In this newsletter:

  • Emergency Rent Assistance Program
  • Heading Back to the Office?
  • Racial Equity in the Nonprofit Sector Forum
  • Important Surveys
  • Member Events
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Shout Outs
  • Articles of Interest
  • Coming Up at NPW
 

The New York State COVID-19 Emergency Rent Assistance Program (ERAP)

The long-awaited $2.4 billion program for tenants and landlords for rent arrears related to the COVID-19 pandemic opened on June 1 across the state. Here's what need to know to apply.

Westchester County (except Yonkers) will be using the main statewide web portal for applications, run by the Office of Temporary Disability (OTDA)Go to https://otda.ny.gov/erap to get started.

Additionally, Westchester County has provided funding to various nonprofits to assist low income tenants who are behind in their rent in applying for the program, including by providing them assistance with compiling their required documents and submitting their application through the NYS portal. These non-profits have been assigned to cover roughly the following geographic regions, and may be good options if a tenant would like to talk to a third-party about their application.

The City of Yonkers is directly administering its own local version of the program. Although an information page will launch today at https://www.yonkersny.gov/, there will not be a web portal for applications. Instead, tenants will be directed to apply directly through any of 5 non-profits working with the City on this program. They are:

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM DETAILS AND ELIGIBILTY INFORMATION

For more information, please check https://otda.ny.gov/erap or https://www.yonkersny.gov for updates.

 

Heading Back to the Office Soon?

Our friends at Sharc Creative have offered to share their On Hold Messaging solution on a trial basis NPW Members and Sponsors. On hold messaging can help engage your callers, tell your story, and provide value.  

Keep callers engaged with updated information about potential revisions as we head back to the office, as well as an exciting schedule of opportunities. Showcase your brand and highlight what makes your brand so special. Sharc would be willing to write, produce and allow the messaging to be used licensing free right now through July 31 as businesses are coming back to the office.

No obligation plan now through July, and if you decide to use the program after the trial, Sharc will offer you a NPW discounted plan going forward. (Plans range from $600- $1225 a year). Sharc's website has industry samples, an extensive music library and a professional voice talent pool to glean over to help with the process.  They currently work with Nonprofits including The Child Care Council, Today's Students Tomorrow's Teachers, The YMCA and WIHD.

 

Racial Equity in the Nonprofit Sector Forum

Taking Action: Charting an Anti-Racist Path Forward in Westchester’s Nonprofit Sector
June 29, 9:30 - 11:30 AM

NPW seeks your input! At NPW's Racial Equity Forum on February 23rd, participants identified four focus areas to advance racial equity in the nonprofit sector.  Our next step is to examine these focus areas and develop recommendations designed to advance meaningful change in the nonprofit sector. The format will include facilitated small discussion groups. 

Led by: Dr. Alexandria Connally, CEO and Founder of Culturally Responsive Environments and Discipline. Read Dr. Connally’s Bio HERE. Watch the recording of the February 23rd Racial Equity Forum Here.

Register Here
 

Important Surveys

As we move into the future, now is the moment to ask ourselves some important questions:

  • How can Feeding Westchester be the best possible partner throughout the community?
  • How can we be stronger together in new ways?

Feeding Westchester Community Impact initiative is intended to provide support to our partner agencies, colleagues in the anti-poverty space and the clients we all serve.

Community feedback received from you, as well as from the clients we serve together, will help inform our strategic plan and craft our future. Please take a few minutes to provide your great input!

  • If your organization does not currently partner with Feeding Westchester, please fill out this survey.

  • If your organization does currently partner with Feeding Westchester, please fill out this survey.


NPW and Charles Newman Co.

In the face of ever-increasing costs and onerous compliance requirements for Nonprofit organizations, NPW and Charles Newman and Company created the following survey to gauge your interest in banding together to participate in a packaged, group discounted program for payroll, insurance, and HR and Compliance tools. If there is enough member interest, NPW would work to engage with providers to serve NPW member nonprofits.

Please take 2 minutes to fill out this brief survey now.

 

MEMBER EVENTS

 
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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

 

Governor Cuomo Announces $105 Million In Grant Funding For Nonprofit Arts And Cultural Organizations And Artists

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today the availability of $105 million in critical arts and cultural funding through the New York State Council on the Arts, including a program to reinvigorate near-term live performances that opens for applications Wednesday. The grants will aid in the arts sector's multi-year recovery from COVID-19 and spur the revitalization of New York's creative economy, which fosters $123 billion annually in economic activity and supports more than 500,000 jobs statewide. Find the full press release here, and more information will be posted on NYSCA's website this week. 

