Nonprofit Relief and Recovery Program

The Nonprofit Relief and Recovery Program was created to support Missouri nonprofit organizations in meeting critical and emergent needs resulting from the COVID-19 public health emergency and in building organizational capacity for recovery.

The State of Missouri will make available $22 million in grant funds through the CARES Act* for eligible Missouri nonprofits directly impacted by the pandemic, with priority given to those serving at-risk populations in the areas of: homelessness prevention, job training, food insecurity and basic needs, at-risk youth services, childcare, and academic/educational support.  The grants will allow nonprofits to continue providing community safety nets that improve quality of life and lead to economic and community stability. 

Dates to Apply

Applications will be accepted in two waves, via electronic submission. 

Wave 1*:  Applications to Wave 1 will be accepted from July 22, 2020 to August 14, 2020.  Eligible to apply in the first wave are 501(c)(3) nonprofits serving disadvantaged populations, whose services are substantially dedicated to addressing critical needs resulting from the COVID-19 public health emergency in the areas of:

Homelessness prevention – including organizations providing case management and direct financial assistance to prevent homelessness
Job training – for at-risk and under- and un-employed individuals
Food insecurity
At-risk youth services – such as abuse and neglect services and prevention
Childcare – primarily targeting low and low-moderate income families
Academic/educational support – in support of but outside of normal school hours/services

*DED reserves the right to make final determination as to fit of an organization in the above categories.

Wave 2:  Applications to Wave 2 will be accepted from August 19, 2020 to August 28, 2020. Eligible to apply in the second wave are 501(c)(3) nonprofits providing services other services not identified for Wave 1, who can demonstrate they are suffering from direct and second-order effects of the public health emergency.

How to Apply

To request an application, please email

Program Documents

Program Guidelines

Board Member Template

Program Eligibility

Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations:

Located in Missouri;
Holding a 501(c)(3) IRS tax exempt designation, excluding hospitals and hospital foundations, schools and post-secondary education institutions and foundations; and,
Registered to do business as a nonprofit in Missouri and in Good Standing with the Missouri Secretary of State
Must have been in operation for at least one year prior to March 1, 2020. 

Faith-based organizations are eligible upon meeting the following conditions:

All of the above requirements are met; 
Organizations may not engage in inherently religious activities, such as worship, religious instruction, or proselytization, as part of the programs or services funded under NAP;
The organization does not require participation in religious services or activities to receive services; 
The organization does not, in providing services, discriminate against participants or prospective participants on the basis of religion or religious belief.

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