The COVID-19 Response Fund |
GREATER WASHINGTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
WRAG, in coordination with peers in philanthropy throughout the Greater Washington region, is working to raise funds and deploy critical resources to nonprofits that are responding to the urgent health and economic needs of disproportionately impacted communities affected by COVID-19.
The COVID-19 Response Fund will serve as a mechanism to collect donations that can help with emergency preparedness activities or cash and other assistance to those in our community. With the information available to us, our funding priorities* are centered around:
- Providing supplies for direct service providers to cover emergency preparedness activities;
- Providing general operating support, especially for nonprofits that had to cancel major fundraising events and for volunteer-dependent direct service organizations;
- Providing small grants to individuals in the service industry impacted by lost wages;
- Providing additional food and supplies to low income people in quarantine;
- Small business and gig economy relief;
- Supporting organizations providing medical care access to marginalized communities; and
- Support to shelters, homeless service providers, and street outreach teams.
*Please note that as the crisis evolves, funding priorities may change.
Community Emergency Relief Fund
The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties has established a Community Emergency Relief Fund to accept and strategically disburse funding to address COVID-19 emergency response and relief efforts in Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties.
Members of the community who wish to support aid to those affected by COVID-19 may donate to the Community Emergency Relief Fund.
The Community Foundation will work closely with local nonprofit organizations to provide grants to agencies to meet both immediate and long-term needs related to the impact of COVID-19 in Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties.
Grants will be prioritized to organizations:
Providing direct financial assistance to individuals who need monetary assistance to meet basic needs such as housing, utilities, and medical expenses due to the impact of COVID-19;
Providing services directly addressing impact of COVID-19 such as food distribution, shelter, housing, and health care.
The Community Foundation will form a Community Emergency Relief Fund Advisory Committee to advise on the distribution of any funds raised. The Advisory Committee will include local experts on emergency response and local services, and will include diverse representation to ensure equitable distribution of the funds to those in need.
In the event that funds raised through the Community Emergency Relief Fund are no longer needed for COVID-19 relief, remaining funds will be reserved for future local disaster relief efforts.
ACT Now COVID-19 Response Fund
ACT and the City of Alexandria established the ACT Now Covid-19 Response Fund to provide emergency funding to nonprofits that are delivering the critical services and programs that are needed by Alexandrians right now.
The City of Alexandria will match donations, up to $100,000, to support the needs of nonprofit organizations experiencing an increase in demand for services as they support Alexandrians affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
United Way of NCA Emergency Assistance Fund (EAF)
United Way NCA has reactivated its Emergency Assistance Fund to promote the health, education and financial stability of our community, especially for those residents who have or will be impacted by restrictions and closures of schools, businesses, and community institutions designed to slow the spread of the virus.
The urgency is real! In the weeks and months ahead, the EAF will provide additional capacity to community-based organizations in the region to deliver economic assistance and access to vital food and basic need supplies to the thousands of school-age children who depend on their school’s meal programs and workers in the region who already have and will be impacted by the temporary loss of income.
Arlington Community Foundation COVID-19 Prompt Response Fund
To meet the urgent challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak in Arlington, Arlington Community Foundation is focusing the Prompt Response Fund exclusively on support to nonprofit organizations who are on the front lines with clients, patients, and residents impacted by the health crisis. This includes organizations focused on:
- emergency food needs
- health needs for the uninsured or underinsured, and
- support for hourly workers displaced from their wage-earning positions.