|With the passage of the latest COVID-19 CARES Act legislation, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has re-opened the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) with funding for new loans for nonprofits and small businesses that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Florida Community Loan Fund will accept PPP loan applications through their SBA lending partner, Community Reinvestment Fund, USA (CRF). Eligible borrowers can apply for first-time PPP funding or a Second Draw PPP loan if they meet certain criteria. |
FCLF plans to open their application portal in the next few days. If you are interested in accessing PPP through FCLF, please watch for an announcement on their website, www.fclf.org. Or sign up to receive their emails: FCLF.org/connect-with-us.
• The program is open to any nonprofit organization based in Florida.
• You do not need to be an existing FCLF borrower to apply.
• No minimum loan size
FCLF’s core purpose is to maximize opportunities for people and places outside the economic mainstream. Since they began 25 years ago, FCLF has supported Florida’s nonprofit sector, and are working with CRF to make sure that nonprofits can access this unique federal program.
By: Alexander Sylvia
This organization has been in Indian River County for longer than I have and is still working to make sure that every child has access to exemplary early-childhood education. Childcare Resources of Indian River helps children ages 6 weeks to 5 years of age. They not only have their own early education school, they also partner with local preschools to make sure that no child gets left behind. Even beyond the children themselves, Childcare Resources of Indian River provides certification trainings for local teachers and expert speakers in their fields. In addition to their educational resources, Childcare Resources of Indian River also offers mental and physical health resources for both the children and their families.
By: Alexander Sylvia
In their new campus, United Against Poverty is fully equipped to fight the good fight against poverty in our community. Not only do they have a member share grocery program, which offers affordable groceries to those who can’t afford it in a traditional grocery store setting, they also have a four-week program called STEP where they teach people the skills they need to be employed. I found their STEP program really interesting because of how comprehensive it is. Not only does it teach people how to get a job, it teaches people how to keep said job. They also have a comprehensive health clinic to deal with any mental or physical health issues that may be preventing them from finding employment. Even with COVID, United Against Poverty is unwavering in their mission to help those below the poverty line.
Indian River Community Foundation and Vero Beach Magazine have collaborated once again to produce the annual Guide to Better Giving. The Guide inspires and informs our generous readers about local charities who work hard to better our community.
This year’s edition highlights the impact of a community that works together to improve the lives of those in need. New facilities like United Against Poverty’s UP Center and the Cis and Bill Glavin Educational Center are a result of those combined efforts. The new buildings make it possible for organizations to provide top notch educational programs and healthy resources to a wider scope within the county.
Everyone’s favorite part of the guide, Success Stories, provides specific examples of people in our community who have been directly affected by enriching nonprofit programs. Local children, young adults, families, and seniors all share the ways in which nonprofits have helped them overcome recent hardships. This glimpse into the lives of vulnerable individuals and families often sparks acts of generosity and kindness in our community, these stories reaffirm the progress a generous community can accomplish.
This year’s guide can be found in the October 2020 edition of the Vero Beach Magazine. Please click here to read the digital edition of the Guide to Better Giving.
Indian River Community Foundation and Vero Beach Magazine are collaborating again to produce the annual Guide to Better Giving. The Guide helps to inform our community so that we may give to charitable organizations working to make our community better.
Local nonprofits should be sure to review and update their GuideStar profile as soon as possible. A member of the Vero Beach Magazine will be reaching out to all nonprofit organizations next month to confirm details needed to include all charitable organizations in the 2021 Vero Beach Magazine Guide to Better Giving.