Placer Shares Logo

Frequently Asked Questions 

FAQ for Business Applicants

FAQ for Nonprofits


Business Applicants


Where does this money come from?

Placer County has received funding through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The County Board of Supervisors decided to distribute a considerable portion of that funding to local businesses and nonprofit organizations that have been hard-hit by the pandemic and associated shutdowns and/or provide vital community services. This grant program will distribute those funds. 

How much funding is available through the Placer Shares Grant Program? 

The Placer County Board of Supervisors recently allocated $5 million for additional rounds of business grants, with $2 million earmarked for small businesses and $3 million earmarked for safety-net nonprofits. 

 Of the $2 million for small businesses, the Board allocated approximately $1.2 million to fund all eligible applications to the extension of the Placer Shares Grant Program that closed on October 23. Approximately $800,000 remains to be allocated in Placer Shares Impact Grants. 

What are the sizes of the awards?

Eligible businesses may receive up 2% of their 2019 revenue or $50,000, whichever amount is lower. For example:

  • If your 2019 revenue was $1 million, you may request up to $20,000
  • If your 2019 revenue was $5 million, you may request up to the maximum of $50,000.

 Will I need to pay the money back? Is this a grant program or a loan program?

This is a grant program, not a loan, so you will not need to pay the money back. The only exception is if you do not use all the funds, or if you do not use them in the manner stated on your application.  

 What can funds be spent on?

Per the CARES act, funds must be spent on expenses that occurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdowns OR that are unpaid as a result of economic hardship imposed by business-related mandated shutdowns. Examples include: payroll, rent for your business location, inventory, utilities. In addition, funds can be used for necessary pivots to your business during covid such as constructing outdoor seating or starting mobile operations to offset reduced capacity mandates. During the application process, you will be asked to verify that funds will be used for eligible purposes through a budget template provided. 

 Are funds allocated on a first-come, first-served basis for qualified applicants?

No. No applications will be considered until the application period has closed on November 20, 2020 at 9:59 PM PST.

Eligibility for Businesses


How do I know if my business is eligible for funding?

Before applying, everyone must go through an eligibility screening process, which will determine whether or not their business is eligible to apply. If your organization is deemed eligible, then you will be automatically directed to the application. You can begin the eligibility screening and application process at https://www.placer.ca.gov/shares.

 If you are deemed eligible, you will be automatically directed to the application. If you are deemed ineligible, you will not be able to proceed to the application. After reviewing the eligibility criteria below, please call Sierra Business Council at 530-582-5022 if you believe there has been a mistake in your eligibility process.

Eligibility requirements for businesses:

  1. Must be in one the following sectors: 
    1. Hotels & Lodging
    2. Restaurants (full service, dine-in)
    3. Wineries, Bars, Breweries and Distilleries (providing onsite consumption)
    4. Hair Salons, Barbershops, and Personal Care Services
    5. Gyms & Fitness Centers
  2. Physical location outside of home in Placer County 
  3. In business on or prior to January 1, 2019
  4. 2019 gross annual revenue at least $1 million and no more than $5 million
  5. 10 to 50 employees (as of March 1, 2020 or, for seasonal businesses, at highest staffing level in 2019; full or part time; excluding independent contractors)
  6. Must have been profitable prior to March 1, 2020
  7. Must spend funds on eligible, COVID-related expenses
  8. Must be in good standing with no outstanding taxes, judgments, or liens in Placer County, the State of California, or the federal government
  9. The business is NOT one of the following types of ineligible businesses:
    1. Independent vacation home businesses such as Airbnb or VRBO
    2. Cannabis growers or related businesses
    3. Financial businesses primarily engaged in the business of lending, such as banks, finance companies, and factors (pawn shops, although engaged in lending, may qualify in some circumstances)
    4. Passive businesses owned by developers and landlords that do not actively use or occupy the assets
    5. Life insurance companies
    6. Businesses located in a foreign country (businesses in the U.S. owned by aliens may qualify)
    7. Pyramid sale distribution plans and multi-level marketing businesses
    8. Businesses deriving more than one-third of gross annual revenue from legal gambling activities
    9. Businesses engaged in any illegal activity
    10. Private clubs and businesses which limit the number of memberships for reasons other than capacity
    11. Government-owned entities (except for businesses owned or controlled by a Native American tribe)
    12. Businesses principally engaged in teaching, instructing, counseling or indoctrinating religion or religious beliefs, whether in a religious or secular setting
    13. Loan packagers earning more than one-third of their gross annual revenue from packaging SBA loans
    14. Businesses with a Principal who is incarcerated, on probation, on parole, or has ever been charged or convicted for a felony criminal offense
    15. Businesses in which the Lender or CDC, or any of its Associates owns an equity interest
    16. Businesses presenting live performances of a prurient sexual nature
    17. Businesses deriving directly or indirectly more than de minimis gross revenue through the sale of products or services, or the presentation of any depictions or displays, of a prurient sexual nature
    18. Unless waived by SBA for good cause, businesses that have previously defaulted on a Federal loan or Federally assisted financing, resulting in the Federal government or any of its agencies or Departments sustaining a loss in any of its programs, and businesses owned or controlled by an applicant or any of its Associates which previously owned, operated, or controlled a business which defaulted on a Federal loan (or guaranteed a loan which was defaulted) and caused the Federal government or any of its agencies or Departments to sustain a loss in any of its programs. For purposes of this section, a compromise agreement shall also be considered a loss
    19. Businesses primarily engaged in political or lobbying activities
    20. Speculative businesses (such as oil wildcatting)

