CFCV: The Coronavirus Response Fund

Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Muscogee County, Georgia

Location of residency: Muscogee County, Georgia

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NOTE: To deploy resources rapidly, we will not be accepting requests for funding or posting a grant application. We will instead work together with community advisors and funders to identify organizations currently providing types of support to area residents that are aligned with the priorities of the Response Fund to expand available resources and relief. Priorities in the first phase of funding will include: food, childcare, transportation, and healthcare or prescription assistance.

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The Coronavirus Response Fund, hosted by Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley (CFCV) in partnership with United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley (UWCV), will provide flexible resources to organizations in the Columbus area working with our most vulnerable citizens: members of communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic consequences of this outbreak. This philanthropic response will work closely with government, business partners and other philanthropic resources to help the Response Fund rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the front lines of our area’s current Coronavirus pandemic.

Charitable grants will fund organizations and programs that have deep roots in our community and strong experience working to provide residents with access to food, prescriptions/healthcare, childcare and basic needs. The Fund is designed to complement the work of local public health, nonprofit, and government entities, and to expand local capacity to support individuals and families experiencing hardship because of the outbreak and related closures and disruptions.

The first phase of the rapid-response grants will increase resiliency in disproportionately affected communities by addressing the immediate and basic needs of economically vulnerable populations caused by loss of work or reduced wages, school and business closures, and the increased demand for healthcare information and support among our most vulnerable community members. If there are charitable opportunities to minimize the number of people who are exposed to the disease, these could potentially also be supported in the initial grant rounds. The Response Fund hopes to move an initial round of area grants within the next few weeks.

CFCV will administer grants from the Response Fund in partnership with UWCV and in close collaboration with community partners and local governments. Together, we will proactively identify potential grant recipients, solicit guidance on potential partnerships and recommend final awards as quickly as possible. Funds 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 funding phases.

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  • We anticipate multiple phases of funding to address both the acute needs now and the longer-term impacts of the outbreak and recovery.
    • In this first phase, we are prioritizing community-based organizations that are serving communities and individuals who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis.
    • Our immediate focus areas include access to food; access to health care and prescription medications; access to transportation, and access to child care.
  • Based upon the charitable structure of the Coronavirus Response Fund, our grants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities.
    • We will do our best to use philanthropic resources to address needs that are outside of governmental responsibility, but we also appreciate that philanthropy can often act nimbly in a way that government cannot.
  • The Coronavirus Response Fund will prioritize grants to community-based organizations within the Columbus, GA, area.
    • We are doing this with a recognition that many nonprofits serve workers and residents in our neighboring counties.