The American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act (ARRA):
“What’s in it for Nonprofits?”
Purpose of presentation today
1) Bring Nonprofits up-to-date on the status
2) Describe what information is out there and
how to get it
3) Get feedback from nonprofits about getting
involved in stimulus programs
4) Recommend ways to keep informed of
Direct, Formula National
and Competitive Competitive
Funding to Ark Grants
In all areas of
Cities and Counties
Housing and Labor
Services 4 programs
To be announced
Established programs getting funded – Don’t
get enticed by the talk of big funding. Most of the
ARRA funds go to specific programs like
unemployment benefits extension or to expand
existing programs. But, don’t give up; there are
some opportunities for nonprofits.
Experience is vital – Generally, the ARRA
program is not a place to test out new and untried
ideas. It is not a place to expand into programs
you have not done previously. Look at ARRA as
giving you a chance to improve on your strengths
and pursue your mission.
Opportunities for creativity – There is a strong
impetus for using ARRA funds to expand and
extend existing programs. But, the President said
that he hoped that it would also lead to innovate,
act creatively, and improve programs. These are
all attributes that nonprofits have historically
brought to solving community issues.
One-time funding - ARRA is one-time funding for
two years. Don’t expect continuation grants.
Don’t hire permanent staff unless you know how
you will pay them after the grant period.
Not a last minute thing – Applications often
require you to have a DUNS number or to be
registered as a federal or state contractor. These
take days and sometimes weeks. You may need
to know how to navigate through grants.gov. You
may need letters from the mayor, county judge or
the state. You may need to find matching funds.
All of these things will take time.
Timing is critical – Many deadlines for grants
have already passed. Other opportunities are still
being announced. You need to get ahead of the
curve. Know what funding programs are
expected to be announced in your field of interest
and start preparing. When grant programs are
announced, preparation time will be short.
Think partnerships – Many programs are funded
directly with cities, counties, the Community Action
Agencies, school districts, and state agencies. Find out
if you can partner with your local entities.
Federal dollars have strings – If you have never
administered a federal grant, ask someone who has
overseen a federal grant previously. The recordkeeping,
reporting and other requirements can be overwhelming.
Know what you are getting into before you apply.
Keeping informed – You can sign up for daily notices of
new grant opportunities at grants.gov. Or, you can sign
up for email alerts for nonprofits at the ACE website. If a
funding program interests you, call the state contact for
the program. You can find them listed at
ACE can help – ACE is prepared to help nonprofits with
review of their federal grant application and with capacity
building technical assistance. Stay tuned for more
• Where application deadlines have
not passed and nonprofits are
• Where application deadlines have
passed or nonprofits are not
eligible applicants but opportunities
for partnership are possible.
• Other funding opportunities
To increase the number of nonprofits
applying and accessing federal
stimulus dollars through ARRA.
Special thanks to the
Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
for their funding support of this initiative.
• Information referral:
Provide data and information about the
Federal Stimulus process that is
relevant to nonprofits.
• Federal Grant Review:
Provide federal grant review for
nonprofits that apply for upcoming
• Capacity Building Support:
Provide capacity building support
(minimal consulting) for organizations
that want to apply for federal funding
but may not be ready to apply for
ACE received $250,000 grant for two years
($125,00 each of two years) to:
1) Training Statewide for nonprofits in operational capacity building
(ie: governance, management, financial management, mission,
planning, and programming)
2) Technical Assistance for nonprofits state-wide---it takes the
training a step further for direct assistance
3) Information, partnerships, and resources to engage nonprofits in
the economic recovery process (ie: expanding ARRA Access
The award 1) recognizes the critical role nonprofits play on our
economy state-wide and communities locally. Nonprofits keep
essential services going in many cases; 2) engages Arkansas
leaders (government agencies and community leaders) in a
state-wide dialogue about the important role nonprofits play; 3)
provides critical, direct training and technical assistance to
nonprofits in ALL four regions and central Arkansas. Nonprofits
in our state are experiencing great challenges due to the
economic situation nationally and locally. It is especially
important now that the state and nonprofit sector provide
support, resources, assistance and collaboration that strengthen
the work of all nonprofits.
For more information, contact Hunter Goodman at
New Futures for Youth received $800,000
from DHS to support capacity building
– Will match it with $200,000
– Intends to award grants to faith-based and
community organizations in each of two years.
– Little Rock target area
– Generally about job creation and economic
– Not for operating support
– Will establish criteria for selecting grantees.
– Their plan must be submitted to and approved
– ACE will send out information as it is released
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• Sign on to receive updates
• Sign on to receive daily notices
Arkansas Coalition for
200 S. Commerce Street Suite 100
Little Rock, AR 72201