Hillsborough County’s R3 Program to Provide Financial Assistance for Nonprofits

Program to help with facility, operations, and working capital costs; online application available now

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Oct. 12, 2020) – Many of Hillsborough County’s nonprofit organizations have stepped up to serve the community in impactful ways since the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic began, providing residents in need with essential services from employment- and financial-related support to mental health and food assistance.

To ensure that certain qualified nonprofit agencies have the support they need to continue serving local residents, Hillsborough County has partnered with the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to launch and administer Phase II of its Rapid Response Recovery (R3) Nonprofit Safety Net program that assists Hillsborough County nonprofit agencies affected by COVID-19.

The funding aims to provide financial assistance to nonprofit agencies with revenues greater than $100,000 in Hillsborough County affected by COVID-19 for facility, operations, and working capital costs. Qualified agencies will be awarded funds based on the agency’s revenues, as reported on their most recently filed IRS Form 990.

Financial assistance is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis while funding remains available.  The funding is part of a financial assistance program and does not need to be paid back.

Complete program guidelines and full eligibility criteria, as well as the direct link to the online portal, can be found at HCFLGov.net/R3SafetyNet. It is recommended that nonprofit organizations complete their application all at once to ensure that it is submitted before the funding is exhausted.

To qualify, nonprofit agency must meet all of the criteria below:

  • Principally based within Hillsborough County, including City of Tampa, Plant City, and Temple Terrace
  • Provide essential services such as housing, homeless assistance, mental and physical health, dependency, food, employment related services, household/financial counseling, and services related to vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19
  • Must have reported annual revenues of at least $100,000 on most recently filed IRS Form 990
  • Currently active, open and operating (in person or virtually)
  • Must be legally registered, fully licensed as a nonprofit and up to date on business tax payments/filings
  • Directly impacted by COVID-19 in one of the following manners:
    • Suffered evident economic injury
    • Forced to increase/decrease services or labor
    • Modified its facility or facilities and/or operations to comply
    • Complied with safety and health standards

Get Connected. Stay Alert.

For more information on COVID-19, and any other potential emergency in the county, visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe and sign up for the HCFL Alert system. Additionally, you can follow Hillsborough County on social media at Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor for updates. For general County information, call (813) 272-5900, the County’s main information line.




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