Youth Employment and Training Services RFP

The County of Westchester acting by and through its Department of Social Services, Office of Workforce Investment, on behalf of the Westchester-Putnam Local Workforce Development Board is requesting proposals from qualified proposers to provide employment and training services for youth under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, PL 113-128, and its implementing regulations. Access a PDF for more information here. The entire text of the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act can be accessed at here.  

Nonprofit FEMA Resources

To mitigate the pandemic’s impact on nonprofits, New York State is launching a targeted initiative to provide information and training to NON-MEDICAL Private Nonprofits (PNPs) and intermediary organizations applying for FEMA funding to reimburse costs incurred as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

PNPs and their umbrella organizations are invited to FEMA overview sessions, hosted by the Division of the Budget (DOB) and the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES), offering an overview of the FEMA public assistance process as well as a number of COVID-19 disaster specific topics and policies that FEMA has implemented, including new and updated policy and guidance recently released by FEMA. 

Access a PDF with more information here. For more details on the initiative and related resources, please access the Grants Gateway site.

Governor Cuomo Announces $750M in State Economic Development Resources

Governor Cuomo launched Round XI of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, officially kicking off a new decade of economic development in a post-pandemic recovery. The 2021 funding round includes more than $750 million in state economic development resources. The Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) is now open, enabling businesses, municipalities, not-for-profits and the public to begin applying for assistance from dozens of state programs for job-creation and community development projects. 

New Funding Opportunity from The Youth Grantmaking Board
The main objective of this program is to assist organizations that help address major needs in the community of Port Chester. Any organization serving Port Chester residents is welcome to apply for a grant. The YGB will award $10,000 in grants this cycle. Grant awards will range from $1,500 to $9,500 in addition to mini grants for individuals up to $500. The funding priorities this year are food security and literacy/education, though proposals for any project that meets the needs of Port Chester residents are welcome. Apply here by June 21st at 5pm!

Community Capital & Westchester County Grant Program

This opportunity, which provides grants up to $10,000, is for eligible small businesses located in lower-income areas across the county that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Grants can only be used to reimburse eligible business expenses as of September 1, 2020. The program is subject to the limits, rules, and regulations, and uses set forth by the HUD CDBG-CV, even if not explicitly listed. Take the Eligibility Quiz Now to see if your small business qualifies. 

Grants Available for Accessibility Modifications to Your Home
Westchester Residential Opportunities is making free grants available under our Funding for Accessibility Modifications Program. This grant program is designed to make housing more accessible for individuals with physical disabilities, to promote independent living. Download a written description of the program and eligibility requirements here

Elias Activist Fellowship Program
The goal of the program is to strengthen and build social justice movements by developing activists’ skills and capacities in the Hudson Valley. The Foundation hopes to identify and support the work of people from the grassroots (local movement building) and/or frontline communities (those hardest hit by injustice and inequality). Elias Foundation is now accepting applications for its Activist Fellowship Program. Learn more and apply here.

New Fund to Empower Youth & Invest in BIPOC Communities 
The Foot Locker Foundation, the charitable arm of the shoe company, is working together with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation to launch a $3 million program that will fund nonprofit serving youth in communities of color in New York City and other cities. The Local Initiatives Support Corporation will issue a request for proposals on May 1.

 

SHOUT OUTS

Jirandy Martinez, Executive Director, Community Resource Center for her quote in in Coalition Launches Campaign To Guarantee Right To Counsel For New York State Tenants - Harlem World Magazine.

  • “As we brace ourselves for the eviction crisis looming in the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis and beyond, we implore that we continue to push for a statewide Right To Counsel for the tens of thousands of community members at risk of eviction,” says Jirandy Martinez, Executive Director of the Community Resource Center of Larchmont and Mamaroneck. “In Westchester, 1 in 10 Westchester County residents are renters – of those the majority being from the Black and Latinx communities. Only 7% of tenants have legal representation during an eviction. Housing is a human right yet many in our own community are at the risk of losing their homes. An eviction or the threat of eviction is traumatic for renters. We can prevent further trauma and provide a more cost-effective solution than shelters in Westchester and across New York State. Support the Right To Counsel!”

Judith Watson, CEO, Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center for joining the NPW Emerging Leaders Program Class of 2021 this month. Judith led the group in an engaging discussion on the critical role of Federally Qualified Health Centers, social determinants of health, access to care and health care disparities. We can’t thank Judith enough for taking the time to meet with us and inspire us all. 

IMPACT 100IMPACT100 Westchester Announces Winners of $306,000 in Grants During Virtual Event on June 8th

ARTICLES OF INTEREST


Seven Ways to Design a Better Bus System - by Laura Rossi and David Bragdon, Westchester Business Journal

COMING UP AT NPW

 

 

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