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Coronavirus Relief Fund Nonprofit Application

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Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Introduction

In March 2020, the CARES Act was passed to support the public with navigating the current COVID-19 pandemic. With its establishment, the CARES Act also established the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) and appropriated $150 billion to the Fund. The CRF is to be used to make payments for specified uses to States and certain local governments. On May 4, Governor Cooper signed Session Law 2020-4 and a subsequent bill (HB 1023) to appropriate $300 million to 97 counties based on population size. Chatham County received funds based on this allocation. In an effort to support Chatham County’s nonprofits as they adapt to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chatham County Manager’s Office has adopted a CRF reimbursement process to reimburse nonprofits in Chatham County for eligible COVID-19 related expenses up to $10,000 per agency. 

CARES Act Requirements for CRF

The CARES Act provides that reimbursements from the CRF to nonprofits must meet the following requirements: 

  1. Are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and 

  2. Were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020, and ends on December 30, 2020. 

CRF Eligible Expense Categories

All reimbursement requests must fit within these five categories:

  • Public health expenses such as the acquisition of personal protective equipment and other medical supplies, disinfection of public areas and other facilities such as nursing homes, and expenses for public safety measures, including expenses for quarantining. 

  • Medical expenses including the COVID-19 related expenses of public hospitals and clinics, establishment of temporary medical facilities, COVID-19 testing, and public telemedicine capabilities. 

  • Payroll expenses for public safety or healthcare employees whose services are substantially dedicated to responding to the COVID-19 emergency. 

  • Expenses of actions that facilitate compliance with COVID-19 related public health measures such as teleworking, distance learning, food delivery, paid sick and family and medical leave for public employees, expenses for maintaining prisons, and expenses for protecting the homeless population. 

  • Expenses associated with the provision of economic support in connection with the COVID-19 public health emergency. 

Questions about eligible expenses should be directed to Courtney Cooper-Lewter, Chatham County Management Analyst, by email ( or phone (919-545-8328). 

Eligible Applicants

Agencies who are certified in the FY21 United Way or Chatham County Nonprofit funding cycle are pre-approved for eligibility for CRF reimbursement. Agencies who have not been certified, will need to go through a vetting process for the sole purpose of eligibility for CRF reimbursement. If you have questions about your agency’s certification status, please contact Hilary Pollan, Community Partners Analyst, by email ( or phone (919-545-8408).

CRF Application Process

A kick-off webinar for the CRF Application Process was held on Monday, July 13th, 2020.  The webinar reviewed the funding eligibility, requirements, application, evaluation criteria, and expectations for reporting. Watch a recording of the webinar HERE and/or review the presentation Slides with Notes HERE

Applications will open on Monday, July 13th, 2020. All applications and additional documents are due on July 31st, 2002. A second and third round of reimbursement funding is a contingent on fund availability.

Organizations are required to apply online through Foundant. Access the application HERE.

If you have any other questions about the application or would like to discuss your proposal, please reach out to Courtney Cooper-Lewter, Chatham County Management Analyst, by email ( 

The Management Analyst will also be providing virtual-office hours during the application cycles. Sign up for office hours using THIS form.

Important Dates

CRF Webinar Kick Off                                July 13th, 2020

First Round Important Dates

Application Opens                                      July 13th, 2020

Office Hours with Management Analyst     July 14th, 2020 – July 31st, 2020

Deadline                                                     July 31st, 2020

Second Round Important Dates

Application Opens                                     TBD

Office Hours with Management Analyst    TBD

Deadline                                                    TBD  

Evaluation Criteria

Coming soon.

Additional Resources

To learn more about the CARES Act and the corresponding Coronavirus Relief Fund, review these resources: 


If you have any questions, please contact:

Courtney Cooper-Lewter, Management Analyst – Chatham County Manager’s Office

Email: Phone: 919-545-8328


Last Updated July 2020