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Clay County Awards $492,000 in Non-Profit Assistance Grants

Post Date:07/15/2020 1:10 PM


July 15, 2020


Annaleasa Winter

Board of County Commissioners - Clay County, FL                                                      

904-529-5397/cell: 904-436-3102


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Clay County Awards $492,000 in Non-Profit Assistance Grants


Green Cove Springs, FL – Clay County has awarded $492,035 in CARES Act funding to 16 local non-profit organizations providing goods and services to those in the community impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. All expenses are directly related to COVID-19 relief as outlined by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The eligible expenses include building retrofits to minimize COVID-19 spread, expanding telework capabilities, providing food, personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies, school supplies, mental and behavioral health services, and for employee and facility costs.


The non-profits served through this first round of funding include the following community-based organizations: BASCA, Challenge Enterprises, Clay Behavioral, Clay County Educational Foundation, Evangel Temple, Green Cove Springs Food Pantry, Hunger Fight, Lake Area Ministries, Middleburg Methodist Food Bridge, Mission of the Dirt Road, Operation Barnabus, Pace Center for Girls, Quigley House, Way Free, Woman’s Empowerment, and the YMCA.


Clay County Chairman of the Board Gayward Hendry said, “Clay County is grateful for the CARES Act economic relief funding provided by Congress and the President to protect the American people from the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19. We also thank the State of Florida for the allocation to Clay County to strengthen our readiness to address the ongoing impacts of the pandemic.” Hendry continued, “We take the responsibility of spending and distributing these funds very seriously and are so pleased to be able to support these outstanding non-profit organizations to better serve those most in need in our community.”


Second Round of Funding Available Now- An additional $275,965 is now available to Clay County based non-profit organizations. Beginning Wednesday, July 15, 2020, non-profit organization may apply for funding for expenses related to providing food assistance, personal protective equipment, or other eligible community assistance programs related to COVID-19 relief. Applications and the terms, conditions and eligibility requirements are available at Applications will be processed in the order they are received and will be accepted until September 8, 2020, or until all funding has been distributed. Call the Clay County CARES Act hotline at (904) 529-4256 with questions about the application process or eligibility requirements. Questions can also be submitted to


Clay County, FL is located southwest of Jacksonville and nestled along the beautiful St. Johns River. More than 216,000 residents enjoy a quality of life here that meets their desired pace and unique interests. Clay County has a business community that is 4,400 strong. Industries leading in information technology, manufacturing, healthcare and life sciences, aviation and defense, and logistics and distribution are here to serve you. Clay County welcomes you to enjoy the exquisite natural beauty, unique history, and the small town feel only found here. 

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