 Ineligible Criteria

 What would make my business ineligible to apply for a grant?

Businesses that meet ANY of the following criteria are ineligible:

  • Businesses not in the targeted sectors
  • Businesses with fewer than 10 or more than 50 employees
  • Businesses with less than $1 million or more than $5 million in gross revenue for 2019.
  • Any business NOT in business as of January 1, 2019
  • Any home-based businesses
  • Any businesses not in Placer County
  • Any business that is not eligible according to the SBA 7a Program Eligibility Requirements

Can I apply if I received funds from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)?

Yes, you can apply if you received funds from the Paycheck Protection Program or other pandemic-related grant or loan programs. 

 Can I apply if I already received a grant from Placer Shares?

Yes, you can apply if you already received a grant from Placer Shares. However, this may impact the size of your grant award.

 Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to apply?

No, you do not need to be a U.S. citizen to apply. 

 How does eligibility screening work?

To access the application, you must first pass the eligibility screening, which will determine whether or not your business is eligible for funds. You can begin the application process at  https://www.placer.ca.gov/shares.

What is the reasoning behind the eligible industry sectors? 

Since July, the Placer County Board of Supervisors has allocated over $8 million to fully fund two rounds of $5,000 and $10,000 grants to eligible small businesses. In late October, the Board of Supervisors voted to allocate an additional $800,000 for community impact grants to larger businesses that were, for the most part, ineligible for the previous grants and severely impacted by restricted operations. The industry sectors are based on the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy. 

Back to top ⤴

Applying for the Grant


How do I apply?

You can apply online on this website. You can begin the application process at  https://www.placer.ca.gov/shares.

 When does the application open?

The application period opens on November 12, 2020 at 9 AM. This is NOT a “first come, first served” program, so you can complete your application at any time before the deadline. You can save your in-progress application, so it does not need to be completed in one sitting. Please take your time to complete the application. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted.

What’s the deadline to apply?

No applications will be accepted after the deadline of 9:59 PM Pacific Time on November 20, 2020. There will be no exceptions.

This is NOT a “first come first served” program, so you can complete your application any time before the deadline.

Does the application save once I have started it? 

Your application will AUTOMATICALLY save once you start it. You can leave the application or close the browser at any point, and the application will be automatically saved when you return.

You can also click the “SAVE APPLICATION” button at the bottom of the form to see a summary of your in-progress application.

Do I have to fill out the application online? Can I submit my application via mail or in person?

All applications must be filled out online. No physical applications will be accepted. Applications can be filled out with a mobile phone. If you need help accessing a computer with Internet access, please visit your local library for free access.

How can I get help with my application?

If you need assistance, you can contact Sierra Business Council, the grant administrator, at 530-582-5022, or email [email protected].

I own/operate more than one business or nonprofit organization. Am I allowed to submit an application for each business/nonprofit I own if they meet the qualifications?

No, you may only apply one time even if you own, co-own, or operate multiple businesses or nonprofits. Only one business will be eligible.

My business has multiple locations. How do I know if I qualify? 

Your application answers and financial information must pertain only to any locations in Placer County. 

If my business is declined, may I reapply?

You may not reapply if your application is declined. Please make sure you complete the application accurately and completely. A decline will likely be for ineligibility or incomplete applications. Please see eligibility information above.

What documentation will I need to submit my application?

