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New Solano County Grant Program Supports Local Nonprofit Organizations

Feb 14, 2024 11:51AM ● By Small Business Development Center News Release

DIXON, CA (MPG) - Nonprofit organizations based in Solano County that provide reemployment and training related services may be eligible for a new grant program that will fund technological and administrative infrastructure improvements.

The Nonprofit Infrastructure Grant Program opened February 1, 2024, and will provide grants up to $30,000 to eligible Solano County nonprofits. These grants, funded with American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds approved by the County of Solano, will allow organizations to modernize equipment and infrastructure and therefore improve services to clients and the community.

This will also allow nonprofits to bring their operations up to speed in response to new post-COVID business model requirements.

The average grant is expected to be between $5,000 and $10,000. Applicants have the opportunity to submit an application for an amount up to $30,000 but any award may not exceed 15 percent of an applicant’s annual operating budget.

Solano County has designated $200,000 in ARPA funding for this grant program, which is being administered through the Workforce Development Board of Solano County. The Workforce Development Board anticipates approximately 20 nonprofits will receive grant funding.

Awards will be given based on eligibility and the quality of the response from the applicant. Nonprofit organizations must be able to submit verification of their IRS nonprofit classification.

Eligible nonprofits are organizations that are currently open and operating and provide reemployment or training related services in Solano County. Eligible applicants must have been in operation on or prior to Jan. 31, 2021, and can meet basic ARPA and nonprofit eligibility guidelines.

Applicants will be asked to provide detailed plans and cost estimates for how funding will be utilized.

Funds may not be used for wages, benefits, rent or utilities. Some examples of possible uses include, but are not limited to:

-Upgrading computer hardware and/or software

-Purchase of performance, accounting, or compliance tracking tools

-Upgrading check-in or virtual engagement software

-Workflow management tools

-Administrative supplies and equipment

Applications will be accepted until all funds have been utilized. For best consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply by February 26, 2024, at 12 pm. The first round of awardees will be selected by March 4, 2024.

For more information and to apply for grant funding, visit