Peninsula Community COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund (CERF)

Greater Gig Harbor Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Economic Services & Development Health Care Access & Delivery Community Health Education Community Services Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Pierce County, Washington

Location of residency: Pierce County, Washington

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About this funder:



A coalition of community partners have joined together to create a COVID-19 Community Relief Fund that will rapidly deploy flexible resources to community-based organizations working directly with community members affected by the coronavirus outbreak in the greater Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula region.

Hosted by the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation, the Peninsula Community COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) will provide flexible resources to organizations working across our Key and Gig Harbor peninsula communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus outbreak and the resulting economic consequences. 100% of all donations will go directly to relief efforts in our community. CERF is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand our community’s ability to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.

In the near term, we expect the first phase of these rapid-response grants to help address:

  • The economic impact of reduced and lost work due to the coronavirus outbreak
  • Immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations caused by closures and cancellations related to COVID-19 
  • Increased demand for medical information and support
  • Fear and confusion about the outbreak among our community’s most vulnerable residents 

The Foundation will administer grants in partnership with the Relief Fund Coalition, formed of community leaders, business partners, local agencies and nonprofits. Together we will work with our community to proactively identify areas of greatest need, solicit guidance on potential recipients from community advisors, and make awards.

So that we can quickly move resources and not further burden organizations on the frontlines of the pandemic, there is a simplified needs. 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. The Fund expects to make an initial round of grants within the next few weeks.

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


  • Based upon the charitable structure of the Fund, grants are limited to 501c3 nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities.
  • The Peninsula CERF will prioritize community-based organizations serving the greater Key and Gig Harbor peninsula region.
    • There are many organizations in Pierce County and beyond with broader footprints, that may serve organizations outside GGHF’s service area.