  1. Complete 2019 business tax return
  2. 2020 year-to-date profit and loss statement
  3. Budget outlining your proposed used of funds (see template here)
  4. IRS Form W-9 (available in English and en español)
  5. ID verification, such as a photo/scan of a driver’s license, Real ID, or passport

Why do I need to fill out a W-9?

The County is required to report CARES Act funding information to the United States Treasury at the end of the year, which is done using W-9 forms. Filling out a W-9 now will help us send out checks more quickly to successful applicants. No funds will be disbursed without a W-9 and applications will be deemed incomplete without the W-9.

Why are you asking for a business financial statement or tax return?

Your financial statements allow us to verify that your business is active in Placer County; was profitable prior to March 1, 2020; practices sound financial management; and is financially viable.

How do I upload the required documents?

When you get to the upload part of the application, you can search your device for the document you need, and then upload it. 

Do I need to submit all the documents? What if I don’t have all the documents that I need to apply?

You must submit ALL the required documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

How can I prove my business was in operation prior on or prior to January 1, 2019?

You will need to attest that your business or nonprofit was in operation by clicking the box on the application. You must also submit your 2019 business tax return. 

What if I have multiple locations for a single business, which address should I use?

Please select what you might consider the “primary” business location. 

What if I accidentally made a mistake or entered incorrect information on my application? 

You can save and edit your application until you submit it. You do not need to complete it all in one sitting. Please take your time on your application and do not submit it until you are sure it is complete and correct.

What do I do if I need a W-9?

You can click to fill out a blank W-9 Form in English or in Spanish.

What is the definition of a woman-, veteran- or minority-owned business?

  • For woman-owned: Be at least 51% directly owned and controlled by one or more women.
  • For veteran-owned: Be at least 51% directly owned and controlled by one or more veterans.
  • For minority-owned: To be certified as a minority-owned business, your company must be at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by a minimum of one owner whose racial or ethnic background is Asian Indian, Asian Pacific, Black, Native American or Hispanic, as defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration 8A program for Disadvantaged Businesses (see 13 CFR §124.103). To read more, please click here.

 Do applicants receive a confirmation that they submitted their application?

Yes, you will receive a confirmation email upon submission of your application.

Back to top ⤴

Selection Process


Are funds allocated on a first-come, first-served basis for qualified applicants?

No. All qualified applicants will be considered together once the application period is closed. The selection process will be conducted by way of an electronic lottery

 How will applications be selected to receive funding?

All applications received between November 12, 2020 and November 20, 2020 at 9:59pm Pacific Time WILL be considered. This is NOT a “first come first served” program.

 Applications will be evaluated and then randomly selected through an independent lottery process. 

Back to top ⤴ 

Receiving Grant Funds


How will I be contacted or know if I will receive a grant?

You will be notified by email in early to mid December. Checks will be mailed in December. Be sure to check your email regularly, including your spam folders. Emails to applicants will come from Placer Shares Grant Program ([email protected]).

Will I be contacted if I do not receive a grant?

Yes, you will be notified by email whether or not you receive a grant.

If I am selected to receive a grant, how much money will I get?

Businesses may receive up to 2% of their 2019 revenue or $50,000, whichever is less.

How will I receive funds?

A paper check will be sent to the address on your application. 

Am I required to set up a new bank account specifically for these funds?

No.

Will there be more grants available in the future?

At this point in time, no additional grant cycles are planned for the Placer Shares Grant Program.

Is my small business taxed on this grant?

The Placer Shares Grant Program cannot provide tax advice to those who receive payments. The administrators recommend that claimants consult with personal tax advisors for any questions regarding tax liability for these payments. Any taxes associated with accepting or using the grant funds are the responsibility of the awardee.

Back to top ⤴

Using Grant Funding


If my business receives a grant, what can I use the money for? What can’t I use the money for?

Grant award funds should be used for business and operating expenses related to Covid-19 hardship. This includes: payroll, rent, inventory, employee benefits or working capital. You will be asked to attest to the use of the funds in your application. 

What’s required of me if I receive a grant? Are there any strings attached?

If selected, you must use these funds for valid COVID-19 related expenses identified in your application. Funds may not be used for a different business or personal expenses. Funding is not transferable. 

Do I have to pay the money back, like a loan?

No. The funds you receive are a grant, not a loan, and do not need to be paid back.

Back to top ⤴ 

Other Questions


My business is struggling, I need help. Where can I go?

