In 2013, the Community Foundation began awarding grants to five human service organizations so they could establish and maintain “essential need” dollars for times when their clients need important and quick assistance. As our community faces the coronavirus outbreak, we recognize that the impact on our community systems including health care, education and business is truly unprecedented.
We will utilize the Essential Needs Fund to provide important support to our nonprofit partners who are offering emergency relief to families and individuals in need, and to support our nonprofit partners who have experienced financial hardship in their operations due to COVID-19. Specifically:
1. Grants may be used to provide flexible dollars to local organizations that are helping our community’s most vulnerable residents with increased or unexpected needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic that, if unmet, could result in a crisis situation for those individuals and their families;
2. Grants may also support the general operations of nonprofit organizations within all sectors of the community that have experienced considerable financial hardship due to COVID-19. For operating support from the Essential Needs Fund, organizations must demonstrate that their hardship is due to COVID-19. For example, but not limited to, large increase in demand for services, lost earned revenue due to cancelled events, closed resale stores or cancelled or reduced fundraisers.
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