Non-Profit Partnership Grant Program


The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides $350 billion in aid to state, local, Tribal, and territorial governments to be used for economic relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic for “assistance to households, small businesses, and non-profits, or aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel and hospitality.”

Fort Bend County received an allocation of $157 million of which a portion has been budgeted for the non-profit partnership grant program.

Non-profit impact needed as follows:

  • Improve outcomes for local communities and residents traditionally left behind
  • Enable non-profit organizations to hire more personnel and deliver services on which members of the community depend for their own relief and recovery
  • Expand to provide more services especially where the needs are increasing

Types of entities supported by ARPA Grants:

  • Non-profits organizations that were most impacted by the pandemic
  • Non-profit organizations that addressed critical needs within the community, such as emergency food assistance, long-term housing and emergency shelter, technology support, childcare, youth empowerment, transportation, employment services, and health care services.
  • Targeted assistance to the non-profit organizations that were historically less likely to be approved for federal support

Fort Bend County ARPA Non-profit Grant Program Eligibility Criteria, if applicable:

  • Non-profit organization must be operational, located in, and serving Fort Bend County
  • Documentation of Non-profit status (signed and dated articles of incorporation and by-laws)
  • Loss of Revenue (based on IRS Form 990, 2019 & 2020)
  • Increased Expenses (based on IRS Form 990, 2019 & 2020)
  • Documentation of increased demand for ‘Existing Services’ (number of clients/cases/meals/etc. needing service)
  • Special Projects related to providing ‘Post- COVID-19 Services’ to Fort Bend residents

Other Eligible Uses (Not all inclusive):

  • Fundraising losses due to Pandemic
  • Program Expenditures impacted by fundraising activities (food, education, etc.)
  • Programs and Services focused on COVID-19 response and prevention
  • Operational Expenses and Equipment
  • Capital Improvements
  • Other approved County defined priorities

Typical Project types:

  • Economic Development
  • Emergency Food Assistance
  • Public Health
  • Mental Health Support
  • Family Violence & Child Abuse prevention, services, and support for victims
  • After-school programs for kids
  • Support non-English speaking communities through language translation and targeted outreach of existing resources and new resources
  • Technology Access
  • Residential assistance programs for seniors
  • Food preparation and delivery services to support people in need
  • Job Training & Placement
  • Revenue Replacement
  • Shelter/Prevention of Homelessness
  • Long-term care

Information Needed from Non-profit Applicant:

  • Application
    • Documentation of Non-profit status
    • IRS Form 990, 2019 & 2020
  • W9
  • Documentation of number of clients/cases/meals/etc. & associated costs
  • Special Projects related to providing post COVID-19 services to Fort Bend residents
    • Proposal Form and Scope Summary
    • Budget / Expenditure Pro-forma
    • Measurable Outcomes
    • Compliance Plan


Download the application [PDF]

The signed application above, a brief narrative, and the budget pages are to be completed by eligible applicants. Submission of this application is not a guarantee that a project will be funded. The deadline to submit this application is 12:00 pm (noon) Tuesday, September 21, 2021. The application can be hand delivered or emailed to:

Carol Borrego
Fort Bend County Community Development Department
Address: 301 Jackson Street, Suite 602, Richmond, TX 77469
Phone: 281-341-4410