03.25.20

COVID-19 Rapid Relief Fund Established to Help Local Organizations

COVID-19 Rapid Relief Fund Help will soon be available for Fayette County organizations impacted by COVID-19. The Fayette Community Foundation (FCF) has established a COVID-19 Rapid Relief Fund to assist community-based organizations addressing immediate needs as well as short- and longer-term impacts during the outbreak and recovery from the pandemic. 100% of these gifts will support the Fayette County community.

Local organizations are facing even more challenges than usual as demands for services increase and resources decrease. Organizations assisting with access to food, healthcare and human services will be eligible to apply.

For organizations seeking help, a simplified grant application process will make funds available more quickly. The brief application will be available on 4/3/2020.

Granting Approach

The Community Foundation in consultation and partnership with other community entities, will administer grants from the Fund in phases to help address immediate needs and short-term and longer-term impacts of the outbreak and recovery.

Examples of immediate need:

  • Access to food. With recent school closures, many children are missing out on daily food service and access to weekend backpack programs.
  • Shortage of volunteers. Social distancing protocol has many stepping back from their volunteer duties, requiring many nonprofits to reevaluate how they deliver services to those in need.
  • Healthcare sector support. Coronavirus poses unique challenges to educating, diagnosing and treating patients.
  • Human services sector support. Many families are in need of child care and other supportive services.

During Phase One, priority will be given to community-based organizations providing basic needs services to people who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis. This phase includes proactively identifying potential grant recipients and using input, guidance and research from organizations and others in the community to make grant decisions.

In order to move resources quickly and not further burden nonprofit organizations, during Phase One there will not be a formal application process for the fund. Agencies providing immediate basic needs relief can email Morgan Hamilton at mhamilton@givetofcf.com to share their needs so they can be considered during the granting process.

Grants will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent granting phases. Grants from the fund will be recommended by an advisory committee, Recipients of grants will be asked to submit a brief summary of how the grant dollars were used related to the crisis relief, response or recovery efforts.

How To Support The COVID-19 Community Response Fund:

online at: https://fayettefoundation.com/relief/
by mail: Fayette Community Foundation, 521 Central Ave., Suite A, Connersville, IN 47331 (please write COVID-19 Relief in the memo)
via Venmo: @Fayette-CommunityFoundation