CDFA is continuing to work diligently to respond to community needs, provide flexibility and deploy resources as quickly as possible to support critical work within New Hampshire communities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are the steps CDFA is taking to respond in this current time, as well as additional information on resources for municipalities, nonprofits and businesses.
Community Development Block Grant CARES Act Funds
Through the CARES Act, the State of New Hampshire was allocated approximately $5.4 million to be deployed under the Community Development Block Grant program to respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19). These funds, known as CDBG-CV, are to be used specifically for the prevention of, preparation for, and response to COVID-19. Based on CDFA’s assessment of community needs and broad public input from various stakeholders, CDBG-CV funds will be deployed as follows:
- Public Services: Municipalities can access approximately $3.7 million in CDBG-CV funds to support eligible Public Services. High-priority services include childcare, food banks, legal services, as well as health, mental health and substance abuse services, among others. New Hampshire counties, cities and towns can sub-grant these funds to eligible nonprofits serving their communities. The CDBG-CV Public Service application will be available via CDFA’s Grants Management System (www.nhcdfagrants.org) beginning Friday, July 24. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, September 25, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Additional information and resources for municipalities and nonprofits interested in applying for funds can be found on CDFA’s Resource Hub.
- Microenterprise Technical Assistance: An allocation of up to $850,000 will be dedicated to augmenting the existing Microenterprise Technical Assistance Program to provide eligible New Hampshire microenterprises with direct grants up to $2,500. The Microenterprise Technical Assistance Program helps foster economic development by supporting organizations that provide a full range of entrepreneurial training and technical assistance services to low- and moderate-income micro-business owners and start-ups (those with fewer than five employees). For additional information, contact Kevin Peterson, Director of Economic Development, at email@example.com.
- Economic Development: Up to $500,000 in funds will be used to support other economic development needs in 2021. Additional program guidance on the use of these funds will be forthcoming.
- Emergency Housing and Public Facilities: Housing and Public Facilities projects that clearly demonstrate consistency with the directive of the CARES Act to prepare for, respond to or recover from the COVID-19 pandemic; and, which also meet CDFA’s CDBG Emergency Program criteria may be submitted through the CDBG Emergency Program application process. Applicants with potential projects must contact CDFA for a pre-application meeting to determine if the proposed project meets the criteria. Additional information is available here.
NH Nonprofit Response Fund
CDFA and the Business Finance Authority launched the NH Nonprofit Response Fund in April 2020 to provide nonprofit organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with resources for working capital, equipment purchases and programming expenses. Funded in part by contributions from the business community, these resources are assisting New Hampshire’s nonprofits meet community needs and helping microenterprises become more resilient during this time of crisis and economic disruption. More information is available here. The fund is not currently accepting applications.
NH Emergency Nonprofit Relief Fund
The NH Emergency Nonprofit Relief Fund is a fund of the Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery. The fund’s grant program is being administered through a partnership of the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the NH Community Development Finance Authority. The application is now closed. Please visit the GOFERR website for more information.
CDFA continues to work with a variety of partners to ensure our response is aligned with evolving needs of municipalities, nonprofits and businesses amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Please provide feedback or make specific inquiries on resources available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for Current Grantees and Borrowers Resources for Municipalities Resources for Nonprofits Information for Donors and Businesses
Information from the State of New Hampshire is available at https://www.nh.gov/covid19/.
If you or someone in your community has questions about COVID-19 call 2-1-1. Phone dial: 1-866-444-4211. TTY: 603-634-3388.