Pierce County Connected: COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

Greater Tacoma Community Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Basic Human Needs

Applicant type: Government Entity, Indigenous Group, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Pierce County, Washington

Location of residency: Pierce County, Washington

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Pierce County Connected: COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

As the public health response to COVID-19 in Pierce County escalated on March 13, 2020, United Way of Pierce County and Greater Tacoma Community Foundation partnered for an aligned philanthropic response to emerging community needs. Together, they launched the PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED fund, seeded with $750,000 from GTCF. GTCF committed another $1 million in matching dollars for regional funders joining in the effort. Since the launch, numerous regional funders contributed to the fund, and have exceeded the matching amount. The chart above will be updated weekly to reflect the latest information about the fund balance. 

The PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED fund supports organizations providing services to address urgent needs and the disruption of basic human services to Pierce County’s most vulnerable populations due to COVID-19 and the necessary public health measures to address it.  

PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED partners are committed to delivering rapid funding to organizations in a way that supports their continued services to vulnerable populations with the fewest barriers possible.

With that in mind, this is not a typical grant application process. This process is designed to surface urgent and emerging needs in the community related to COVID-19 disruptions, elevate these funding needs to a broad networks of funders and GTCF fundholders, and rapidly move PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED funds into the community for those applicants that meet the criteria.

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


  • Requests will be accepted from organizations and entities with services based in Pierce County including tribal governments, local governments, school districts, 501c3 nonprofit organizations, intermediaries, and fiscally sponsored projects or collaborations.
  • Vulnerable populations include, but are not limited to, people with food insecurity, people experiencing homelessness, communities of color, frontline workers, immigrants, people experiencing domestic violence, people needing behavioral health supports, people with disabilities, remote or isolated persons or families, and senior citizens.


This page was last reviewed September 28, 2020 and last updated September 28, 2020