COVID-19/Coronavirus Update

Nonprofit Assistance Program

Published: 09/01/2020



for non-profit assistance program

and food pantry support


On August 4, 2020, the Riverside City Council approved the revised Expenditure Plan for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) funding from the State of California totaling $27,991,888 for all programs, services and equipment. A portion of that funding has been allocated to assist food pantry and nonprofit organizations with COVID-19 related expenditures.

  • Food Pantry Support Program: $320,000
  • Non-Profit Assistance Program: $1.5 million

Award Amounts

Food Pantry Support Program: Up to $8,000| Non-Profit Assistance Program: Award Amounts: From $1,500 to $24,000

Eligibility Period of Expenses:

March 1, 2020 through December 30, 2020

All grant funds awarded to a non-profit organization must be spent on qualifying activities by December 30, 2020. All unspent funds must be returned by December 30, 2020.

Required Report:

A one-page, fillable, PDF Final Report will be required with supporting financial documentation, which may include receipts, statements, etc., on how funds were used and the impact on your operations.

Application Submission Deadline:

September 28, 2020


Download Guidelines Download Application Fillable Report Reopening Plan Form

Descarga Guía Descarga Aplicación Descarga Reporte Formulario de Plan de Reapertura



  • Non-profit, public benefit organizations with evidence of tax-exempt status under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and not classified as a private foundation. Fiscal sponsors are welcome.
  • Non-profit, faith-based organizations with evidence of tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3)
  • 501(c)(6) organizations such as Business leagues, Chambers of Commerce, Real Estate Boards, and/ or Boards of Trade are also eligible to apply
  • Non-profits must be headquartered or have an office in the City of Riverside
  • Non-profits must have less than 50 employees
  • Non-profits who have received less than $100,000 in assistance from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
  • Non-profits with budgets of less than $750,000

What CAN be funded?

  • Contract labor
  • Supplier payments
  • Rent, lease or interest on mortgage payment (for real property used for business purposes, like storefront or warehouse, excluding personal residence)
  • Rent, lease or purchase payments for business property (e.g., delivery vehicle; food truck; equipment, technology, payment, and communications systems and equipment)
  • New or expanded technology applications and Wi-Fi services
  • Utility payments for business properties, excluding personal residence
  • Cost of critical business operations (raw materials, food, marketing expenses, etc. payments)
  • and
  • PPE, sanitation supplies and equipment

What CANNOT be funded?

  • Damages covered by insurance
  • Payroll or benefits expenses for employees whose work duties are not substantially dedicated to COVID-19 programming or work
  • Reimbursement to donors for donated items or services
  • Legal Settlements
  • Severance Pay
  • Workforce bonuses other than hazard pay or overtime
  • Expenses for the State share of Medicaid
  • Expenses that will be reimbursed under any other Federal program





1. Download Application

2. Complete all required fields on the application and save file as YOUR ORGANIZATION NAME – CARES ACT COMMUNITY SUPPORT

3. Please email the following items: to SPECIALEVENTS@RIVERSIDECA.GOV

  • Completed, saved application (File Title: YOUR ORGANIZATION NAME – CARES ACT COMMUNITY SUPPORT)
  • Current 501(c) (3) or 501(c)(6) final determination letter from the IRS
  • Safe Re-Opening Plan (per Riverside County Guidelines – use attached form
  • 2020 operating budget (current calendar or fiscal year) to SPECIALEVENTS@RIVERSIDECA.GOV

4. Business must be in good standing and authorized to transact business in the State of California and City of Riverside.
A Safe Reopening Plan per the Riverside County Guidelines must be emailed to SPECIALEVENTS@RIVERSIDECA.GOV to receive funds



There will be weekly Microsoft Teams Meetings to assist applicants through the process.

Training Dates


CARES Act Training - September 17, 2020 at 3:00pm


CARES Non-Profit Assistance and Food Pantry Support FAQs

  1. I am having difficulty and need assistance.  Contact your CARES Act Liaison or email us at specialevents@riversideca.gov .  Please see the liaisons’ contact information at the end of this document.
  2. How do I know if I qualify? This grant targets non-profits headquartered in the City of Riverside or servicing the City of Riverside. To find the eligibility requirements please visit our grant page: Riverside CARES Non-Profit and Food Pantry Support Page.
  3. If I get this grant, how much time do I have to spend it?  The window of opportunity is short. The Federal Government has given cities a limited time to spend the CARES money, so if you need to get estimates for a project, get those done now, and plan to spend your grant dollars as quickly and efficiently as possible, within the scope of the grant’s parameters.
  4. If I applied for and received funding from other sources, can I still qualify for this one? Yes, if you received less than $100,000 in assistance from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). Check additional eligibility requirements on our page. 
  5. How do I submit my application and supporting documents? Send your application and supporting documents to specialevents@riversideca.gov with the subject line: CARES ACT COMMUNITY SUPPORT GRANT.
  6. I don’t have a business license, or my business license lapsed during COVID-19 shutdowns. Can I still apply? Yes. You will just need to apply for or renew your business license. That can be done very quickly online from the City’s Business Page or by calling the Finance Department at (951) 826-5465.
  7. My organization has an operating budget exceeding $750,000; can I still qualify? Non-Profits with operational budgets exceeding $750,000 may not qualify for the grant; however, if you have an established program or organization that utilizes your space with an operating budget that is less than $750,000, that organization may apply and use you as a Parent Organization or Fiscal Sponsor.

EX: A Church has an operating budget that exceeds $750,000; however, a Substance Abuse Program with an operating budget that is less than $750,000 and uses the Church to hold meetings or collaborate with the Church may qualify.

  1. I am applying for a Program under a Parent Organization; do I list the program under the “Organization Name”? Yes, enter the name of the program for which you are applying on the “Organization Name” line and complete the "Affiliated with a ‘parent organization” field.  Be sure that the name of the parent organization matches the name on the IRS determination letter.
  2. May I apply for funding to mitigate general operating expenses or do they  have to be expenses specifically in response to COVID-19? If your organization’s designated donations or funding for a specific service has decreased due to COVID, then you may apply to help mitigate that loss. Please note: the grant funding is intended to assist with current operational costs and not to start up new services (unless those services are a specific response to the pandemic, such as equipment that is purchased so that employees may telecommute).
  3. I am interested in applying to receive funding for rent assistance; how do I know if I qualify? Non-profits with offices located within the City of Riverside limits may apply for rental assistance for traditional office space; home offices do not qualify.
  4. I am interested in applying to receive funding for utility assistance; how do I know if I qualify? Utilities managed under Riverside Public Utilities or the City’s Public Works Department (including trash and sewer) do not qualify. Utilities that may qualify are gas, extended Wi-Fi, telephone services, etc.
  5. What do I do with the grant money when it is received?  All monies must be spent and verified (attach receipts, banks statements, cleared checks, etc.) through a final report (located on the application website) no later than December 30, 2020 or unspent funds must be returned.



Josaline Cuesta:  jcuesta@riversideca.gov or 951.826.2077

Meghan Eastin:  meastin@riversideca.gov or 951.826.5663

Krystal Erickson:  kerickson@riversideca.gov or 951.826.5408

Cynthia Wright:  cwright@riversideca.gov or 951.333.7665


For questions, contact:
(951) 826-2077