BCF: COVID-19 Community Response Fund

Billings Community Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Up to US $2,500

Fields of work: Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Basic Human Needs

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Preferred: Yellowstone County, Montana Other eligible locations: Counties in Montana: Big Horn County, Carbon County, Custer County, Fergus County, Musselshell County Show all

Location of residency: Preferred: Yellowstone County, Montana Other eligible locations: Counties in Montana: Big Horn County, Carbon County, Custer County, Fergus County, Musselshell County Show all

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Overview:

NOTE: The Fund will begin accepting applications on Monday, March 30th. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling weekly basis each Thursday.

About the Fund

The COVID-19 Community Response Fund was established in partnership by the Billings Community Foundation and the United Way of Yellowstone County. It is receiving support from individuals, corporations, and foundations throughout our region to provide immediate and coordinated response to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The Fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand local nonprofit capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak pandemic as efficiently as possible.
  • The Fund's first priority and focus is to distribute grants to nonprofit organizations providing disaster relief efforts and serving economically vulnerable children, families, and seniors impacted by COVID-19.

The Billings Community Foundation and the United Way of Yellowstone County have a long history of efficiently managing and providing quick turnaround to get funds where they are needed most. The Funding Partners are committed to being nimble, adaptive and transparent in all of these efforts.

Fund Guidelines

75% of all contributions into the Fund will be immediately made available to meet growing needs in the following priority categories:

  • Shelter and housing assistance
  • Food security for children, families, and seniors
  • Basic needs to meet increased demand
  • Maintaining existing services to vulnerable population
  • Non-profit capacity to meet social distancing guidelines.

Yellowstone County Continuum of Care

In an effort to reduce duplicative process and inefficiency, the remaining 25% of the COVID 19 Response Fund will go directly to the Yellowstone County Continuum of Care (CoC) Diversion Fund to meet growing shelter and homelessness needs.

The CoC is an experienced and coordinated group of non-profit leaders best suited to effectively address emergency housing assistance.

*CoC members will access those funds through the existing CoC Diversion Fund procedures.

**CoC members are invited to apply to the COVID-19 Community Response Grant Cycle for needs not currently being met through the CoC Diversion Fund or other CoC mechanisms.

*** In order to stay responsive to ever changing needs, the guidelines, process, and application herein is also subject to change.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • The Fund will provide flexible resources to 501(c)3 organizations in Yellowstone County and surrounding rural communities working with citizens who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the economic consequences of this pandemic.

Preferences:

  • Preference is currently being giving to charitable organizations in Yellowstone County meeting the highest needs. 

Ineligibility:

  • We cannot offer direct funds to individuals at this time.

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