Community Foundation Update (04/25/20)

Community Foundation Update (04/25/20)


The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced a second round of COVID-19 emergency grants, including rapid response grants of up to $25,000 for immediate needs related to the crisis and nonprofit adaptation grants of up to $5,000 for organizational adaptations to avoid or mitigate disruptions of service.


The Juneau Community Foundation has announced that its 2020 Food Assistance Fund–COVID-19 has raised roughly $45,000 from more than two hundred people — funds that will help support the Southeast Alaska Food Bank as it responds to increased demand for Juneau-area residents. The foundation also established a 2020 Community Assistance Fund–COVID-19 that, as of Tuesday, had received more than $75,000 from foundations and individuals.


The San Diego Foundation has announced $435,000 in rapid response grants to help close the digital divide for thousands of local students who are struggling to complete the school year. The grants from the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund also are helping individuals in San Diego who are homeless or in need of health care and other critical supports.


The Community Foundation of Central Illinois in Peoria is accepting applications for a first round of grants from the Central Illinois Disaster Recovery Fund, which will provide flexible financial support to the foundation's nonprofit partners responding to increased needs as a result of COVID-19. The deadline to apply for unrestricted grants of up to $5,000 is April 29.


The Community Foundation of Elkhart County has announced $2.9 million in grants to dozens of organizations in the county. Although most of the grants were focused on support for initiatives unrelated to COVID-19, the foundation set aside $750,000 that it otherwise might have awarded in this grant cycle because of the uncertainty caused by the public health crisis. Grant recipients include Tolson Center & Park, Cultivate Culinary, Junior Achievement, and Elkhart Health Fitness and Aquatics.


The Community Foundation of Frederick County has announced a third round of COVID-19 relief grants totaling $160,500, boosting its emergency grantmaking in support of local nonprofits to $285,500. Grant recipients include Blessings in a Backpack, the Claggett Center, Heartly House, and the Maryland Ensemble Theater.

New Mexico

The New Mexico Community Foundation has announced the creation of a Native American Relief Fund to assist Navajo, Apache, and Pueblo communities impacted by COVID-19. To that end, the fund will provide emergency grants to tribal communities and organizations working to bring food, water, and other supplies to some of the hardest-hit families and communities in New Mexico and beyond.


The PHL COVID-19 Fund has announced a third round of grants totaling more than $2.5 million to seventy-two nonprofit organizations on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis. Launched on March 19 by the Philadelphia Foundation and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, the fund has secured $14.5 million in gifts and pledges and awarded more than $7.3 million to nearly two hundred nonprofit organizations providing services to individuals with immediate and wide-ranging needs as a result of the pandemic.


The San Antonio Area Foundation has announced two gifts of $500,000, boosting the total raised for its COVID-19 Response Fund to $5.3 million. A $500,000 challenge grant from San Antonio philanthropist Harvey Najim resulted in a matching gift from the John L. Santikos Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation. The gifts, along with gifts from other donors, have helped to nearly double the size of the fund since it was launched on March 20.

The Austin Community Foundation has announced that All Together ATX, the COVID-19 response fund it established with United Way for Greater Austin, has awarded $1.8 million in grants to nearly a hundred organizations in central Texas working to support communities experiencing economic and health-related hardships caused by COVID-19. A first round of grants ranging from $3,000 to $50,000 will support projects that address food insecurity, basic and medical needs, un- and underemployment, and child care.


The Columbia Basin Foundation in Ephrata has announced a gift of $56,000 from Microsoft in support of its COVID-19 Crisis Fund. The funding will support local businesses, families, nonprofits, and first responders impacted by the coronavirus.


The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation has awarded more than $575,000 to local nonprofits working to address the impact of COVID-19. Grants from the foundation's Emergency Response Fund and the Green Bay Packers Give Back COVID-19 Community Relief Fund continue to help vulnerable residents of the area with basic needs, including food security, safe shelter, transportation, and access to care. Grant recipients in the third round of grantmaking include Door County Memorial Hospital Ministry Health Care, Jake’s Diapers, Literacy Partners of Kewaunee County, and Golden House.

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