Calls to Action

UNA Letter to Governor Cox Concerning American Rescue Plan Act Funding 

Kate Rubalcava, M.Ed. 
4900 S Highland Dr., Suite B 
Holladay, UT 84117


May 12, 2021
The Honorable Spencer J. Cox 
Governor of Utah 
350 N. State Street, Suite 200 P.O. Box 142220 Salt Lake City, UT  84114-2220


Dear Governor Cox, 

As the State of Utah prepares to receive American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for state, local, territory, and tribal governments, we urge you and the State Legislature to set aside a significant portion of the funds as grants to local nonprofits.  

In the interim final rule, the Treasury Department issued at the beginning of this week, it made clear that the money given to the state can also be used to provide relief to nonprofits. These organizations are still experiencing significant strain as needs in communities remain elevated and funding is still uncertain. In our most recent survey of nonprofits in the state, nonprofits reported a 30.43% revenue decline in 2020, as compared to 2019. But these same nonprofits also reported a 10.76% decline in revenue so far this year, as compared to the same period in 2020. Lastly, staffing at these nonprofits saw a dramatic drop, with a drop of 20.32% in staff in 2021 as compared to 2020 being reported, or a 37% decline as compared to 2019.  

Nonprofits are essential to the communities we serve. We provide lifesaving medical services, mental health resources, food for struggling children and families, child care, skills and job training, education and education support services, animal welfare, and so much more. Our nonprofit organizations have all answered the call during the pandemic to serve, but have and still are struggling to keep up with demand. As you can see from our most recent survey, nonprofits need more support as the economy continues to recover from the pandemic-related economic downturn. The ARPA funds provided to the state, its localities and tribal governments presents the best opportunity to continue supporting the nonprofits that so many care for and rely on. 

All my best,

Kate Rubalcava, M.Ed.  
Chief Executive Officer 
Utah Nonprofits Association 

Read the full letter, including our 10 suggested eligibility criteria for potential ARPA Grants to Nonprofits

Utah Organizations in Support of ARPA Funds Allocation to Support Community Organizations

A Mothers Foundation
AAA Fair Credit Foundation
able differently
Aerospace Heritage Foundation of Utah
Almitas Foundation
Alzheimer's Association, Utah Chapter
American Red Cross
Art Access
Association of Nature Center Administrators
Avian Sanctuary and Protection
Bad Dog Arts
Bear O Care
Beddome Consulting LLC
Better Days
Bountiful Davis Art Center
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake
Boys & Girls Clubs of Weber/Davis
Cache Humane Society
Canyonlands Field Institute
Cedar City Area Chamber of Commerce
Centro Hispano
Change 4 Love
Cherish Families
Children's Service Society of Utah
Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation
Citrine Investments LLC
Clever Octopus Inc
Columbus Community Center
Craft Lake City
CTA Community Supports
Curly Me!
Davis Arts Council
Disable Rights Action Committee
DOVE Center
DUP McQuarrie Memorial Museum
EATS Park City
English Skills Learning Center
First Tee Utah
First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City
Friends Against Family Violence
Friends of the Children - Utah
Friends of the Moab Folk Festival
Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation
Girl Scouts of Utah
Grand Staircase Escalante Partners
Granite Education Foundation
Guadalupe Center Educational Programs
Guatemalan Humanitarian Tours
Habitat for Humanity of Summit & Wasatch Counties, Utah
Harry Bertoia Foundation
HawkWatch International
Homecare and Hospice Association of Utah
Hope Alliance
House of Hope
I SEE You! Foundation
IJ & Jeanne Wagner Jewish Community Center
Iron County Care and Share
Jewish Family Services
Jordan River Foundation
Junior League of Salt Lake City
Kayenta Arts Foundation
Kimball Art Center
Literacy Action Center
Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains
Lyrical Opera Theater
Moab Free Health Clinic
Montessori Educational Foundaton
Mountain Mediation Center
Mountain West Mothers' Milk Bank
Mountainlands Community Housing
National Ability Center
Neighborhood House Association
Neighborhood NonProfit Housing Corporation
NeighborWorks Salt Lake
Nonprofit Legal Services of Utah
Northeastern Utah Avian Education Center
NOVA Chamber Music Series
Nurture the Creative Mind
Ogden Valley Adaptive Sports
OPTIONS for Independence
Park City Community Foundation
Park City Film
Park City Museum and Historical Society
Park City School District Child Care Center
Peace House
People Helping People
People's Health Clinic
Philippines Humanitarian
Plantasia Charitable Organization
Poverty Reduction Services
Pregnancy Resource Center of Salt Lake City
Preservation Utah
Project Read
Rape Recovery Center
Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company
Riverton Arts
Rocky Mountain Innocence Center
Ron Woodbury Consulting
Root For Kids
Safe Harbor Crisis Center
Salt Lake Donated Dental Services
Salt Lake Education Foundation
Salty Cricket
Sandbox theatre company
South Valley Services
Special Olympics Utah
Spy Hop Productions
St. George Area Chamber Of Commerce
St. George Children's Museum
Team Utah Mountain Sports
The Bradley Center for Grieving Children and Families
The Children's Center
The Foundation for the Prevention of Violence
The INN Between
The International Rescue Committee
The Leonardo
The MILK Foundation, Inc.
The Mundi Project
The Refuge Utah
The Sharing Place
Third Sun Productions
Tracy Aviary
Trails Foundation of Northern Utah
TURN Community Services
United Way of Northern Utah
Utah Arts Festival
Utah Association of CPAs
Utah Center for Legal Inclusion
Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy
Utah Dine Bikeyah
Utah Down Syndrome Foundation
Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre
Utah Film Center
Utah Filmmakers Association
Utah Homicide Survivors
Utah Parent Center
Utah Pet Partners
Utah Shakespeare Festival
Utah Society for Environmental Education
Utah Youth Village
Wasatch Adaptive Sports.
Washington County Historical Society
West Valley Arts
Wild Canyon Discovery
Wild Utah Project
Women's Business Center of Utah
YCC Family Crisis Center
YMCA of Northern Utah
Youth Futures
Youth Impact Inc
Youth Sports Alliance