Are you a Salem cultural or heritage focused non-profit organization in need of financial support due to effects of the COVID-19 pandemic? Help is now available for Salem 501.c3 organizations with a physical presence open to the public, that have been under a mandatory change-in-service, or closure, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The City of Salem is committed to supporting community non-profits affected by the pandemic, "We know that many of our local cultural and heritage-focused non-profits have endured many challenges as a result of COVID-19. We are hopeful that access to these grants can assist them," said Salem Mayor, Chuck Bennett.
The Salem City Council has dedicated $25,000 to distribute grants up to $5,000. Grant will be reimbursements for funds utilized in a two-month period.
Grant applications will be available on the City's website on Mon., Aug.17, 2020 at 8 a.m. All applications must be submitted by Wed., Aug. 19, 2020 at 5 p.m. to be eligible. Funding decisions will be made via lottery.
Priority will be given to organizations that have not accessed other COVID-19 financial assistance programs. Only 501.c3 non-profit organizations with a cultural or heritage focus that are located within the Salem City limits and have a physical location in the community will be funded. Service organizations are not eligible. To verify whether an address is in the city limits, visit the City's website.
The City expects to launch two additional grant programs for small businesses later this summer and early fall.