Grant program has been adjusted to cover costs related to technology and connectivity.

The Freeholder Board reminds all Union County non-profits that the deadline is nearing for the Union County CARES Act Non-Profit Grant program. Eligible non-profits should submit applications before Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, to ensure that application review takes place before the end of the year.

The CARES Act Non-Profit Grant program provides financial support to reopen, or remain open safely while providing county residents with supports and services during the pandemic. It covers PPE, cleaning supplies, partitions, and other supplies necessary to enable nonprofits to continue their operations during the pandemic. More recently, the County expanded allowable expenditures to cover some technology equipment and services costs.

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“As Union County residents are still feeling the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many of our local non-profits continue to reconfigure work spaces and make adjustments so they can continue to provide valuable resources and services,” said Freeholder Chair Al Mirabella. “The Freeholder Board encourages all non-profits within Union County to submit their applications as soon as possible so as to obtain grant funding that is critical to their ongoing operations.”

“In response to the growing need for remote working capabilities, the Union County CARES Act Non-Profit Grant program now also covers the technology and connectivity necessary for organizations to continue to serve the community,” said Mirabella.

The Union County CARES Act Non-Profit Grant program was approved at the September 3rd regular Freeholder Meeting and was allocated $4 million in CARES Act funding. The grant supports the ongoing work of approximately 200 local non-profit organizations that provide critical services that support the County’s prevention, preparation, and ongoing response to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

To qualify for the Non-Profit grant each applicant must:

  • have an office physically located and operated in the County of Union;
  • have evidence that the organization serves County of Union residents;
  • have evidence of local needs specific to COVID-19 impacts;
  • be operating and registered with the State of New Jersey as a 501(C)(3); and
  • disclose if it has received any other CARES funds, how much was allocated, and how the funds were used.

To access the Non-Profit Grant application and grant Information Sheet visit https://ucnj.org/non-profit-grant-application.

For additional information and questions about the CARES Act Non-Profit Grant, contact the Union County Department of Human Services Action Line at (888) 845-3434 / (908) 558-2288 or email uccaresnonprofit@ucnj.org.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including guidance for using the Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University and a list of locations for walk-up tests, visit ucnj.org/coronavirus-update. For general information about COVID-19 and phone contacts for 24/7 assistance with questions, visit the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.