Irvine Offers $4.7 Million in Grants to Nonprofits

Irvine Offers $4.7 Million in Grants to Nonprofits
Irvine, Calif., on Feb. 19, 2021. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)
Rudy Blalock
Irvine officials announced Aug. 3 that the city is offering $4.7 million in grants to nonprofits supporting small businesses and disadvantaged communities.

The city is allocating $2.2 million to nonprofits that assist small businesses, $2.2 million to those that help what city officials call “vulnerable populations"—or groups at a higher risk of illness, disability, and educational or economic disadvantages—and $300,000 for newly established nonprofits.

The grants will be distributed incrementally over 2 years.

“The City of Irvine is committed to supporting the critical needs of our community, such as childcare, food insecurity, housing and mental health resources,” Mayor Farrah Khan said in a statement.

Khan said the funds come from the city’s share of the federal American [Rescue] Plan Act, which was enacted to deliver economic relief for the pandemic.

The deadline for applications is Aug. 24. No late applications will be accepted, and only nonprofits serving Irvine are eligible.

The city’s grant review subcommittee will meet twice in September to review the applications and submit them to the city council.

Rudy Blalock is a Southern California-based daily news reporter for The Epoch Times. Originally from Michigan, he moved to California in 2017, and the sunshine and ocean have kept him here since. In his free time, he may be found underwater scuba diving, on top of a mountain hiking or snowboarding—or at home meditating, which helps fuel his active lifestyle.