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Requests from nonprofits for city’s COVID-19 relief fund grants range from $319,000 to $5,000Free Access

Two organizations wanted to take the biggest bite from the one-half million dollar pie of federal COVID- 19 relief funds the city has made available to nonprofits.

According to a spread sheet distributed at Monday’s Gaffney City Council meeting, the Boys & Girls Club of the Upstate had the largest request of $319,000. The United Way of the Piedmont requested $200,000 of the city’s COVID-19 money.

All told, 24 organizations requested a total of $1.2 million in relief monies.

To receive the funds, nonprofits must have completed the emergency relief grant application and submitted all required documents. City officials have said funds will be rewarded to those organizations that provide direct assistance to city residents first and then to county residents.

Some of the required documents include an IRS Determination letter, IRS Form 990 for the three most recent fiscal years and a 2021 operating budget with year to date information.

Gaffney City Council agreed Monday to allow the “smaller nonprofits” to provide three years of balance sheets compiled by an accountant rather than a more costly audit.

Gaffney Administrator James Taylor described the process of reviewing the applications as “mammoth,” and asked and was granted council’s approval to seek additional information from some of the nonprofits.

Some of the other nonprofit requests included: Regenesis Healthcare $100,000; A Good Works, Inc. $57,500, Academic Technology & Wellness Academy, $50,000; KNOW(2) $50,000; YMCA $50,000; The Salvation Army $50,000, Limestone University $50,000; and Cherokee Historical & Preservation Society, Inc. $49,965.

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