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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

What the Stimulus Plan Means for Nonprofits

As we've mentioned in previous blog posts, there has been some contention over which items would be included in an economic stimulus plan for nonprofits. The plan signed by President Obama includes:

  • $50 million for the creation of a program to help nonprofits provide aid to those severely affected by the economic crisis,
  • $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts, to protect arts-related jobs in the nonprofit sector,
  • $200 million for AmeriCorps, for operating expenses and to pay education grants to members who have completed their terms of service,
  • $2 billion for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program to help nonprofits restore foreclosed properties,
  • $2 billion to support community health centers,
  • $120 million to encourage seniors to engage in community service,
  • $100 million for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, and
  • $50 million for the YouthBuild Program to help nonprofits provide construction training to young people.
Nonprofit groups receiving grants under these provisions are expected to have clear goals and engage in outcome measurement.

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Aaron said...

So will non-profits apply to the federal gov't for this money or dollars earmarked for non-profits be sent to states to distribute?

Katie Woolf said...

Some of the money will be allocated as competitive grants by the federal government. The rest will be distributed at the states’ discretion, as described in the explanatory statement accessible through an article posted in The Chronicle of Philanthropy.