SA aims to support nonprofits, youth and seniors impacted by COVID

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Nonprofits and organizations serving San Antonio’s youth or seniors will soon be able to apply to the city for a share of $17.5 million in grants from federal COVID-19 relief funds.

The city council unanimously approved the grant programs on Thursday.

“These grants will help our local nonprofits provide services to residents who need them most while building on our mission to make San Antonio a more resilient community,” City Manager Erik Walsh said. “I thank the residents and stakeholders who provided us with feedback on how to allocate these federal funds. »

It includes $10 million for youth services, $5 million for senior services, and $2.5 million for nonprofits and social services.

The city has so far used its $326.9 million in federal pandemic assistance from the American Rescue Plan Act to fill budget holes and cover the costs of COVID-19. In February, city council approved a spending framework for a second round of funds targeting specific areas, like mental health and small businesses, impacted by the pandemic.

Since then, city staff have been working on specific plans for these categories to bring back to city council. Grant programs for arts and artists, immigration services and small businesses have already been approved.

Applications should prioritize education, job training and workforce pathways for young people.

Youth service

San Antonio youth-serving organizations can apply for a share of $10 million. The funds are intended for initiatives that help youth who are transitioning or at risk of gang involvement, coming out of the foster care system, who are homeless or otherwise disconnected.

The education, vocational training and career paths of young people must be given priority in the applications.

Of the $10 million, $100,000 will be set aside for review by the San Antonio Youth Commission.

Services for seniors

An additional $5 million in pandemic grants will be available for organizations serving seniors in San Antonio. Nonprofits and others could get a minimum of $100,000 over two years. Officials will prioritize smaller nonprofits with budgets under $500,000.

Those looking to apply for a grant should help seniors by improving access to transportation, reducing social isolation, connecting them to voluntary or professional work, providing access to local food, providing direct help to people in need or by supporting carers of the elderly.

Associations and social services

The remaining $2.5 million in federal funds approved Thursday will go to nonprofits and social service providers, who will also receive no less than $100,000 over two years.

The grants are intended to help organizations recover from the pandemic, expand services to meet emerging needs, provide direct support to families, and help unemployed and underemployed people access training and employment. find a job.

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