CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Child Care Services Health Care Access & Delivery Basic Human Needs Food Access & Hunger Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense

Location of project: Counties in Georgia: Burke County, Columbia County, Glascock County, Jefferson County, Lincoln County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in Georgia: Burke County, Columbia County, Glascock County, Jefferson County, Lincoln County Show all

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NOTE: Applications submitted by 4:00PM on Tuesday will be considered for funding that week. Applications submitted after that time will be considered the following week. Exceptions may be made in emergency situations and on a case by case basis.  

The COVID-19 fund is now only funding emergency triage service grants until the end of May. To be considered at this time, grants must be for direct emergency services only. In June we will also begin to accept grants from organizations who are experiencing hardship due to COVID-19.

CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

With children out of school, businesses temporarily closing, performances shuttered and workers being laid off, there has never been a time where community support and financial resources have been more badly needed. The Community Foundation for the CSRA and United Way of the CSRA have partnered to create the CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. 

The fund will support those most vulnerable to the economic and health-related impacts caused by the pandemic. 

The CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund will award grants to organizations supporting families with young children and teens on free and reduced lunch; individuals without health insurance, access to sick days or access to healthcare; seniors and older adults; the homeless population or those at risk of becoming homeless; low-wage workers including hospitality, service industry, artists who can't work due to COVID-19, and gig economy workers. Initial funding priorities will focus on programs serving the immediate needs of these economically vulnerable populations. Programs should address one or more of the following: 

  • Food Insecurity
  • Emergency Shelter or Rent
  • Utility Assistance
  • Medical Supports
  • Child Care


The Fund has been awarding general operating support grants. Award amounts have varied based on organizational capacity, scope of services provided, community needs and total resources available.

We anticipate making decisions quickly and on a weekly basis. Information about selected grantees will be posted on United Way and the Community Foundation’s websites, including short descriptions of the services and support they are providing. We hope that this transparency will help the community navigate available resources.

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


  • To be eligible to receive a grant, organizations must:
    • Be in good standing with the Community Foundation for the CSRA and the United Way of the CSRA
    • Be classified by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3) of the I.R.S. code as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, donations to which are deductible as charitable contributions under Section 170 (c)(2) or have a fiscal sponsor that qualifies as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. I.R.S. determination must be current 
    • Be registered with the Secretary of State as a nonprofit (Georgia or South Carolina as applicable)
    • Have needs related to COVID-19
    • Be located and providing services in one of these counties: Aiken, Burke, Columbia, Edgefield, Glascock, Jefferson, Lincoln, McCormick, McDuffie, Richmond, Taliaferro, Warren, Wilkes
    • Have strong relationships and trust in the community.