8 local non-profits get total of $250K in CARES Act funding

Funding agreements between Bloomington’s HAND (Housing and Neighborhood Development) Department and eight local nonprofits totaling $253,862 were approved by the city’s redevelopment commission on Monday night.

The money is coming from a supplemental allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, which was made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

When its notice of available funding went out in May, HAND said it would consider applications ranging from  $5,000 to $50,000. Three of the non-profits that had agreements approved on Monday received the maximum award: Boys & Girls Club, Hoosier Hills Food Bank, and Shalom Community Center (now Beacon).

The city’s May press release said HAND had received $525,656 of supplemental funding. Monday’s agreements fell about $270,000 short of that total.

Asked if HAND was leaving CARES Act money on the table, HAND director Doris Sims said, “We didn’t leave it on the table. We did have more applicants who applied.” She added that the additional applicants had asked for funding that did not meet the requirements under the CARES Act.

Sims said HAND is looking to make a second round of CARES Act funding, with a notice to that effect expected in November. Sims said she hopes the rest of the CARES Act funding could be awarded by the end of December.

Table of RDC CARES Act funding agreements Oct. 19, 2020

Non-Profit Amount Purpose
Boys & Girls Club $50,000
for the provision of services for expanded youth services due to increased need because of COVID
Hoosier Hills Food Bank $50,000
for increased public need for food due to COVID
Shalom Community Center (Beacon) $50,000
for increased staffing for hunger, health, and supervision support due to COVID
New Hope for Families $33,862
for staffing needs in response to COVID and supplies for shelter, childcare and cleaning
Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard $25,000
for the provision of services for salaries for pantry staff to provide increased food assistance needs due to COVID
My Sister’s Closet $25,000
for an increase in staff to provide client programming on women’s empowerment due to COVID
New Leaf New Life $15,000
for increased staffing for expansion of services and programming due to COVID for individuals in and out of incarceration
Middle Way House $5,000
for the provision of services for PPE for emergency shelter during client intake due to COVID