CARSON CITY, NV – February 17, 2022
This week, Nevada Governor Sisolak presented the first four Community Recovery Grants awarded to non-profits that provide direct and immediate community services to Nevadans.
“I am grateful for the support these non-profit organizations have provided to Nevadans throughout this pandemic. These grants are a small token of our appreciation for their services which have been instrumental in helping Nevadans recover,” said Gov. Sisolak. “The State remains committed to investing federal dollars back into the community through programs that will have an immediate effect on the lives of Nevadans and the recovery of our State.”
Announced in early December, the State set aside $30 million in federal funds to utilize existing non-profits in the State to help provide direct and immediate community services. On February 9, the Interim Finance Committee approved the first four Community Recovery Grants.
Food Bank of Northern Nevada:
- On February 11, the Governor donated food items and presented the first grant in the form of a big check to The Food Bank of Northern Nevada in Sparks. The $629,026 grant will go toward the equitable outreach program. The Food Bank currently serves more than 107,000 individuals every month, almost half of whom are children and seniors.
- Last year, the Governor signed Senate Bill 370 into law. Otherwise known as the “Home Feeds Nevada Bill”, this legislation enables the Nevada Department of Agriculture to purchase and distribute locally produced food to food-insecure populations. The Nevada Department of Agriculture is in its initial stages of creating the Home Feeds Nevada program to buy food from local producers year over year.
- • On February 14, Governor Sisolak was joined by Senator Dondero Loop as they visited Baby’s Bounty in Las Vegas where they built baby bundles for Nevada families in need and presented the organizers with the grant funding.
- • The $201,801 grant will support the diaper bank and baby bundle programs. The organization supports and empowers at-risk families by helping provide education and other tools to ensure a good start for every baby.
Goodwill of Southern Nevada:
- On February 15, the Governor presented Goodwill of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas with a Community Recovery Grant and spoke with NV Hope Bootcamp participants about the program and their training. The $993,512 grant will allow Goodwill to build upon a program that provides evidence-based workforce development for certified nursing assistants and medical assistants.
- Working with employers, Goodwill provides training sprints to help Nevadans get training and certification in high-wage, high-growth, health care jobs.
Family Support Center:
- On February 16, on the Governor’s behalf Bill Hammargren from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services presented the final of the first four awards to Executive Director Mayo and representatives from the Family Support Center in Winnemucca.
- The $153,764 grant will help the center reduce wait times and expand its services to serve additional clients. The organization provides community-based, outpatient mental health and wellness services.
Photos of the events can be found here.