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Costs Incurred Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Nonprofit Relief Fund

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San Diego and Imperial Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, City of Escondido, The San Diego Foundation (SDF), and The Escondido Community Foundation (ECF)

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08/11/22 5:00 PM PT


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Grants to California nonprofit organizations serving residents in eligible areas to mitigate the impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Eligible uses of funds include costs incurred due to the health crisis and related safety restrictions including business closures and interruptions. Eligible applicants are nonprofits located in or serving the City of Escondido.

The City of Escondido in partnership with The Escondido Community Foundation and The San Diego Foundation is pleased to provide the Nonprofit Relief Fund. The City of Escondido, thanks to funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, The Escondido Community Foundation and The San Diego Foundation, is pleased to offer grants for nonprofits located in Escondido and/or serving the residents of Escondido.

  1. Priority consideration will be given to nonprofits located in or primarily serving the following economically disadvantaged areas: Opportunity Zone
  2. Priority for nonprofits that focus on the following issues: performing arts, music and culture; early childhood education; senior services; and, organizations involved in health, nutrition and well-being of the residents of Escondido.
  3. Priority for nonprofits that did not receive allocations through such programs as the Paycheck Protection Program, Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, California Relief Grant, and/or the City’s Small Business Relief Fund. Having received this type of financial assistance shall not disqualify an applicant from receiving a grant under this program.

Eligible costs are only those costs incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the health and safety restrictions such as business interruptions or business closures incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The following are the eligible uses of grant funds:

  • All employee expenses including payroll costs, health care benefits, paid sick, medical, or family leave, and insurance premiums
  • Working capital and overhead, including rent, utilities, mortgage principal and interest payments (excluding mortgage prepayments), and debt obligations (including principal and interest) incurred before March 1, 2020 (For example, to be an eligible debt obligation, the loan agreement, promissory note, etc., as applicable, must have been entered into before March 1, 2020)
  • Costs associated with reopening business operations after being fully or partially closed due to state-mandated COVID-19 health and safety restrictions and business closures
  • Costs associated with complying with COVID-19 federal, state, or local guidelines for reopening with required safety protocols, including but not limited to equipment, plexiglass barriers, outdoor dining, PPE supplies, testing, and employee training expenses
  • Any other COVID-19 related expenses not already covered through grants, forgivable loans, or other relief through federal, state, county or city programs
  • Any other COVID-19 related costs which are not one of the ineligible uses of funds

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 204330

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations that meet the following criteria are should apply:
1. Located in or serve the City of Escondido
2. Have a demonstratable decline in revenue or service due to COVID-19

A nonprofit is not eligible to apply if:
- It is not currently located in the City of Escondido or serving the residents or businesses of the City of Escondido
- It is in one of the following industries:
Adult entertainment
Arms dealer
Any other exclusion noted by the American Rescue Plan act
- It does not have a demonstrated decline in revenue or service due to COVID-19

Pre-proposal Conference:

Application assistance in person at the Escondido Community Foundation (900 Canterbury Place, Suite 300, Escondido, CA 92025)
- Thursday, May 26th, 2022 – 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
- Friday, May 27th, 2022 – 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM
- Thursday, June 23rd, 2022 – 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
- Friday, June 24th, 2022 – 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM
- Thursday, July 28th, 2022 – 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
- Friday, July 29th, 2022 – 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is: August 11, 2022 by 5 p.m. (PT)

Please note the grant program is not first-come, first-served. Decisions on awardees will not be made until the application window closes. Accuracy of the application is more important than getting it in early during the window. Only submit one application. Applications are not reviewed until after the window closes.

- Application Period: May 12 through August 11, 2022 by 5 p.m. (PT)
- Applications will be reviewed within 30 business days from August 11, 2022 when the application closes.
- No grant notifications will be sent until the last part of September 2022.

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Priority consideration will be given to nonprofits located in or primarily serving the following economically disadvantaged areas: Opportunity Zone -

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