City Council Approves Supplemental Appropriation for #GJSTRONG Fund

GJStrong Check Ceremony

On the evening of April 6, City Council approved a supplemental appropriation of $500,000 for the City’s General Fund Reserve to support the City’s #GJSTRONG Fund.

The temporary assistance afforded by this ordinance includes the creation of an emergency fund in the City’s budget for expenditure for the expenses directly and indirectly related to providing basic needs of food and shelter, in collaboration with the Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF) in the City of Grand Junction.

Application Process – Funds will be available only to qualified 501 (c)(3) organizations only who provide food and housing assistance and who are seeing a sudden increase in demand for services. No grants will be made to individuals, businesses or organizations that serve as a fiscal sponsor. Organizations must have a physical address in the City of Grand Junction and serve primarily Grand Junction residents.

Organizations will be asked to demonstrate how the COVID-19 crisis is impacting their organization and the clients they serve, and how this funding will help them maintain and expand services and programs in response to COVID-19.

Funding can be used for general support, to support reorganized operations to address safety and social distancing requirements and maintain staff salaries to continue or expand operations in light of this crisis. The process and timeline for applications is as follows:

  • Organizations apply online via wc-cf.org.
  • Organizations can apply one time for this emergency funding.
  • Deadline to apply is April 10, 2020, by 8:00 pm MDT.
  • Applications will be reviewed by April 14, 2020, and applicants will be informed of their status as soon as possible after the deadline date. Grant checks are targeted for distribution on or close to April 20, 2020.
  • Maximum amount to apply for is $50,000.
  • For questions about eligibility or for assistance in applying, please contact Tedi Gillespie, tgillespie@wc-cf.org.

This action by City Council will provide emergency funding to relieve the stress and strains that local nonprofits are facing in light of new and emerging needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the sudden and dramatic escalation in demand for services.


Contact: Greg LeBlanc, Sr. Assistant to the City Manager 970-244-1557 or gregoryl@gjcity.org

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