Orange County Government Public Information Officer

Empowering Good Applications Open for Spring ‘23

32 Non-profit Organizations Participate in the First Cohort Funded by the American Rescue Plan Act

Orange County Government Crummer Rollins Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership


Funded by the American Rescue Plan Act in Orange County and led by the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy& Nonprofit Leadership, Empowering Good equips local nonprofits with the tools necessary to succeed in the post-pandemic environment. The program assists small grassroots and diverse-led Orange County non-profit organizations in focusing on impact measurement, innovation, financial management, fundraising and risk management. Thirty-two non-profit organizations are currently participating in the first cohort.

The next cohort of Empowering Good begins in March 2023. Applications are currently open until January 13, 2023.


  • Spring 2023 Application Deadline:
    Friday, January 13th at 11:59 PM
  • Upcoming VIRTUAL Information Sessions:
    Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 1-2 PM
    Thursday, December 8, 2022, 10-11 AM


The first cohort includes organizations with the following characteristics:

  • 100% reported major pandemic disruption to their organization (either in their ability to deliver their services or in lost revenue).
  • 86% are small grassroots, minority-led and/or female-led organizations.
  • 78% have a budget of less than $250,000; 58% with a budget of $100,000 or less.


For more information or to sign-up for one of the upcoming information sessions, visit

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