Nonprofits that have provided services to stem food insecurity, reduce isolation, educate youth and address other needs during the COVID-19 pandemic can apply to be reimbursed by the city through the federal stimulus grant.

Local nonprofits that provide these services from March to November are encouraged to apply for up to $150,000 by Monday, Dec. 7.

Details related to scope areas, eligibility requirements and submission instructions are available at PlanetBids. The city has also developed a video with instructions on how organizations can submit a proposal.

“Nonprofit organizations are at the core of so much of the good work we do here in Long Beach,” Mayor Robert Garcia, said in a statement. “They have answered the call to action during these past several months and CARES Act funding is now available to reimburse for activities that were not already grant funded. We strongly encourage them to apply.”

Activities that will be supported include (but are not limited to):

  • Food security (i.e. food distribution, food gift cards, food delivery, etc.)
  • Reducing social isolation for people isolating at home to reduce COVID exposure or for those who became COVID positive (i.e. friendly caller programs, flyer distributions, warm line operations, etc.)
  • Mental health programming/supportive services (i.e. distribution of therapeutic kits for children, virtual support groups, training for providers, etc.)
  • Provision of educational supports to children 0-18 as a result of virtual education (i.e. school supplies, developmental supplies, etc.)
  • Provision of digital access (i.e. virtual meetings technology, training for clients to use virtual platforms, technology equipment for children to use for school or therapy access, etc.)
  • Provision of or navigation to other basic needs (i.e. distributions of toiletries, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, PPE, medication deliveries, diapers, case management, etc.)
  • Provision of supportive services to assist individuals infected with COVID-19 to safely isolate in their homes
  • Homeless sheltering and support for persons experiencing homelessness