$21 million in nonprofit funding for pandemic relief
The City of Lincoln and Lancaster County announced $21 million for nonprofit pandemic support
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Today Lancaster County and the City of Lincoln officials announced $21 million for nonprofit services to help with needs caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Funding priorities include food, housing, utilities, mental health racial equity, and victim safety related to the pandemic.
The $21 million is made available by the American Rescue Plan State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds and nonprofit projects will be funded through the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) a partnership between Lancaster County, the City of Lincoln, and community stakeholders.
When deciding which projects will see support, a total of $15 million will be funded by JBC members using the research they conducted in partnership with the University of Nebraska. The remaining $6 million will be designated for youth crisis stabilization and recovery services. During the pandemic, The Nebraska Family Helpline reported a 74% increase in calls and said a significant number of those calls were related to requests for mental health support.
“Mental health is a priority for our community,” said Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird. “Crisis stabilization and mental health services are essential for family well-being and the most effective response to the growing number of calls to the Lincoln Police Department by those experiencing mental health crises. These resources will be transformational for young people, families, health care providers, and our broader community.”
This funding is made available by the American Rescue Plan State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds and is a part of an overall strategic plan by the City of Lincoln and Lancaster County to deploy the resources. The American Rescue Plan provides a wide variety of programs and resources, such as childcare tax credits and housing assistance. In addition, states and localities were provided funding to meet local needs. The funds must be spent out in the next three years and may not be used for tax relief or pension funding. Funds are required to be used to meet urgent needs created by the pandemic.
For more information on the funding and nonprofits interested in applying for support, you can find additional information on program timelines and criteria at lincoln.ne.gov/ARP.