Hanover CARES Act Basic Needs Grant Guidelines

United Way is no longer accepting application for the Hanover CARES Act Basic Needs grants. For a list of awarded partner organizations, go here.

United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg is partnering with Hanover County to provide relief by delivering funding to eligible 501(c)(3) organizations that provide Hanover residents with emergency basic needs, such as food or financial assistance for housing or utilities.   

Application Guidelines

Click on the headings below to learn about the application guidelines.

Requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis. United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg will accept applications until all funds are exhausted. Funds must be utilized by December 30, 2020. 

We will consider grant requests of any amount, but offer the following guidelines: 

Housing Support 

  • Mortgage/Rental/Shelter: Requests up to $1,500 per month per household for up to 3 months  
  • Utility Assistance: Requests up to $500 per month per household for up to 3 months 

Food Access

  • Requests up to $10,000 per agency 

To be eligible to participate in the program, an organization must: 

  • Be a private nonprofit organization with a 501(c)(3) tax exemption or an organization with a 501(c)(3) tax exempt fiscal sponsor; 
  • Have existing programs that provide direct food and/or housing assistance to Hanover residents; 
  • Have capacity to utilize funds prior to December 30, 2020; and 
  • Affirm that grant spending meets CARES Act Restrictions. 

  • Mortgage and/or rental support (paid directly to landlord or mortgage company) 
  • Access to shelter for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness 
  • Access to supports for rapid rehousing 
  • Water and sewer bill assistance (paid directly to utility company)  
  • Energy bill assistance (paid directly to utility company) 

  • Perishable and nonperishable food items 
  • Grocery gift cards 

  • General assistance to organizations experiencing lost revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • Activities for which costs are known to be reimbursable from other federal funding sources 
  • Business support or business loans 

Organizations that are not current partners of United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg will be required to submit: 

  • 501(c)(3) certification; 
  • Previous year agency budget; and 
  • Current year agency budget. 

Reporting Guidelines 

All funded agencies will be required to submit a final report in January 2021. Click below to see reporting requirements.  

  • Total clients served 
  • Client age 
  • Household income 
  • Race 
  • Ethnicity 
  • Gender

  • Summary of outcome results (includes a brief narrative assessment of the program’s outcome results detailing how the program performed overall and effectiveness in achieving mission) 
  • Challenges or barriers and solutions to overcome  
  • Detailed outcome results (includes all outcomes measured by the program and number and percent of clients who achieved each outcome) 
  • Outcome highlights (optional) 
  • Additional information (optional) 
  • Success stories (optional) 
  • Final Budget 

Unspent Funds 

Funds not spent by December 30, 2020 must be returned to Hanover County.