You should contact the Sierra Small Business Development Center for free business counseling by sending an email to [email protected].

If I have questions after reading this FAQ, what do I do?

Call Sierra Business Council, the grant administrator, at 530-582-5022, or email [email protected].

Back to top ⤴


Nonprofit Applicants


Where does this money come from?

Placer County has received funding through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The County Board of Supervisors decided to distribute a considerable portion of the funding to local businesses and nonprofit organizations that have been hard-hit by the pandemic and associated shutdowns and/or provide vital community services. This grant program will distribute those funds. 


How much funding is available through the Placer Shares Grant Program? 

The Placer County Board of Supervisors has allocated $5 million for this grant funding program, $3 million of which is allocated to the nonprofit sector with a total of $2,700,000 available for grants net of processing fees. Placer Community Foundation will administer a $2,025,000 grant process for western Placer County (Emigrant Gap to Roseville), while Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation will administer a $675,000 grant process for eastern Placer County (Soda Springs to the eastern county border).


What are the sizes of the awards?

Dependent on organization budget size and capacity, demonstrated need, and proposed program scope. Typical grant size will be $20,000 to $100,000 but exceptions may be made.


Will I need to pay the money back? Is this a grant program or a loan program?

This is a grant program, not a loan, so you will not need to pay the money back. The only exception is if you do not use all the funds, or if you do not use them in the manner stated on your application.  


What can funds be spent on?

Per the CARES act, funds must be spent on expenses that occurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdowns. Examples of eligible expenses include programmatic expenses, staff support to build and retain a resilient nonprofit workforce (including basic needs such as childcare),internal capacity, and infrastructure needs. During the application process, you will be asked to verify that funds will be used for eligible purposes through a budget template provided.


Are funds allocated on a first-come, first-served basis for qualified applicants?

No. All qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit applicants will be considered together once the application period is closed and prioritized based on providing programs focused on safety-net stabilization for Placer County in one or more of the following areas. Note that programs must address needs resulting from the Covid pandemic.

  • Housing Supports: Includes programs that support mortgage, rental assistance and shelters (utility assistance is not eligible)

  • Food Security: Excludes holiday drives as grant checks will not be received until December 23 or later.

  • Mental & Behavioral Health Services: Proven clinical modalities such as counseling, therapy, etc.

Back to top ⤴

Eligibility for Nonprofit Organizations

How do I know if my nonprofit organization is eligible for funding?

Before applying, everyone must go through an eligibility screening process, which will determine whether or not their nonprofit organization is eligible to apply. Begin the application process at  https://www.placer.ca.gov/shares.

If you are deemed eligible, you will be automatically directed to the application.

Can I apply if my organization received a grant through the Placer Shares grant program in October 2020?

Yes, you are encouraged to apply if you provide a safety net program in housing supports; food security; and/or mental & behavioral health services. Being a prior recipient will not negatively affect an application to this program. The application will be simplified for prior grantees of the Placer Shares program.


What are the eligibility criteria? 

There are several requirements that nonprofits must meet in order to be eligible to apply for a grant. If you go through the eligibility screening process, it will determine whether or not your nonprofit organization may apply. To be eligible:

  1. If applying on the western slope (Emigrant Gap to Roseville), the nonprofit organization must have a physical office located in western Placer County.

  2. If applying on the eastern slope (Soda Springs to the eastern county border), the nonprofit organization must show that it regularly serves or benefits eastern Placer County residents.

  3. If a nonprofit serves the entire county, it can only apply once and should apply where it is physically located and/or for which side it predominantly serves.

  4. The nonprofit organization was in operation on or before March 1, 2020.

  5. The nonprofit is in good standing with the IRS, state of California, and County of Placer (or is fiscally sponsored by an agency that is).

  6. The nonprofit organization is exempt from tax under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) per an IRS determination letter. For new nonprofit organizations established on or after January 1, 2020 but before March 1, 2020, the nonprofit organization has applied for or is in the process of applying to be exempt from tax under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). 

  7. The nonprofit organization is NOT one of the following types of organizations:

    1. 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization (please note this is a change from the earlier Placer Shares grant program that was completed in October 2020)

    2. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that are not providing a safety net program related to Covid

    3. Churches

    4. Religious organizations

    5. Private schools

    6. Parental choice (organizations offering fee-based extracurricular youth activities, examples include, but not limited to, sports groups such as swim team, soccer club, little league, cheer, gymnastics, jiu-jitsu, etc.; arts and sciences groups such as dance, music, art, theater, computer science, robotics, etc.) AND their supporting foundations/organizations

    7. Sports clubs and activities (examples include, but not limited to cycling, running, climbing, hiking, pickleball clubs; hobbies such as knitting, sewing, crafting, stamps, coins and other collector groups, etc.)

