • The non-profit must be in good standing with the DCCA and provide a current Certificate of Good Standing.

The City is not currently accepting applications but will begin accepting applications as soon as early September. However, non-profits are encouraged to begin gathering the necessary paperwork that must be included with their application. The following documents must be submitted with the application:

  • Non-profit organization 2019 & 2020 tax returns (must include IRS Form 990, 2021 if available).
  • In the event a completed 2021 Form 990 is not available, the non-profit shall provide its financial statements with a signed attestation on the accuracy of the statements provided.
  • In the event the non-profit’s Form 990 includes the operating results from other States and or Counties of the State of Hawaiʻi, operating revenues and expenses attributed to Oʻahu should be disaggregated – the non-profit shall provide its financial statements of its Oahu operations with a signed attestation on the accuracy of the disaggregated estimates provided.
  • Certificate of vendor compliance from, Hawaii compliance express
  • Current Certificate of Good Standing from Hawaiʻi DCCA.
  • Current List of Current Board Members and affiliations.
  • Current Non-Profit organization By-laws.
  • Current IRS Form W-9.

Non-profits who would like to be notified when applications are being accepted are invited to subscribe to the Department of Community Services Funding Opportunities email list by clicking the following link: