The City of Rochester is committing $325,000 of the $8.8 million it received in federal coronavirus relief funding to directly assist local nonprofits.

The city, working with Rochester Area Foundation, announced Tuesday the planned opening of the Nonprofit Relief Grant program.

“The (Rochester) City Council has made support for people one of their top priorities for CARES funding," said Cindy Steinhauser, the city's community development director. "This program recognizes the role that nonprofit organizations play in addressing the needs of individuals. We are excited to partner with Rochester Area Foundation to get this funding into the organizations that can help make a difference for our residents.”

The grant application, which can be found at, will go live at 9 a.m. Monday, and applications will be due by 5 p.m. Oct. 2.

Grant applicants will be able to receive up $25,000 or 50 percent of their organization's decrease in net revenue between March 1 and June 30, when compared to the same time period in 2019, whichever is less.

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“Rochester Area Foundation is proud to be partnering with the City of Rochester to provide relief to nonprofit organizations in our community that have been severely impacted by COVID-19," said Jennifer Woodford, president of the Rochester Area Foundation. "The services that local nonprofit organizations continue to provide are critical to sustain the well-being of our community and our neighbors."

The foundation is also working with Olmsted County to oversee a grant program that is using $1 million of the $19.1 million the county received through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

Applications for the county's COVID-19 Non-Profit Organization Relief Program, which also provided up to $25,000 per organization, were due by Sept. 11.