Lorain County Cares COVID-19 Response Fund

Community Foundation of Lorain County

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Technology Access & Digital Literacy Public Infrastructure Youth Involvement in the Arts Youth Services Education Senior Services Basic Human Needs Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Indigenous Group, Government Entity

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Lorain County, Ohio

Location of residency: Lorain County, Ohio

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About this funder:



It is times like these that working together becomes even more critical. COVID-19 has turned our world upside down in countless ways, but the strength of Lorain County has endured adversity before. Working collaboratively, we have made great strides in ensuring the future of our community, and now more than ever, we will do our best to help our non-profits face the challenging times ahead.  

To kick-start these efforts, a group of seven local foundations and community partners have joined forces in creating the Lorain County Cares COVID-19 Response Fund to deploy much-needed resources to organizations that work with people and communities that may be most adversely impacted by COVID-19. We are actively seeking additional partners to contribute to the Fund. 

So far, each of the following community partners has contributed a significant amount to bring our initial total to $130,000. 

As we have learned during the last few weeks, the consequences of this pandemic are rapidly evolving. We will continue to take the pulse of our community and make appropriate improvements to our plans just as swiftly. Initially, our funding priorities are as follows: 

  • Emergency Assistance/Basic Needs (including assistance to our senior population)
  • Education and Youth Services (including arts & culture programs)
  • Infrastructure (including the need for digital inclusion) 

Community Foundation of Lorain County will award grants on a rolling basis. As fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, the Fund will adapt to emerging needs as conditions warrant.

What is the Response Fund going to fund?

The Lorain County Cares COVID–19 Response Fund has been established to help Lorain County non-profit organizations that are responding to the spread of COVID-19 and experiencing financial challenges by doing so. Applications that detail and document unexpected loss of revenue or sudden increases in expenses directly related to the COVID-19 may be submitted. Grants from the Fund will likely only serve to assist and supplement the total dollar amount needed—and should not be expected to supplant or replace in entirety.

Will this fund support projected lost revenue, increased expenses?

The grant process is as fluid as is the situation. At this time, priority goes to applicants that can demonstrate budgetary need, in actual terms. Requests for emergency funding addressing COVID-19’s direct impact resulting in unexpected loss of revenue or sudden increases in expenses should be specifically related to the organization’s mission, service delivery, or core functions.

How will the Fund shift gears if needed?

The Fund priorities may evolve as our region adapts to the COVID-19 outbreak. We will continue to prioritize communities most impacted, recognizing deep and historical inequities that are likely to be magnified in times of crisis. Crisis philanthropy acknowledges the need to provide immediate resources for triage, as well as the importance of recovery resources to ensure community resilience.

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  • Based upon the charitable structure of the COVID-19 Response Fund, our grants are limited to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, or other philanthropic organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities. 


  • The COVID-19 Response Fund will prioritize community-based organizations serving Lorain County.


  • We are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5), and 501(c)(6) organizations.


This page was last reviewed August 07, 2020 and last updated August 07, 2020