First round of Community Recovery Grants awarded

First round of Community Recovery Grants awarded
The Food Bank of Northern Nevada's Produce on Wheels truck delivers fresh produce to seniors in rural communities. Image: FBNN

CARSON CITY–The first round of Community Recovery Grants, the result of the Nevada Recovers tour to distribute federal COVID-19 recovery funds, was awarded Thursday. Four nonprofits received $1.9 million of the total $30 million available through the grant opportunity.

More than half of the funds–$993,512—were awarded to Goodwill of Southern Nevada for a workforce development program for certified nursing assistants and medical assistants.

Baby’s Bounty, also in Las Vegas, received a little more than $200,000 for diapers and baby supplies for at-risk families.

The Food Bank of Northern Nevada was awarded nearly $630,000 to ensure food gets to those most in need, including seniors and children, through programs including Kids Café, Mobile Harvest and food pantry distribution.

Winnemucca’s Family Support Center received nearly $154,000. The outpitient mental health and wellness organization will use the funds to help serve additional clients and reduce wait times.

The intent behind the funding, which was announced in December 2021, is to channel some of the billions in American Recovery Act funds provided to Nevada to existing nonprofits to provide direct and immediate community services. Applications for the nonprofit grants were due Jan. 3, and the state reported receiving responses from 337 agencies.

Millions more dollars were awarded to state and local programs to strengthen and support existing programs. Among them:

  • $836,619 to the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation for modernization of the state’s unemployment insurance system.
  • More than $20 million to strengthen the state’s nursing apprenticeship program.
  • $5.75 million to restore funding lost from federal sources for Victims of Crime services.
  • $7 million for the Transforming Opportunities for Toddlers and Students (TOTS) program, which provides $5,000 grants to children with disabilities for everyday expenses such as transportation, housing, assistive technology or healthcare.
  • $5 million for wildfire response, including personnel and equipment.
  • An unspecified amount for electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Source: NV Governor’s Office