This grant is now closed.
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The Marion County Hospital District (MCHD) established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help nonprofits address the immediate needs of our county’s most vulnerable residents who are impacted by COVID-19. MCHD partnered with the Community Foundation for Ocala/Marion County to implement the COVID-19 Relief Fund.
MCHD encourages Marion County nonprofits to take advantage of the Community Foundation resources to learn whether they may be eligible for the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loans through the Small Business Administration.
If a COVID-19 Relief Fund grantee later receives PPP or other government funding for expenses listed in their COVID-19 Relief Fund budget proposal, they must notify MCHD immediately. The grantee should propose a plan to reallocate these funds to other essential COVID-19 crisis expenditures. If MCHD does not approve the proposed reallocation, the grantee must return the funds, or request that they be converted into an interest-free bridge loan.
The COVID-19 Relief Fund’s intent is to assist critical nonprofits with increased demand for services due to COVID-19. Funding will be directed to nonprofits with deep roots in the community and a strong track-record serving Marion County’s vulnerable populations.
The Marion County Hospital District will consider grant requests from nonprofits serving vulnerable populations with basic needs (food, housing, living expenses, etc.) if they had significant reduction in funding due to COVID-19 or an increased demand in services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grants will be directed to organizations with the greatest capacity to serve citizens for each service category.
Grants are expected to range between $5,000 to $25,000 and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. 501(c) nonprofit organizations and public agencies are eligible to apply for additional funds as needs arise. Requests will be reviewed by the Marion County Hospital District and the Community Foundation for Ocala/Marion County. Grants will be awarded as quickly as possible.
- Grants were open to 501(c) nonprofit organizations and other public agencies serving Marion County residents only.
- For-profits and individuals are not eligible
- Administrative expenses
- Expenses covered by a Payroll Protection Program forgivable loan or other government relief
- Academic or medical research
- Funding to schools and public agencies that would supplant tax-supported, mandated services
- Annual fundraising campaigns or events
- Creation of, or addition to, endowment funds
- Payment of debt or legal settlements
- Political or partisan purposes
- Subcontracting services
- Capital projects
- Event sponsorships
The Marion County Hospital District does not support organizations that discriminate in their employment practices, volunteer opportunities, or delivery of programs and services on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristics protected by law.
This grant is now closed. COVID-19 Relief Fund grant applications can be submitted at any time while funds are available. Grantmaking decisions will typically be made within two to four weeks of receipt of the proposal.