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Posted on: August 18, 2023

City of Denton Empowers Local Nonprofits with Grants through ARPA

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$1,151,111 Helps Local Nonprofits Continue Providing Essential Services to the Community

DENTON, TX, Aug. 17, 2023 - The City of Denton is proud to announce the awarding of grants to eight (8) local nonprofits through its Capacity Building Grant for Nonprofits, demonstrating its commitment to bolstering support for community partners and enhancing the well-being of its residents. These grants, approved by the City Council on Aug. 15, are made possible by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding allocation received by the City. They will provide crucial financial assistance to organizations serving Denton's diverse population.

“Through the Capacity Building Grant for Nonprofits, the City of Denton remains steadfast in its commitment to improving the lives of its community members,” said Community Services Director Dani Shaw. “These grants demonstrate that dedication.”

As part of the FY 2022-23 budget, Denton City Council designated up to $1,500,000 of its allocation of ARPA funding to support nonprofits experiencing negative economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding is focused on building new strategies, developing competencies, improving processes and systems, increasing efficiencies, and enhancing the ability of a nonprofit to serve others now and in the future.

Funding was additionally prioritized for organizations assisting populations and geographic locations in the City that were disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as individuals earning less than 60% of the median income.

The City of Denton is pleased to share the list of grant recipients and their respective award amounts:

Denton Affordable Housing Corporation$100,000
Denton Christian Preschool
Denton County MHMR
Habitat for Humanity
Health Services of North Texas
Project HOPE Family Enrichment Center
Solutions of North Texas

The benefits of this program include:

  1. Enhanced Services: The grants will enable nonprofits to expand their capacity, offering a higher quality and quantity of services to the Denton community.
  2. Community Impact: Supported programs will contribute to various vital aspects, such as affordable housing development, improved access to healthcare, increased support for low-income families, enhanced mental health services, and more.
  3. Resilient Nonprofits: By strengthening organizational capacities and strategies, the program empowers nonprofits to better weather challenges and uncertainties, ensuring they continue to serve the community effectively.

The City of Denton held an open application period from April 28 through May 28, 2023, during which eligible organizations were invited to apply for these grants. On June 9, the Community Services Advisory Committee reviewed applications and made funding recommendations to City Council. This process aimed to ensure a transparent and fair selection process that aligns with the City's commitment to community engagement.

Background on ARPA Funding:

ARPA, a landmark federal relief package, allocated $350 billion in state and local government financial assistance through the U.S. Department of Treasury's American Rescue Plan’s State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF). The City of Denton's allocation of $23.29 million (half of which, $11.65 million became available in May 2021) has allowed it to make significant investments in its nonprofit sector to better serve its residents.

In April and July of 2022, City Council approved awards of $550,000 in Nonprofit Capacity Support Grant funding to seven (7) Nonprofit Capacity Support Grant applicants. This initial allocation laid the foundation for the City's ongoing commitment to assisting nonprofits that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For media inquiries, contact: Ryan Adams, 940-349-8565, [email protected]


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