    8. Service club such as Rotary or Kiwanis


If my 501(c)(3) nonprofit operates a revenue-generating business (such as a theater, thrift store, or social enterprise), should I apply as a nonprofit or a business?

You should apply as a nonprofit, according to your main geographic location: western Placer County (Emigrant Gap to Roseville) or eastern Placer County (Soda Springs to the eastern county border).


Ineligible Criteria

What would make my nonprofit ineligible to apply for a grant?

Nonprofits that meet ANY of the following criteria are ineligible:

  • Any nonprofit organization NOT in business as of March 1, 2020

  • Discrimination on the basis of age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race or religion.


Additional ineligible nonprofits include:

  • 501 (c)(6) organizations

  • 501 (c)(3) organizations that are not providing a safety net program related to Covid

  • Churches

  • Religious organizations

  • Private schools

  • Parental choice (organizations offering fee-based extracurricular youth activities, examples include, but not limited to, sports groups such as swim team, soccer club, little league, cheer, gymnastics, jiu-jitsu, etc.; arts and sciences groups such as dance, music, art, theater, computer science, robotics, etc.) AND their supporting foundations/organizations

  • Sports clubs and activities (examples include, but not limited to cycling, running, climbing, hiking, pickleball clubs; hobbies such as knitting, sewing, crafting, stamps, coins and other collector groups, etc.)

  • Service clubs such as Rotary or Kiwanis


Can I apply if I received funds from PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) or the SBA (Small Business Administration) Disaster Relief program?

Yes, and the amount of funds received from these programs will NOT be asked about or considered.

Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to apply?

No, you do not need to be a U.S. citizen to apply. 

What is the reasoning behind the eligible nonprofit programs?

These grants are intended to strengthen our safety net services in anticipation of greater demand for these types of services over the coming winter.


Back to top ⤴

Applying for the Grant

How do I apply?

You can apply online at designated Community Foundation sites. Begin the application process at https://www.placer.ca.gov/shares to be directed to the proper application site for your organization.


When does the application open?

The application period opens on November 16, 2020 at 8 am. This is NOT a “first come first served” program, so you can complete your application any time before the deadline. You can save your in-progress application, so it does not need to be completed in one sitting. Please take your time to complete the application. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted.


What’s the deadline to apply?

No applications will be accepted after the deadline of 5:00 pm Pacific Time on December 7, 2020. There will be no exceptions. This is NOT a “first come first served” program, so you can complete your application any time before the deadline.


Does the application save once I have started it?

For Western slope (Emigrant Gap to Roseville) nonprofits: Click the gray “save” button on the bottom of the application form periodically.


For Eastern slope (Soda Springs to the eastern county border) nonprofits: Your work is auto-saved as you go, but you must click “Submit” when finished. No changes are possible once the application is submitted, so make sure you have reviewed your application for accuracy before submitting.


Do I have to fill out the application online? Can I submit my application via mail or in person?

All applications must be filled out online. No physical applications will be accepted. Applications can be filled out with a mobile phone.


How can I get help with my application?

For Western slope (Emigrant Gap to Roseville) nonprofits:

November 19 at 10 am - Applicant Workshop for Nonprofits on Zoom (this session will be recorded): Watch the recording here.


For Eastern slope (Soda Springs to the eastern county border) nonprofits:

Contact Phyllis McConn via email at [email protected]Be sure to include organization name, contact name, email, and/or phone number, and brief description of the issue.


Note:  Spanish translation services/support to complete the online application are available upon request.

For Western slope (Emigrant Gap to Roseville) nonprofits:

Call the Placer Community Foundation office at (530) 885-4920.


For Eastern slope (Soda Springs to the eastern county border) nonprofits:

Call the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation office at (530) 587-1776.


If my nonprofit organization is declined, may I reapply?

You may not reapply if your application is declined. Please make sure you complete the application accurately and completely. A decline will likely be for ineligibility or incomplete applications. Please see eligibility information above.


What documentation will I need to submit with my application?

