American Rescue Plan Act

Washoe County Community Reinvestment Grant Program

The Washoe County Community Reinvestment Grant Program was open between June 1st, 2022 and July 15th, 2022 and offered around $4,000,000 in funding to eligible nonprofits that provide services in Washoe County that can aid in a strong and equitable recovery. The County requested proposals for projects or programs to help the community respond and recover from COVID-19, align with the priorities of ARPA-SLFRF funding, and further the County’s strategic goals.

Awards were announced to all applicants in Fall 2022 and approved by the Board of County Commissioners at the October 25th, 2022 and December 13th, 2022 meetings. 

Board Approval:

Round 1: The first round of Community Reinvestment Grants were awarded at the October 25th, 2022 Board of County Commissioners meeting. Non-profit organizations attended the meeting and provided brief public comments to the Board encouraging them to approve their awards. To view this meeting please click here. Public comments can be viewed starting at 34:24 and the formal presentation from Washoe County staff begins at 2:36:41. The agenda from this meeting can be found here and the staff report can be found here.

Round 2: The second round of Community Reinvestment Grants were awarded at the December 13th, 2022 Board of County Commissioners meeting. Awardees provided public comment to the Board which can be viewed on the Washoe County Youtube with public comment starting at 51:30. The agenda can be found here and the staff report can be found here.  

Round 1 Awardees (Approved 10/25/2022)
Options Veterinary Care $100,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada $31,630
Community Foundation of Northern Nevada $210,985
Project Discovery $49,975
Friends of Black Rock High Rock $49,864
Tu Casa Latina $23,450
Incline Education Fund $50,000
Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts $66,500
Rebuilding Together Northern Nevada  $100,000
Sierra Nevada Journeys $177,655
The Discovery Museum $100,000
Community Services Agency $61,052
Round 2 Awardees (Approved 12-13-2022)
Note-Able Music Therapy Services $255,506
Food Bank of Northern Nevada $110,550
Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada $483,708
Domestic Violence Resource Center $97,130
Nevada Legal Services $243,200
Communities In Schools of Western Nevada $740,512
High Sierra Area Health Education Center (AHEC) $323,750
The Life Change Center $568,042
ReDirect Youth Outreach $133,965
The Empowerment Center $58,230
Northern Nevada Literacy Council $345,485

The grant program is intended to address:

  • Negative economic impacts spurred or exacerbated by the pandemic;
  • Systemic community challenges through improved service delivery; and
  • Planning and preparation for future events that cause service disruptions.

In general, projects will be prioritized that partner or collaborate with existing Washoe County services or address issues related to:

  • Childcare
  • Mental and emotional health and wellbeing
  • Community violence and child neglect prevention 
  • Promote Internet access
  • Outdoor recreation and trails, or
  • Assist individuals to gain skills that will bolster their economic potential. 

Grant Details

Organizations are eligible for either a small grant or a standard grant and will only be awarded one type of grant.

Small Grants Standard Grants 
  • Up to $50,000 to support smaller projects or one-time purchases
  • 12 month performance period
  • No match requirement
  • Limited to one grant per organization
  • $50,001 to $1,000,000 to support larger projects and programmatic efforts
  • 12 - 24 month performance period
  • No match requirement
  • Limited to one grant per organization

Eligible Uses and Restrictions

All projects must satisfy an eligible use allowed by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Final Rule. Washoe County will review your organization’s application for compliance with the eligible use categories of the federal grant funds. The Community Reinvestment Grant Program may fund programs, projects, and services designed to address the impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency and negative economic impacts. Proposals must be reasonable and proportional to the impacts experienced since March 2020. In general, but not limited to, applicants may propose projects that:

  • Achieve equitable outcomes and serve underserved populations,
  • Aid households or populations facing negative economic or public health impacts caused or exacerbated by the COVID-19 public health emergency,
  • Build stronger communities through housing and neighborhood services including recreational opportunities,
  • Promote healthy childhood environments such as after-school programs or services,
  • Improve access to healthcare, behavioral healthcare, substance abuse services, or mental health services,
  • Promote evidence-based interventions in the community.

In general, proposals for economic development or construction of stadiums or tourist destinations will not be considered. Proposed projects should not be used to escalate overhead expenses.

Grant opportunities are for nonprofit organizations. Requirements include:

  • State of Nevada Business License, Silver Flume registration, or Certificate of Good Standing 
  • Nonprofit certificate 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(19)
  • Provide direct services to the Washoe County community
  • Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) and an active registration

Once final proposals are chosen, your organization must provide certificate of insurance and a list of your current board of directors.

In accordance with NRS 244.1505, the Board of County Commissioners may grant all or part of the money to a nonprofit organization created for religious, charitable or educational purposes to be expended for the selected purpose.

Application Forms and Resources

Grant Application Questions and Guidelines

Application Budget Template

Conflict of Interest Attestation Form 

Map of Washoe County Qualified Census Tracts 

ARPA SLFRF Final Rule Overview

How to Avoid Portal Login Issues

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Workshop/Demo RECORDING


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