Healthcare and Economic Relief Fund

Brandywine Health Foundation

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense

Location of project: Chester County, Pennsylvania

Location of residency: Chester County, Pennsylvania

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NOTE: The Fund will open March 20, 2020. The Foundation will assess when the initial rolling grant cycle will close contingent on community need and available funds.

About the Relief Fund

As a responsive philanthropic organization, the Brandywine Health Foundation created the Healthcare and Economic Relief Fund in response to the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). In lieu of hosting our annual Garden Party, the Foundation felt it was prudent to cancel its signature event and forgo raising its general operating support, in order to meet the emergent needs of the community as a result of the global pandemic of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The coronavirus is a wakeup call as to just how susceptible vulnerable populations like, older residents and persons with chronic diseases are at high risk for contracting the virus. Not to mention the community spread among the general public exacerbates the outbreak and disrupts business as usual causing an economic hardship on many residents and businesses. As a result, the Brandywine Health Foundation has re-examined its role in response to this public health crisis and potential future outbreaks. Due to the uncertainty and the long-term impact of the coronavirus and other potential public health and economic crises, the Brandywine Health Foundation recognizes its philanthropic role must be responsive and nimble to meet the immediate, interim and long-term needs of the community.

Relief Fund Service Area

The overall goal of the Fund is to provide flexible resources to nonprofit organizations in the Greater Coatesville area serving the Coatesville Area School District geographic area including:

  • City of Coatesville,
  • Boroughs of Modena and South Coatesville and
  • Townships of Caln, East Fallowfield, Sadsbury, Valley, West Brandywine and West Caln

The Fund will specifically target communities that are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 and the economic, health and social consequences of this outbreak. The establishment of the Healthcare and Economic Relief Fund creates a pathway providing rapid identification of community needs that support basic health, safety and sanitation supplies and equipment. The Fund will also support community-based organizations providing basic need services such as rental, utility and food, assistance. Lastly, we are also mindful of the social isolation and mental stress the COVID-19 outbreak has caused, therefore the Fund will support new ways to deliver social and behavioral health services. The needs of our community will vary greatly and we welcome projects that immediately relieve the stress on individuals, families and our community.

Rolling Grant Timeline

The first phase of rapid-response grants will increase resiliency in disproportionately affected communities by addressing the health and economic impact of reduced and lost work due to the broader COVID-19 outbreak, the immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations caused by COVID-19 related closures, the increased demand for medical information and support, and fear and confusion about the outbreak among our most vulnerable residents. The Foundation will simplify the request for funds by making the application process and review of proposals streamlined, in order to quickly deploy resources. Foundation staff will proactively identify potential grant recipients, solicit guidance on potential recipients from community advisors, funders and county directors, review and make final awards. The first phase of funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak, followed by another phase to support the recovery and stabilization periods of the crisis making it possible to adapt to evolving needs.

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


  • Non-profit organizations serving the Greater Coatesville area as outlined above are eligible to request one-time rapid-response operating grants.
  • These nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations have deep roots in community and strong experience working with residents without health insurance, underinsured and/or access to sick days, people with limited English language proficiency, gig and hourly workers impacted by steady employment, and in communities of color, among others.
  • The Healthcare and Economic Relief Fund is designed to complement the work of public health, human service and community economic development initiatives and the continuation or augmentation of services negatively impacted by all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.