Community Resiliency Grants

About the Program

On July 27, 2021, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors passed and adopted Resolution 21- 339 approving the Request for Applications (RFA) and award selection procedures for the Community Resiliency Grant Program and authorizing the Purchasing Division to advertise for qualified applications.

The County solicited RFAs from eligible entities with programs and projects that respond to the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and are designed to increase resiliency, support recovery, and provide relief. The County encouraged applications for services, programs, and projects from our community-serving organizations and institutions that increase resiliency, build capacity, and leverage other resources. 

Recognizing the pandemic’s impacts on civic engagement, these grants are intended in part to support the community gathering places at the heart of our social and cultural life. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Community centers
  • Arts and cultural centers
  • Granges
  • Senior centers
  • Veterans’ centers
  • Daycare centers
  • Family resource centers
  • Recreational centers

These places are often where some of the most impacted and vulnerable community members such as children, at-risk youth, and seniors are served – many of whom have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic as well. (Applicants were not required to have a publicly accessible location but should demonstrate how they serve the community.)

The “Community Resiliency Grants” Program provides one-time grants to eligible entities including nonprofit organizations, for-profit businesses, and special purpose districts. The “Community Resiliency Grants” were capped at $100,000. Applicants were instructed to make their grant request in an amount that reflects their overall organization size, capacity, and alignment with ARPA intent. The County reserved the right to recommend an amount less than the total requested.

Funds may cover costs from March 3, 2021 through December 31, 2024. However, funds may be used to assist businesses and nonprofits for economic harms experienced prior to March 3, 2021, and in this program the County requires that funds must be spent by December 31, 2024. Awardees are required to submit quarterly “Project and Expenditure Reports” until the funded project is complete.

Selection Process

The County formed a 9-person evaluation panel, comprised of 6 community leaders and 3 staff members, who reviewed and scored the responses to select the top-ranked entities based on the evaluation criteria published in the RFA and compliance of proposed use of awarded funds with Federal guidance regarding eligible uses of ARPA funds. The evaluation panel presented its recommendations to the County Executive Officer, Alison Lehman, who developed the final recommendation.

Grant recipients are responsible for providing quarterly reports beginning in January 2022. 

Grant Recipients

Grant RecipientAward Amount

South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL)


Bear River Recreation and Park District


Interfaith Food Ministries


Truckee River Watershed Council


Bear Yuba Land Trust


Tahoe Truckee School of Music


League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County


KidZone Museum


Music In the Mountains


San Juan Ridge Community Library


Truckee Downtown Merchants Association


Golden Empire Grange #806


Penn Valley Community Rodeo Association


Sierra Community House


Woolman at Sierra Friends Center


Gold Country Senior Services


Habitat for Humanity


Grass Valley Downtown Association


Gateway Mountain Center


Bright Futures for Youth


Curious Forge


Child Advocates of Nevada County


Nevada Theatre Commission


Neighborhood Center for the Arts


Rough & Ready Grange


Nevada County Arts Council


Nevada City Chamber of Commerce


Local Planning Council for Child Care Development


Community Beyond Violence


Synergia Learning Center