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Hamilton County rolls out $5.5M grant program for nonprofits, domestic violence support services

Posted at 12:02 PM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 15:16:49-04

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ohio — The county is rolling out a $5.5 million grant program aimed at helping nonprofits eliminate some of the financial burden caused by the pandemic.

Commissioners approved $5 million in grants for nonprofits and $500,000 for domestic violence support services, Commissioner Denise Driehaus said.

“They are trying to fill the tremendous need in our community while fighting the financial burden of COVID-19,” Driehaus said.

Demand at nonprofit organizations has increased dramatically since the start of the pandemic, assistant county administrator Holly Christmann said.

“We understand there has been increases in demand for services as well as an increase in cost for those services,” Christmann said.

Nonprofits that are eligible are those that provide essential social and family services, including those that provide access to food, substance abuse services, mental health services, foreclosure assistance and workforce development.

The funding is part of the $142 million the county received in CARES Act funding.

Nonprofits can apply for a grant starting Wednesday. The applications close Aug. 26.

Click here for more information on applying for the grant.