The Non-profit Assistance Grant has been made available by the Town of Rural Retreat through Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to support non-profit organizations. The grant program provides one time, emergency funding to eligible applicants demonstrating that their services to the Rural Retreat community have been impacted by COVID-19 or limited by government orders. Grant funds may not be used for the same purpose as previously received CARES Act funding (ex: if the organization has received PPP funds, they may not use this grant to cover payroll for the same time period)


Awards of up to $5,000 will be given based on the number of applicants, demonstrated community impact, and services provided. Because there are limited funds available, priority will be given to food assistance programs, housing assistance programs, and emergency assistance. Applications are subject to verification. Application submission does not guarantee grant awards. Each application must be accompanied by all required documentation to be eligible for consideration. Complete applications must be submitted by May 28, 2021, for consideration, and grants will be awarded prior to July 1, 2021.


Applications must be submitted by May 28, 2021, for consideration.

Funding Partner

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Non-profit Assistance Grant Fund Guidelines



Rural Retreat organizations meeting all the following eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply:

  • Must be an existing non-profit organization, located and operating in Rural Retreat pre-COVID-19 (March 1, 2020).

  • Must provide proof of non-profit status for 501(c)3, 501(c)4, 501(c)5, or 501(c)6 qualified organizations.

  • Must demonstrate impacts due to COVID-19, (e.g., closure or suspended operation, interruption of services, depressed fundraising, layoffs, program impacts, increased demand for services)



Grant funds must be expended in compliance with state and federal law. Funds may be used to reimburse the cost of business interruption caused by COVID-19, which may include:

  • Operations (i.e., payroll, rent, mortgage, supplies, monthly expenses, insurance, etc.)

  • Equipment and inventory purchases

  • Programmatic financial support

  • Deep cleaning services, PPE, protective barriers, etc.

  • Other critical operating expenses



Grant funds may not be used for payment of town or county utility expenses

(e.g., water and sewer bills)



Businesses can access the application and attachments below. Applications must be submitted by May 28, 2021 for consideration via email to john.matthews@wytheida.org, or mailed or delivered to the Joint Industrial Development Authority office located at:


190 South 1st Street

Wytheville, VA 24382



  • Completed Application

  • Proof of nonprofit status

  • Most recent federal tax returns (IRS Form 990)

  • W9 Form

  • Profit & Loss statement or supporting financial documents for 2019, or most recent audit

  • Profit & Loss statement or supporting financial documents for 2020 to date

Document links below:

         (for use if needed)

Administrative Partner

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Please contact a participating partner with questions or for assistance with the application

Joint IDA of Wythe County

190 S. First St., Wytheville, VA 24382