1. If your organization was NOT awarded a grant through the Placer Shares program in October 2020, you will need to upload:

    1.  A completed W-9 form: Available here

    2. IRS determination letter verifying your organization’s tax exempt status

    3. Current operating budget (budget to actual comparison if possible)

    4. A grant budget using the template provided in the application form


2. If your organization WAS awarded a grant through the Placer Shares program in October 2020, you will need to upload:

  1. A grant budget using the template provided in the application form


Why do I need to fill out a W-9?

The County is required to report CARES Act funding information to the United States Treasury at the end of the year. Filling out a W-9 now will help us send out checks more quickly to successful applicants. No funds will be disbursed without a W-9 and applications will be deemed incomplete without the W-9.


How do I upload the required documents?

When you get to the upload part of the Application, you can search your device for the document you need, and then upload it. 


Do I need to submit all the documents? What if I don’t have all the documents that I need to apply?

You must submit ALL the required documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


If I need a copy of my IRS Determination Letter, where do I go?

Call the IRS Customer Service for nonprofit organizations at 1-877-829-5500 and give them your corporate name (and EIN if you have it).


How can I prove my nonprofit was in operation prior to March 1, 2020?

You will need to attest that your nonprofit was in operation by clicking the box on the application.


What if I have multiple locations for a single nonprofit, which address should I use?

Please select what you consider the “primary” nonprofit location. 


What if I accidentally made a mistake or entered incorrect information on my application? 

You can save and edit your application until you submit it. You do not need to complete it all in one sitting. Please take your time on your application and do not submit it until you are sure it is complete and correct. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


What do I do if I need a W-9?

You can click to fill out a blank W-9 Form here.


Do applicants receive a confirmation that they submitted their application?

Yes, you will receive a confirmation email upon submission of your application.

Back to top ⤴

Selection Process

Who makes the decision about the status of my application?

All eligible applications will be considered for funding. For western slope nonprofits, this will be completed by Placer Community Foundation. For eastern slope nonprofits, this will be completed by Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation. 


Are funds allocated on a first-come, first-served basis for qualified applicants?

No. All qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit applicants will be considered together once the application period is closed and prioritized based on providing programs focused on safety-net stabilization for Placer County in one or more of the following areas. Note that programs must address needs resulting from the Covid pandemic.

  • Housing Supports: Includes programs that support mortgage, rental assistance and shelters (utility assistance is not eligible)

  • Food Security: Excludes holiday drives as grant checks will not be received until December 23 or later.

  • Mental & Behavioral Health Services: Proven clinical modalities such as counseling, therapy, etc.

How will applications be selected to receive funding?

All complete applications received between November 13, 2020 and December 7, 2020 at 5:00 pm Pacific Time WILL be considered. This is NOT a “first come first served” program.


Back to top ⤴


Receiving Grant Funds

How will I be contacted or know if I will receive a grant?

You will be notified by email on December 18, 2020. Checks will be mailed December 21 to 28, 2020. Be sure to check your email regularly, including your spam folders.


If I am selected to receive a grant, how much money will I get?

Dependent on organization budget size and capacity, demonstrated need, and proposed program scope. Typical grant size will be $20,000 to $100,000 but exceptions may be made.


How will I receive funds?

A paper check will be sent to the address on your application. 


Am I required to set up a new bank account specifically for these funds?

No.


Back to top ⤴


Using Grant Funding

If my nonprofit receives a grant, what can I use the money for? What can’t I use the money for?

Grant award funds must be used for expenses related to Covid-19 hardship that are expenditures to meet growing community demand in the safety net areas noted above. You will be asked to attest to the use of the funds in your application. 


What’s required of me if I receive a grant? Are there any strings attached?

If selected, you must use these funds by June 30, 2021. Funds may not be used for a different business or personal expenses. Funding is not transferrable. The application will ask you to attest “I understand that this grant is subject to reporting requirements determined by the County of Placer. If I become a grant recipient, and if requested by the Foundation, I agree to furnish reports which can be used to verify use of grant funds.”


Do I have to pay the money back, like a loan?

No. The funds you receive are a grant, not a loan, and do not need to be paid back.


How soon must I use these funds?

If selected, you must use these funds by June 30, 2021, and they may not be used for a different business or nonprofit organization. Funding is not transferable.

Back to top ⤴


Other Questions

If I have questions after reading this FAQ, what do I do?

For Western slope (Emigrant Gap to Roseville) nonprofits:

Call the Placer Community Foundation office at (530) 885-4920.


For Eastern slope (Soda Springs to the eastern county border) nonprofits:

Call the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation office at (530) 587-1776.


Back to top ⤴