Graphic with text COVID-19 Relief Fund Review Process


To assist low and moderate-income residents economically impacted by the COVID-19 virus consistent with NC General Statute (G.S.) 160A-456




To provide one-time operating support to increase the capacity of select local non-profit organizations that serve the following populations impacted by COVID-19:

  • Residents without health insurance and/or paid sick leave
  • Individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Healthcare workers
  • Hospitality and service industry workers displaced or having their hours reduced because of the virus
  • Communities of color with crisis needs caused by the virus
  • Unauthorized immigrant populations with crisis needs caused by the virus

The City will provide one-time grants to local non-profit agencies to assist people in the populations noted above. The City will not provide direct grants to individuals.

Grantee Eligibility Requirements

  • Must carry on a public purpose consistent with G.S. 160A-209
  • Must serve one of the target populations listed above
  • Must be a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit or in the process of applying for tax-exempt status
  • Must meet two of the following organizational requirements:
  • “Current-Active” status to conduct business in the State of North Carolina, as confirmed by the N.C. Secretary of State
  • IRS Form 990 for last reporting period of operation
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • By-laws
  • Organizational policies (e.g., personnel, formal non-discrimination, etc.)
  • Current Board of Directors
  • Financial review or audit of last reporting period of operation

Grant Awards

Grants will not exceed $100,000.

Report Requirements

  • Monthly progress reports to include the following:
    • Program(s) employed to provide assistance
    • Demographic data of individuals receiving assistance, including race, age, gender, and residency (i.e., zip code)
    • Workload (e.g., clients served)
    • Outcomes achieved
  • Monthly financial reports to include the following:
    • Revenues received in support of program(s) employed to provide assistance
    • Expenditures incurred to provide program(s)


Funds shall not be used to pay for any personal expenses of the officers and employees of agency.

In addition, City funds shall not be used to cover general administrative salaries, only program expenses.


All applications are submitted through the COVID-19 Response Fund portal. Applications will be forwarded to City staff for initial review to ensure agencies meet the criteria and eligibility requirements noted above.

Vetted applications will be forwarded to the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee for consideration for grant awards.

In addition, a list of all applicants, including those not selected for funding consideration, will be provided to the committee. 

Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC)

  • Committee will include the informal appointment of three ad hoc grassroots members who will participate fully in meetings and provide input on grant awards but will not be voting members.
  • Nominations for these ad hoc members will come from Council Members.
  • Grant awards will be based on a majority vote of the committee.
  • Members may request to review the applications of agencies not selected for funding consideration.

CBOC Meeting to Review Applications

Communications About Process

Final grant awards will be released to the public and media.

City staff will provide daily updates on the process to Mayor Joines and the City Council.

Questions? Email Ben Rowe.

Flowchart of COVID-19 grant awarding process